Graphic Communication

During this two year course, students will create a portfolio unit of work comprising of 3 projects, which is worth 60% of the overall grade. When creating the portfolio, students will develop skills in research, analysis, developing, refining, and recording ideas, experimenting with different art materials, and digital techniques


Our students all develop work from vocational briefs which are linked to the AQA framework

  • Two units of work – Unit 1 Portfolio of work, Unit 2 Externally set Assignment
  • Vocationally based art and design projects (live briefs)

Students will build upon art skills learnt in Key Stage 3, and learn digital techniques using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, In Design and After Effects

Students will also complete an externally set task which is worth 40% of the course which comprises of several weeks of preparation time, and a final 10 hour exam


  • Graphic Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Brand Identity Designer
  • Creative Art Director
  • Digital Illustrator
  • Graphic Art-worker
  • Photo Editing/Photoshop Artist
  • Layout Artist
  • Art Therapist


GCSE Graphic Communication course is an open and enabling course which suits students who enjoy the freedom of working in many different media and developing ideas using a wide variety of techniques and processes. The projects students create follow the create framework and are linked to vocational projects. The work created may be set by local practicing artist so that the world of work is brought into the classroom

Students are required to work in at least two of the following areas of Art and Design. They may overlap and combine areas:

  • Computer aided design/ Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Graphic communication
  • Product design
  • Live project briefs
  • Photography: lens-based and light-based media


The art and design exam board we use is AQA and below you will find links to the current specification and the new 2016 art spec

Course Leader

Zoe Rea – Senior Graphics Teacher

I am excited to be working with talented pupils, staff, and industry partners at MCS. I am in my seventh year of teaching, in addition to Graphic Communication, I have also taught Art, Creative Digital Media Production and Photography. I have previously worked at a design agency in Salford, where I learnt the business side of design. Recently, I gained qualifications to become an Adobe Certified Associate in Graphic Design & Illustration using Adobe Illustrator. My personal learning never ends and I want to inspire this attitude within my students too!