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Visual Art – Graphics Communication

Subject: Graphic Communication




GCSE in Graphic Communication is an exciting course that gives you experience of a broad range of media and techniques. You will have the opportunity to choose your own project ideas and work in the style you enjoy most.


In Graphic Communication you will explore a range of processes including ink work, digital photography, drawing, collage, print making, Photoshop and Illustrator. Later in the course, you will have the opportunity to choose the media you work with, inspired by exploring the work of other designers and craftspeople, develop ideas and create a final piece independently.


You will develop a range of design, layout and presentation skills and techniques that will help you in a range of professions including: Architecture, Animation, Photography, Interior design, Engineering, Web Design, Art, Game Design, Film and Set Design, Special Effects, Art Therapy, Make-up Artist, Fashion Design and Illustration.


The Graphic Communication course will help you to become an imaginative and creative thinker with the skills to communicate your ideas effectively in any career path you choose.

Key Stage 4 Overview

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Qualification type



Component 1: Portfolio - 60%

Students will create a Portfolio of their best work made throughout Years 9, 10 and 11. This will include a ‘sustained project’ showing a journey of ideas and a selection of further work done during the course.

In the first year of the course, you will be encouraged to experiment with new techniques and then in year 10 you will learn how to work more independently, choosing your own themes and media to work with.

Component 2 – Externally Set Assignment – 40%

Choosing from a range of themes, you will develop a personal project in the media of your choice. You will then prepare for a 10 hour externally set assignment that showcases your best ideas and techniques.

Year 9



Spring - Summer

  • Introduction to the visual elements
  • Experimentation and exploration of:
  • Graphics – line shape, space, form, texture, typography, colour
  • Design –function, problem solving, contrast, alignment, hierarchy, balance, proximity, repetition, simplicity
  • Presentation of information
  • Developing a range of graphic responses to the theme of the ‘Jungle’
  • Working to a project brief
  • Exploring designers and craftspeople
  • Exploring different ways of working with a range of media and techniques
  • Learning how to structure and develop ideas to produce a personal outcome


Year 10







Magazine Project

  • Introduction to working on a sustained project.·  
  • Drawing skills
  • Photography
  • Media experimentation

Magazine Project

  • Personal idea development.
  • Artist/designer or cultural inspiration activities.
  • Refining use of media based on Artist/designer or cultural work.

Magazine Project

  • Planning and preparing for a personal outcome.
  • Designing a personal outcome
  • Creating personal outcomes
  • Redeveloping personal outcomes.


Year 11







  • Trial Exam
  • Coursework - refining and presentation for submission
  • Preparation period for externally set assignment
  • Externally set assignment (Final Exam)
  • Final submission of coursework


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