Art & Design: Graphic Communication


Examination Board: AQA
Specification: A & D
Qualification: GCSE

Head of Department:
Mrs Carole Austin

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Art, Craft and Design (Graphic Communication) Assessment:

Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a response to all of the assessment objectives in each component of the examination and the portfolio of work. All objectives are equally weighted. All work is continually assessed.

Candidates will be required to demonstrate their ability to:

AO1: Develop their ideas through investigations informed by contextual and other sources demonstrating analytical and cultural understanding.

AO2: Refine their ideas through experimenting and selecting appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes.

AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions in visual and/or other forms.

AO4: Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating analytical and criticalunderstanding, realising intentions and where appropriate, making connections between visual,written, oral or other elements.

Homework: Homework is set 60 minutes per week and forms an integral part of the portfolio.

Course content:

Art, Craft and Design (Graphic Communication) follows the AQA syllabus, which requires GCSE candidates to produce a portfolio of work throughout the two years of the course. This work is seen as a problem solving exercise and should demonstrate clear progression through a range of ideas or themes. The portfolio of work carries 60% of the total marks. Credit is given in the mark scheme for investigations and experimentation. In addition to the portfolio of work, a controlled test takes the form of an externally set paper, which gives candidates the opportunity to work independently within a ten-hour period and carries the remaining 40% of the total marks.

Candidates will produce practical and critical/contextual work in one or more area(s) including illustration, advertising, packaging design, design for print, communication graphics, computer graphics, multimedia, web design, lens-based and/or light-based media: film, animation, video and photography. Candidates are expected to extend their knowledge and practical skills outside class contact time and will spend 2 hours per week in specialist rooms. Practice for the externally set task is given in both Years 10 and 11.


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