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Graphic Communication

A-LEVEL

Got something to say? Learn how you get the message across on this course where you’ll show us you’ve got designs on an exciting future.

Persuasive messaging is pervasive. Billboards, film, television, magazines. On everything we buy.

On this hugely practical, playful, inspiring, interactive, exciting and experimental course, you’ll learn how words and images are brought together for maximum impact. And you’ll be at the sharp end building your own brand through Graphic Communication from day one.

This course revolves around working with briefs. Using words and images to interpret data, concepts, and emotions. To brand, inform, illustrate and entertain. And always with originality at the core of your work.

Your Graphic Communication A-level is the closest you’ll get to working in a commercial studio.

Thanks to Xaverian’s industry-standard art and design hardware and working environments, you’ll be using all the same tools and gaining the skills needed to thrive with your future employers.

As you’d expect from a graphics-based course you’ll be called upon to do a lot of drawing – but depending on the brief you can choose to do this by hand or using the Apple Macs and a huge array of technical tools in our state-of-the-art multimedia facilities.

The opportunities to exude creativity are limitless. You’ll work in three dimensions, in film, and a world of other media.

As you’d expect from a course demanding constant bouts of originality, your marks are based predominantly on coursework (60%, versus 40% for exams).

Think how you would persuade, intrigue, instruct, warn, and sell. Consider how you’d craft and construct such messaging. From print to photography, animation to digital imagery, you’ll get the chance on this course to experiment freely as you finesse your style and develop a unique approach.

Throughout your studies you’ll be inspired through a programme of gallery visits, and guest speakers delivering immersive workshops.

We’ve come a long way since cave paintings, the earliest known examples of Graphic Communication. Now it’s your turn to show us how to express ourselves through printed messages and images.

To join this course we’d expect you to have studied Art or Design at GCSE – or share with us a visual portfolio with examples of your work in these areas.

LESSON TIME!

What’s got a parrot’s head, giraffe’s legs, and a suit?

Today’s assignment!

We start the session discussing briefs – a regular part of the life of a commercial designer.

You might have to design a book cover. Or logos for a brand. Posters for a festival.

On this video you’ll join our Graphic Communication teacher Emma Baker for a fun challenge designing characters through collage.

You’ll then trace your creations to make them truly unique. And scan them to finish off your work on computer.

We don’t expect you to have experience using Adobe Photoshop, but you’ll be taught how to use the full range of photo editing and illustration applications.

Black belt tip for character design: try going for the ‘hands in pockets’ look – so you don’t need to draw hands.

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What’s next?

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Graphic Communication students regularly find themselves in:

  • Advertising
  • Marketing
  • Digital Design
  • Product Development roles

where they flex their creativity and use the processes and methodologies gained at Xaverian.

A lot of our students progress to degree courses in art and design-related subjects. Multimedia, Web Design, Packaging, Advertising, Illustration and Animation are among the most popular disciplines.

My favourite subject is Graphics, this is because I see it as a hobby and this makes it much easier to achieve high grades. Having to put the work into something that you enjoy doing doesn’t feel like studying.

Alex McMillan, Applying to study Architecture at the University of Manchester.

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