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Graphic Design A Level - 2020:21


Location: Farnham Sixth Form College
Course Code: FCGRA-AL
Year: 2020:21
Duration: 2 Years
FT/PT:  Part-Time 
  
Exam Board:  Assessment and Qualifications Alliance (AQA)
Fees (16-18): £ 0
Fees (Adv Learner Loan): £ 2583
   
07/09/2020Places Available
Subject Area


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Content / Overview 

The course comprises of two, unassessed components in year one and two assessed components in year two.

You will produce a personal investigation and undertake an externally set assignment. You will learn how to develop graphic design ideas through sustained investigations based on contextual sources and will experiment with a wide variety of traditional and contemporary resources, media, materials, techniques and processes to produce personal and meaningful pieces of graphic design.

Modules include:

  • Developing a portfolio
  • Investigating contextual references in design
  • Applying graphic ideas through investigation and research
  • Experiment with traditional and contemporary resources and materials
  • Developing industry knowledge for career progression
  • Developing personal ideas and concepts

All 16-19 year olds on full-time programmes will be required to retake GCSE English and Maths or to undertake Functional Skills, if they have not already attained the equivalent of a GCSE grade C in these subjects, every year of their course, until they complete their studies.


Course Modules 

Steps to Success Year 1 Year 2
Route and Progression arrows

Entry Requirements
At least five GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including Maths and English Language. In addition you should have a grade 4 (grade C) or above in an Art and/or design related subject.

Entry Requirements
85% or above attendance in year one.

Specialist Academic Skills

A confident ability to create and develop ideas using a wide variety of traditional materials and techniques and digital software based on a thorough understanding of a variety of graphic design styles and movements.

A confident ability to critically analyse, review and refine own ideas.

A confident ability to develop and realise relevant and meaningful solutions showing an in depth understanding of a brief.

A confident ability to effectively plan, organise and manage a brief from inception to successful conclusion.

Essential Skills for Progression

Development of English and ICT within the programme

Confidently record ideas in a variety of ways

Confidently use graphic design software

Confidently use inspirational sources to develop ideas

Experiment with a variety of media and processes

Development of English and ICT within the programme

Confidently record ideas in a variety of ways

Confidently use graphic design software

Confidently use inspirational sources to develop ideas

Confidently select appropriate materials and techniques

Effectively plan and manage time

Effectively define target audience

Subject Specific Enrichment

Possible trips to graphic design related exhibitions.

Possible trips to universities offering graphic design and related programmes of study at higher level.

Possible guest speakers from universities.

Possible guest lectures and/or workshops from universities.

Possible presentations of portfolios from ex-students.

Possible trips to graphic design related exhibitions.

Possible trips to universities offering graphic design and related programmes of study at higher level.

Possible guest speakers from universities.

Possible guest lectures and/or workshops from universities.

Possible presentations of portfolios from ex-students.

Mock interviews for HE/job applicants.

Personal Development (EEP)

Managing own learning

Organising self

Independent study and use of online learning

Trips and visits

Personal safety and ELM themes

Managing own learning

Independent study and use of online learning

Reflective learning

Trips and visits

Personal safety and ELM themes

Building on Social, Community and Employability Skills (EEP)

Team working, options might include

Participation in sports

Citizenship

Charity fund-raising

Preparation for employment

Practitioner values & attitudes

Experience of work

Team working, options might include

Participation in sports

Citizenship

Charity fund-raising

Practitioner values & attributes

Experience of work

Skills development in a range of specialisms tailored to employment in the arts

 


Why Study Here

There is a well equipped studio with industry standard software, combined with interactive teaching and learning. 100% pass rates, high grades and outstanding value added rates, with great progression opportunities. This is a wide ranging course mixing traditional skills and industry standard software.


Suitable For

A good choice for creative students interested in solving communication problems in innovative, visual ways. Suitable for students with an interest in graphic design. A good course to accompany other arts related subjects for breadth of industry knowledge


Application Method

Application followed by individual interview

Entry Requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including Maths and English Language. In addition you should have a grade 4 (grade C) or above in an Art and/or design related subject.



Delivery Method

Practically based course exploring graphic design. Classroom based with coursework and controlled assessment.


Homework

Homework tasks directly relate to the project being produced in sessions; this could mean research into a particular designer or design movement, initial ideas or idea developments. As much time should be spent on homework as in classroom sessional work.

Assessment

In year 2 only - 60% personal investigation, 40% externally set assignment


Further Study

Degree or careers in graphic design, advertising, illustration, product design, animation, web design, interior design or architecture.


Additional Information

Equipment is provided, although it is recommended that students purchase some items to use at home. Material fees will be approximately £50.



All students aged 19 years or over on 1 September in the first year of their course are expected to pay tuition, registration, exam fees and all other course related costs. Some assistance with these costs may be available depending on your circumstances and the latest government funding position.

There are normally no tuition, registration or examination fees to pay if you are aged 16-18 on 1 September in the first year of your course and are a British or European Union resident. This does not apply to HNCs/Ds, Foundation Degrees, Degrees or courses that do not attract government funding (identified as 'no fee remission available on this course').

 

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