What will be studied?
The level 2 Visual Communication Technical Award focuses on developing practical design and layout skills. The course will develop a wide range of practical making skills incorporating drawing and sketching in 2D and 3D, using digital software, application of colour theory and image capture and manipulation.
Students will also develop an understanding of commercial processes and an in-depth knowledge of graphic based materials and their properties.
Who will this course suit?
This course will suit students who have an eye for design and an interest in Graphic Design, from graphics seen on every day packaging, to following brands and advertising.
Students will have the opportunity to use traditional skills, such as drawing and sketching in 2D and 3D and also modern technologies, including web design. There will be opportunities to study graphics in a practical and imaginative way, developing the graphic design skills needed to create materials for marketing and promotion.
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How is this course assessed?
Unit 1: Skills Demonstration (internally assessed) 30% of final grade (72 marks)
Students will carry out a number of projects to demonstrate core skills. They will produce a series of final products, with the outcomes showing a wide range of skills and record your final outcomes in a portfolio.
Unit 2: Extended making project (internally assessed) 30% of your final grade (72 marks) Students will undertake an extended project in response to a brief that will be developed into their own project area. They will develop skills in planning and development, making, testing and evaluation and communication.
Unit 3: Fundamentals of visual communication Students will study the Visual Communication industry. This will include planning processes in industry, health and safety, systems and control procedures, business organisation. This will be assessed in a 1.5 hour exam and is worth 40% of the final grade.
What will this qualification lead to?
This course provides an excellent foundation to the A-level Product Design course offered in the Sixth Form. This can lead into the study of product, graphic and computer design at degree level. This course could also lead into a range of careers from Architecture and Advertising to Business and Events Management.