Graphic Communication

A Level - A Levels

Start Date

4th September 2018

Course Duration

2 years


Full time


Newcastle Sixth Form College

Course Overview

Graphics is about communicating ideas and information through graphic imagery involving visual and textual content. This course combines research and design methods; an understanding of historical, cultural and contemporary contexts; media skills; experimentation and creative development.

You will be encouraged to develop individual solutions to design briefs in both traditional and digital media. Knowledge of Graphics and an overview of the world of Art and Design will be approached through research and analysis. It will include responding to the work of Artists, drawing, sketching of ideas and working from first-hand experience within specified deadlines.

Students will produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas of study including advertising, packaging design, design for print, illustration and communication graphics.

Art and Design Graphics students will develop practical and theoretical knowledge, critical thinking and creativity through understanding of relevant materials, processes, and ways of conveying ideas, feelings and meanings which are aimed at a target market.


Year 12
Component 1. (Portfolio) At least one extended collection of work, or project, based on an idea, concept, theme or issue, from initial starting point to a realisation.

Component 2. (Externally set assignment - 10 hours of supervised time). The emphasis is on the development of ideas. In Component 2 you will produce a meaningful response to one of five exciting starting points.

Year 13
Component 1. You will develop work for a personal investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme supported by written material of 1000-3000 words.

Component 2. (Externally set assignment - 15 hours of supervised time) You will produce personal work in response to one of eight exciting starting points.

All Art and Design subjects require students to explore the use of drawing for different purposes, using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales.

Students will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of Art and Design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples.

Progression and Career Opportunities

Studying an Art and Design Graphics related degree at university can give you all sorts of exciting career options, including: Graphic Communication, Free Lance Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Typographer, Advertising Executive, Marketing, Publishing, Packaging Design, Games Design, Animation, Web / App Design, Film / TV Graphics, Motion Graphics, Interactive Design, Exhibition Design, Interior / Spatial Design, Production Design, Scientific / Medical illustrator, Studio Manager, Art Director or Teacher.