What is Graphic Communication?

Our course mimics the professional working practices of both graphic designers and illustrators. You will respond to set briefs by combining image and text to effectively and aesthetically advertise something such as a product or event, illustrate a text or visually communicate an idea or issue. You will draw a lot, however this may be manually by hand or using digital software depending on your ability, preference and most importantly the appropriate method that suits the brief. There are opportunities to work in 3D and with moving image and at all times you are encouraged to be an experimental artist/designer and produce outcomes to briefs that are intelligent, playful and above all original.

Specifics

  • Course specific entry requirements

    Grade 5 from Art or Graphics. Merit or above if BTEC*

  • Assessment methods

    1 exam project, 1 coursework project

  • Course duration

    2 years

  • Course type

    Linear A-level

  • Exam board

    AQA

How you will study:

The Graphics course at Xaverian gives you the opportunity to develop a highly creative, personal style whilst understanding and acknowledging the needs of professional clients.

You will learn about the design process from thumbnailing and developing ideas to finalising outcomes. You will experiment with traditional manual techniques such as drawing/illustration, typography, collage, printmaking, photography and 3D construction. Often you will then enhance or translate your designs digitally using Adobe Photoshop and/ or Illustrator to achieve a more professional, finished look. Previous experience working with this computer software is useful but not essential.

Your learning experiences will include: whole class and small group demonstrations; individual discussions and personal exploration; sketchbook/ design sheets and larger scale developmental work; study trips and working with artists.

Course content summary:

  • Portfolio Unit:

    You work and develop ideas using a range of processes, skills and techniques producing a portfolio of coursework exemplifying work carried out.

  • Personal Investigation:

    You will develop a practical project which will be supported by a written element of 1000-3000 words.

  • Externally Set Assignment:

    You will have approximately ten weeks to produce prep work. At the end of this lead in time you will produce final work in 15 hrs of unaided, supervised time.

Student Success

  • Dylan Serventi studied Graphics and Art A-levels at Xaverian before moving on to the prestigious Art Foundation course at Manchester Metropolitan University. Throughout the 2 years he spent with us Dylan developed a truly unique approach and produced a variety of highly conceptual films and video games often tackling complex societal issues such as consumerism. A fiercely independent artist, Dylan’s fusion of philosophy and motion graphics resulted in him achieving an A* overall.

  • Zahra Nawaz studied Graphics alongside Art at Xaverian. It was evident from the beginning that Zahra was a very gifted artist and designer and over the 3 years she spent with us she continued to hone her craft and create more and more beautiful illustrations. Her digital portraits were particularly exquisite and her subject matter often focused on issues of identity and discrimination. She achieved a very well deserved A* overall.

  • Enrichment activities have included: Workshops at Media City creating animations for BBC 2’s ‘Stargazing Live’ with Professor Brian Cox, design competitions, trips to museums and galleries, department visits to Berlin, Paris, Barcelona & St.Ives, Cornwall.

What can I do after Xaverian?

Many art and design degree courses require students to do an Art Foundation course. Other students have progressed directly on to vocational design courses. Possible careers include advertising, graphic design, web design, animation, product design, 3D computer modelling, and illustration.

Student Success

  • Dylan Serventi studied Graphics and Art A-levels at Xaverian before moving on to the prestigious Art Foundation course at Manchester Metropolitan University. Throughout the 2 years he spent with us Dylan developed a truly unique approach and produced a variety of highly conceptual films and video games often tackling complex societal issues such as consumerism. A fiercely independent artist, Dylan’s fusion of philosophy and motion graphics resulted in him achieving an A* overall.

  • Zahra Nawaz studied Graphics alongside Art at Xaverian. It was evident from the beginning that Zahra was a very gifted artist and designer and over the 3 years she spent with us she continued to hone her craft and create more and more beautiful illustrations. Her digital portraits were particularly exquisite and her subject matter often focused on issues of identity and discrimination. She achieved a very well deserved A* overall.

  • Enrichment activities have included: Workshops at Media City creating animations for BBC 2’s ‘Stargazing Live’ with Professor Brian Cox, design competitions, trips to museums and galleries, department visits to Berlin, Paris, Barcelona & St.Ives, Cornwall.

What can I do after Xaverian?

Many art and design degree courses require students to do an Art Foundation course. Other students have progressed directly on to vocational design courses. Possible careers include advertising, graphic design, web design, animation, product design, 3D computer modelling, and illustration.