GCSE Art: Graphic Communication

“Candidates should produce practical outcomes informed by critical/contextual sources in response to project briefs.”

Qualification

GCSE

Awarding Body

AQA

Course Specification


Who to contact for more information about this course

Queries should be directed to Ms Verrall

Years taught

Year 10 and Year 11

What is the course structure?

Component 1: Portfolio

The Portfolio consists of a sustained project developed in response to a subject, theme, task or brief. The Portfolio will evidence the journey from initial engagement with an idea(s) to the realisation of intentions. This will give students the opportunity to demonstrate, through an extended creative response, their ability to draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and/or understanding from across their course of study.

 

It will also be supplemented by a selection of further work resulting from activities such as trials and experiments; skills-based workshops; mini and/or foundation projects; responses to gallery, museum or site visits; work placements; independent study and evidence of the student's specific role in any group work undertaken.

 

Component 2: Externally set assignment

AQA will provide a separate externally set assignment with seven different starting points. Students must select and respond to one starting point from their chosen title.

 

The externally set assignment will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate, through an extended creative response, their ability to draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and/or understanding in response to their selected starting point to their realisation of intentions in the 10 hours of supervised time.

What will I study?

Candidates should produce practical outcomes informed by critical/contextual sources in response to project briefs that are specifically design orientated in nature with content reflecting work-related and client-orientated contexts. Students can work in two and/or three-dimensions using appropriate graphic art media, techniques and processes, including both traditional and new technologies to convey information, ideas, meaning and emotions .This course involves applying your artwork to a brief which serves a particular purpose, for example:

 

  • Communication graphics

  • Design for print

  • Advertising and branding

  • Illustration

  • Package design

  • Typography

  • Exhibition graphics

How is the course assessed?


Component 1: Portfolio of Work (Controlled Assessment) 60%

 

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment 40%

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