Art and Design- Graphic Communication

During the first two terms of Year 9 students will continue to build upon their existing artistic knowledge and skills following a broad based art and design curriculum working towards gaining the Bronze Arts Award which is a nationally recognised Level 1 qualification.

At the beginning of the Summer Term in Year 9 students will begin their GCSE in Art and Design – Graphic Communication. Students are expected to produce practical and contextual work using art skills as a base in one or more area(s) including illustration, advertising, packaging design, design for print, communication, lens-based media: animation and photography. This syllabus will particularly focus on students’ ability to draw and an ability to communicate through writing is also a requirement.

Examining Board: AQA

Aims of the GCSE Course:

  • To actively engage in the process of making graphic design in order to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds.
  • To develop creative skills, through learning to use imaginative and intuitive powers when exploring and creating images and artefacts that are original and of value.
  • To learn and actively engage with the experience of working with a broad range of art media, materials and techniques, including, when appropriate, traditional and new media and technologies.
  • To develop cultural knowledge, understanding and application of art, design and media and technologies in historical and contemporary contexts, societies and cultures.

GCSE Content and Method of Assessment:

Component Component Title Requirements Duration
Unit 1 Portfolio of Work
60% of GCSE
A selection from work undertaken during course of study.

Throughout the course.

Unit 2 Externally Set Assignment
(Examination)
40% of GCSE
One project of work.
Response to all assessment objectives.
Question papers issued from 1st January of examination year.
Unlimited preparation time.
10 hours of sustained focused study. (Examination)

Course is centre-assessed and moderated by AQA

Recommended Reading

Numerous art and graphic publications are held in the school library, art department and local library. Students are encouraged to read magazine articles (e.g. in Sunday supplements) and keep these. The Internet is also a valuable resource for researching well known artists/designers. Design Week https://www.designweek.co.uk/

Key Stage 5 Progression/ Career Prospects

A Level Fine Art is offered in the Sixth Form at Bentley Wood with Graphic Design offered within the Collegiate. Studying an art based Graphic Design course at GCSE is a basic requirement for pursuing any ‘art’ related subject at A Level and BTEC, such as Textiles, Graphic Design, Photography, 3-D including Sculpture and Ceramics. This will then lead on to degree and a wide range of careers.

  • Advertising
  • Editorial designer
  • Internet/multimedia
  • Print Media Designer
  • Book binder and finisher
  • Film/graphics effect designer
  • Medical illustrator
  • Theatre/TV/film design
  • Cartoonist/animation
  • Graphic Designer
  • Packaging Designer
  • Video Games Designer
  • Desktop Publisher
  • illustration
  • Photography
  • Website Designer