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Graphic Design GCSE

AQA Art and Design 8261

Graphic design is part of our lives, but do we understand how it works to shape our world, thoughts and decisions. This course will introduce you to the technical skills and creative process behind Graphic Design. You will study other practioners and artistic ereas to gain an insight into the facinating world of visual communication. 


Subject Breakdown

The specification has been designed to allow students to develop knowledge and understanding during the course through a variety of learning experiences and approaches, including engagement with sources. This will allow them to develop the skills to explore, create and communicate their own ideas. Students will demonstrate these skills through the development, refinement, recording, realisation and presentation of their ideas through a portfolio and by responding to an externally set assignment.

Component 1:

Portfolio + What's assessed: A portfolio that in total shows explicit coverage of the four assessment objectives. It must include a sustained project evidencing the journey from initial engagement to the realisation of intentions and a selection of further work undertaken during the student’s course of study.

How it's assessed:  No time limit • 96 marks • 60% of GCSE

Component 2:

Externally set assignment What's assessed: Students respond to their chosen starting point from an externally set assignment paper relating to their subject title, evidencing coverage of all four assessment objectives.

How it's assessed:

Preparatory period followed by 10 hours of supervised time • 96 marks • 40% of GCSE


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