What will be studied?
The level 2 Visual Communication course 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, as well as understanding printing processes both traditional and digital.
Students will also develop an understanding of commercial processes and an in-depth knowledge of graphic based materials and their properties. They will use this knowledge to work to a live brief and create a portfolio of their work.
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, such as digital printing and laser cutting.
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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|QN||600/5502/9: WJEC Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Creative and Media|
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How is this course assessed?
The level 2 course is assessed through a skills portfolio, final project and an externally assessed exam unit.
The skills portfolio should demonstrate a wide range of techniques and processes, showing samples of your work and how you develop them to use in a range of final products. You will complete workshops to support your understanding of the different skill areas.
The final project is a research and skill based unit, to which students will work to create products for a specified brief.
The exam will allow students to combine their knowledge of different processes and techniques alongside the design process to plan a response to a set task.
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 such as animation, creative design, graphic design, illustration, business, architecture, media and marketing and TV / website production.