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Graphic Design

Welcome to Graphic Design

Graphic Design enables pupils to design and make products with creativity and originality. Students will have the opportunity to use a range of workshop equipment from machines such as the Laser Cutter,  Vacuum Former and Strip Heater to tools such as a craft knife and glue gun.  Across Key Stage 3 pupils will be given the chance to test and work with a range of graphic and modelling materials and techniques.

Graphics in Year 7

In year 7 pupils will work through the design process to plan, design and make their own products. Students will use Computer Aided Design and materials such as card and plastic to produce their own Confectionary Boxes for the Mexican Festival 'Day of the Dead'.

                     

Pupils will be given an independent homework project for Graphics based on the theme of Safe Toy Design.
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Graphics in Year 8

In year 8 pupils will be given the opportunity to learn Photoshop; an industry standard piece of design software. They will work through the design process to plan, design and make their own products. Students will come up with a concept for their own music festival and will use materials such as card and plastic to produce their own Promotional Pack for their festival.Pupils will be given an independent homework project for Graphics based on the theme of Roller Coaster design.
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Graphics in Year 9

In year 9 pupils will be given the opportunity to develop their skills on Photoshop and work with a range of materials and equipment to help prepare them for GCSE level work. Students will start off with an introductory "mock GCSE" project where they will come up with an idea for their own movie and will produce a Promotional Pack for their movie including a T-Shirt, a poster, a badge and packaging in the form of a gift bag.

   

Pupils will then start their GCSE coursework preparations.

KS4 Graphics

Pupils have the opportunity to choose from a number of qualifications within this subject, these include:

  • AQA GCSE Graphic Products (Final exams to be taken June 2018)
  • Eduqas GCSE Design & Technology (First Teaching September 2017)
  • NCFE Graphic Design Level 2

More information about each qualification can be found below. Check out our gallery showing products that pupils could make if they studied any of the above qualifications.

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AQA GCSE Graphic Products 

This is a legacy qualification, the last exam for this course will be sat in June 2018. It will then be replaced by GCSE Design & Technology and NCFE Graphic Design.

GCSE Graphic Products enables students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of graphic and modelling materials This course has 60 per cent controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject..

Course Overview

60% Coursework

  • Research
  • Designs
  • Making
  • Evaluation

40% Exam

  • 2 hour paper
  • Drawing task
  • Theory knowledge assessed

 

Course Content

Designing Skills

You will learn to:

  • be creative and innovative when designing;
  • design products to meet the needs of clients and consumers;
  • understand the design principles of form, function and fitness for purpose;
  • understand the role that designers and product developers have, and the impact and responsibility they have on and to society;
  • analyse and evaluate existing products, including those from professional designers;
  • develop and use design briefs and specifications for product development;
  • consider the conflicting demands that moral, cultural, economic, and social values and needs can make in the planning and in the designing of products;
  • consider environmental and sustainability issues in designing products;
  • consider health and safety in all its aspects;
  • anticipate and design for product maintenance where appropriate;
  • design for manufacturing in quantity and to be aware of current commercial/industrial processes;
  • use, where appropriate, a range of graphic techniques and ICT (including digital media),including CAD, to generate, develop, model and communicate design proposals;
  • investigate and select appropriate materials/ingredients and components;
  • plan and organise activities which involve the use of materials/ingredients and components when developing or manufacturing;
  • devise and apply test procedures to check the quality of their work at critical/key points during development, and to indicate ways of modifying and improving it when necessary;
  • be flexible and adaptable when designing;
  • understand the advantages of working collaboratively as a member of a design team;
  • understand the need to protect design ideas.

Making Skills

You will learn to:

  • select and use tools/equipment and processes to produce quality products;
  • consider the solution to technical problems in the design and manufacture process;
  • use tools and equipment safely with regard to themselves and others;
  • work accurately and efficiently in terms of time, materials/ingredients and components;
  • manufacture products applying quality control procedures;
  • have knowledge of Computer-Aided Manufacture (CAM) and to use as appropriate;
  • ensure, through testing, modification and evaluation, that the quality of their products is suitable for intended users and devise modifications where necessary that would improve the outcome(s).

EDUQAS GCSE Design & Technology

The WJEC Eduqas GCSE in Design and Technology offers a unique opportunity in the curriculum for learners to identify and solve real problems by designing and making products or systems. Through studying GCSE Design and Technology, learners will be prepared to participate confidently and successfully in an increasingly technological world; and be aware of, and learn from, wider influences on design and technology, including historical, social/cultural, environmental and economic factors. Learners will gain a breadth of knowledge across all areas of technology and will also be given the opportunity to specialise in either Graphic Design or Product Design. 

This qualification is for the academically able.

Course Overview

50% Coursework (NEA)

  • Approximately 35 Hours (100 marks)
  • Pupils will be required to cover the following
    Assessment Objectives:

Investigation, Design & Make, Analyse & Evaluate

50% Exam

  • 2 hour paper (100 marks)
  • Theory knowledge assessed

Course Content

The specification enables learners to work creatively when designing and making and apply technical and practical expertise, in order to: 

  • Demonstrate their understanding that all design and technological activity takes place within contexts that influence the outcomes of design practice
  • Develop realistic design proposals as a result of the exploration of design opportunities and users’ needs, wants and values
  • Use imagination, experimentation and combine ideas when designing
  • Develop the skills to critique and refine their own ideas whilst designing and making
  • Communicate their design ideas and decisions using different media and techniques, as appropriate for different audiences at key points in their designing
  • Develop decision making skills, including the planning and organisation of time and resources when managing their own project work
  • Develop a broad knowledge of materials, components and technologies and practical skills to develop high quality, imaginative and functional prototypes
  • Be ambitious and open to explore and take design risks in order to stretch the development of design proposals, avoiding clichéd or stereotypical responses
  • Consider the costs, commercial viability and marketing of products
  • Demonstrate safe working practices in design and technology
  • Use key design and technology terminology including those related to: designing, innovation and communication; materials and technologies; making, manufacture and production; critiquing, values and ethics.

NCFE Graphic Design Level 2

This qualification is designed for learners wishing to gain an understanding of the graphic design industry and develop the basic skills across a range of areas within the subject. NCFE Graphic Design is heavily weighted towards coursework and has one externally assessed unit which takes place in class under controlled conditions, this replaces the written exam element.

The course consists of four units of work, each unit is weighted equally, these are graded Not Yet Achieved, Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*. These are equivalent to 9-1 grades. 

This qualification meets all of the Ofqual DfE requirements for rigour and balanced assessment and is the equivalent to one GCSE. 

Course Overview

In achieving this qualification learners are required to successfully complete all 4 Units. The 4 units consist of:

Unit Number & Title  Assessment 
Unit 01 Understand graphic processes, materials and techniques  Internally assessed portfolio of evidence

Unit 02 Research sources of ideas in a graphic design context

 Internally assessed portfolio of evidence
Unit 03 Develop ideas and graphic solutions  Externally assessed assignment
 Unit 04 Plan, produce and present final graphic design work  Internally assessed portfolio of evidence

Course Content 

This qualification aims to:

  • develop a broad and comprehensive understanding of graphic design
  • develop a significant knowledge core which spans the vocational sector
  • provide academic and study skills that will support progression within graphic design and more broadly.

The objectives of this qualification are to help learners to:

  • develop a portfolio of design work
  • use materials, tools and equipment competently and safely
  • provide evidence of Functional Skills attainment where appropriate.

Throughout the delivery of this qualification, the following core areas and transferable skills will be covered:

  • the ability to identify hazards and risks and apply safe working practices
  • the ability to use electronic or digital reproduction methods
  • the ability to undertake purposeful and methodical research
  • skills in planning
  • skills in the use of art, design and craft materials
  • skills in critical review. 

Useful Information

 To view the revision pack for 2016-17 Mock GCSEs click here.