Students experience a variety of art activities in their first year and begin to build up a dynamic portfolio, which constitutes 60% of the overall result. At the end of the first year students will complete an internal assessment and exam to ensure they attain a suitable standard to progress to A level for the second year.
Graphic Communication A level students will continue to explore a broad range of design areas including advertising, branding, packaging design, design for print, motion graphics, animation, web design, film, television and video, and typography using a variety of traditional and new media techniques.
Students will develop a greater awareness of their audience and will learn how choosing an appropriate approach, style or medium can enable them to communicate their ideas more effectively. Students are challenged to find creative solutions to a series of design briefs that encourage them to respond to an issue, concept or idea. This helps to prepare them for independent study and the demands required for higher education.
By studying different styles and genres of images and artefacts, and their historical, social, environmental and cultural contexts, students will discover how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted.
Ashbourne follows the AQA specification for A level Graphic Communication.
BA in Applied Arts (Photography) (Silapakorn University, Thailand)
Before coming to Ashbourne Jak worked in the advertising industry and as a television director in Thailand. Jak began teaching photography but has established a flourishing Graphics department within the Art Faculty over the many years she has been at the college. She has a particular interest in film production.
Treasure trove of every book imaginable on graphics, design, illustration, fashion, advertising and architecture. Branches in Covent Garden and Clerkenwell.
Publishes books on art, photography, design and contemporary culture.
Independent bookshop specialising in art, architecture and photography with branches at the Serpentine Gallery and Whitechapel Gallery.
You will find a wide range of art books at all the major galleries including the Design Museum, The National, The Portrait, Tate Britain and Modern and the Royal Academy.
Art news, reviews, views, events and comment from The Guardian and The Telegraph.
The Design Museum in Kensington is a trailblazer in contemporary design and architecture showcasing the work of innovative designers from Britain and the world.
London Design Guide
Comprehensive guide to the capital’s thriving design scene.
London Design Festival
Annual festival to celebrate and promote London as a leading light in design with hundreds of events and exhibitions across the design spectrum.
What’s on and where
TimeOut’s guide to art and design in London keeps you up to date with current and upcoming exhibitions at galleries across the city.