GCSE Graphic Art
Examination Board: AQA
Course Code: 8203
This exciting course is suitable for students who are really interested in Art and Design in general but have a desire to study Graphic Art further. All students work from a given theme or brief, initially exploring this together as a group, working from observation, researching artists, illustrators and graphic designers, exploring materials and learning new techniques including how to use Adobe Photoshop skilfully and effectively. Students then develop their own idea and produce a high quality, professional looking finished piece of work to the scale of their choice. Over the two year course, two units of coursework are completed. Regular homework will be set and enthusiastic, hardworking students are welcomed onto this course.
Anyone considering a career in graphics, advertising, publishing, illustration, fashion, architecture, interior design, theatre and film design etc, could take this course as a solid grounding in Art and Design with an emphasis on Graphic Art.
Students are required to submit a portfolio of work from the best of their work in Year 10/11. All their drawing and research is presented in an A3 sketchbook and is assessed with their final pieces. This accounts for 60% of their overall mark.
The final exam is worth 40% of the overall mark.
Students are given a theme and have from January in Year 11 to prepare an individual final planned piece of work for their exam in March/April. They have 10 hours to complete this piece. Students relish the opportunity to have a final flourish in Graphic Art at GCSE level and really show what they have learnt over the two year course. This GCSE feeds directly into the Art Graphics A level which runs successfully within the Art Department.