Visual Communication Studies A Level
Wide ranging subject matter referencing the media, society, historical and political developments are explored through the study of the visual world and making creative responses to your research and investigation. The impact of Cultural representations within visual communication, multi-media and emerging technologies and historical developments are central to this subject. You will have the opportunity to study different movements, styles and genres and the impact this can have on individuals and a wider audience as well as how these will allow you to produce a practical portfolio of made work. You will be encouraged to approach theories and imagery in an analytical way; to write fluently about subject matter; to discuss and share ideas confidently; and present your findings in a visual and professional way using digital technology. The knowledge and understanding of how images and artefacts relate to the time and place in which they were made and to their social and cultural context, underpins this course.
There is a highly practical content to this subject that can be tailored to your personal creative ideas. You are required to visually present your essay. You can choose from a variety of ways; including photography, graphics, film, media, digital presentations, art or audio. Your written outcomes must reflect your findings in terms of design, art, media and film history or contemporary visual references. You will explore a range of social issues such as Consumerism, Feminism and Capitalism.
The final grade is based on the completion of:
• A practical Personal Investigation worth 60% of total A-Level and a Related Study in the form of an extended essay
• Externally Set Task Year 2 culminating with 15 hour practical exam worth 40% of total A-Level
Both completed in the second year
A2 – Two years
Minimum entry requirements:
Five GCSEs at Level 4 and above (or equivalent) which must include English Language at Grade 5 or above. You must also be enrolled onto one of the following subjects as part of your curriculum; Fine art, Graphics, Photography or Film
Useful to a range of courses including Fine Art, Graphics, History, Film Studies, Media Studies, Photography, English Literature and Sociology
Trips to London and local galleries.
Likely next step opportunities:
Higher education for degree courses in fine art, media, graphic design, film, journalism, history, art history, teaching, illustration
Assessed by internally and externally moderated coursework and
a practical Externally Set Task