D&T Graphic Communication

Department: Design and Technology 

Type of Qualification: A Level  

Exam Board: AQA (Art Spec) 

Additional Entry Requirements: Grade 6 at GCSE in DT (ideally Graphics), or Art/a portfolio of work. 

Why study Graphic Communication? 

The ideal A level Graphic Communication student has: 

  • A wish to pursue a career in art and design 
  • Would like to continue studying this subject at University or Art School 
  • Would prefer to be assessed with regards to continuous coursework rather than examination. 
  • A passion for design 
  • An enquiring mind 
  • A creative, innovative flair 
  • An ability to recognise the psychology involved when designing products/pieces of design work 
  • An interest in historical and contemporary influences 

Course Content 

Graphics will give you the skills to produce personal creative work and develop your understanding of graphic design. You will develop your knowledge of materials and techniques, and the skills to communicate ideas and information visually. Through the design process, students produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more areas of study, for example: advertising, packaging design, design for print, illustration, communication graphics, branding.  

Students will develop their skills and experiment in a selection of the areas throughout Year 12, developing creativity and independence before moving towards their personal investigations in the final term of Year 12. 

Assessment[Text Wrapping Break]60% coursework (component 1) and 40% exam and exam Sketchbook (component 2). 

At A-level in component 1 you will develop work for a personal investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme supported by written material (1000-3000 words). This will count for 60% of your total A-level marks.  

In component 2 you will produce personal work in response to one of eight exciting starting points (given by AQA on 1st Feb) which will count for 40% of your total A-level marks. Students select one question to explore. Preparatory work is then presented in any suitable format, such as mounted sheets, design sheets, sketchbooks, workbooks, journals, models etc. Following the preparatory period, students must complete 15 hours of unaided, supervised time (exam). During this time, students must produce a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes, informed by their preparatory work. 

Careers in Graphic Communication 

A broad qualification for a wide variety of careers, some obvious ones include: Graphic design, Advertising, Illustration, Publishing, Web Designer, Marketing, Media Design, Interior design, Architecture, Typographer, Teacher, and many more! 

Courses that follow from this are: Art & Design foundation degree, Graphic Design Degree, Architecture degree, Interior design degree, Product Design Degree, Apprenticeships and many more!