About this course
The Graphic Communication A2 programme follows on from AS Graphic Communication and should be taken in conjunction with two or three other subjects and the Welsh Baccalaureate.
Based at our City Centre campus in Cardiff, learners may be able to take this qualification as a part-time student.
What you will study
The course covers the following two units:
Unit 3: Personal Investigation
Using skills already gained in AS, you will be encouraged to develop areas of personal interest within this unit, from one of five starting points. All practical developmental works are displayed in a research workbook, including other appropriate contextual influences, gallery visit information and written analysis. During this unit, you will learn how to effectively use Adobe Illustrator to produce striking graphical work.
Group critique sessions.
Submission of a research workbook and outcome.
1000-3000 word written report.
Unit 4: Externally Set Assignment
This unit provides the opportunity to explore design briefs set by the exam board. You will be encouraged to experiment with a range of processes and materials to generate imaginative and original work. All practical work is supported by the production of a research workbook charting creative and contextual development.
Group critique sessions.
This unit incorporates a 15 hour practical supervised assessment.
Submission of a research workbook and final images.
Successful completion of AS programme including satisfactory attendance and tutor recommendation.
Teaching and assessment
Assessment and practical assignment
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Time of day
I came to the College as I wanted to travel and become more independent – it’s so modern and looks amazing. When I saw the library I was sold. Honestly the library was my main pull, there are so many books I loved it.
Someone came in to speak to us about the Sutton Trust, which gives students a taste of life at American universities. I applied - it was really competitive but I got in. We went to a different state every day, and we went to different colleges including Princeton and Harvard. I also had a week at Warwick Uni and a week at Nottingham Uni. It was so good – I just loved it.
You have a lot of support at the College, especially from the Careers and Ideas team. I think there are a lot more opportunities here as it is such a big college with so many resources.
Career prospects & further study
On completion of the A Level programme, the majority of our students progress onto universities across the country and beyond. Based on this course, there are many options but below are just a few examples of degree programmes you could go on to study at University:
- Business and Management
- Graphic Design
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