Art and Design - Graphic Communication

There are 2 different art courses you can choose at GCSE: graphic communication or fine art.


A simple definition of the subject is:

Graphic communication conveys information and ideas visually, using image and text.

This is a specialist course that aims to develop students’ visual communication skills, combining ideas and techniques. This will include some drawing, painting, and printmaking, but the main focus will be on digital skills in typography, layout, illustration and photography. The range of work produced is also supported by referencing artists’ approaches and techniques. Students will be expected to have access to a camera to be able to take photographs plus their own USB memory stick.

Assessment Method

All courses in art and design are externally moderated and are weighted:

60% Coursework (developed across the 3 years)

40% Exam (a 10 hour practical in April of year 11)

What can I do with an Art and Design Qualification?

You may wish to do a GCSE in art and design for its own sake because you enjoy it, or perhaps to form the basis of a future interest. Or you might wish to go into a job where it is essential to have had experience of art, craft and design. GCSE art and design can also lead to further studies at A level and beyond: all stepping stones towards employment in the art industry. This might include careers such as advertising, design, costume, theatre and TV design, architecture, publishing, illustration, the media and many more. Whichever you choose, the study of art and design can help you develop transferable skills which you can take into any career or job.

For further information see

Ms S Deane, Head of Art

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