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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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KS4 Graphics

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

  • Eduqas GCSE Design & Technology (First Teaching September 2017)
  • NCFE Technical Award in 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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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 Technical Award in Graphic Design Level 2

Graphic design is a form of visual communication. It is the process by which visual information is given form and structure to communicate a message. Being a graphic designer is the profession of visual communication that combines images, words and ideas to convey information to an audience. It involves designing print or electronic forms of visual information for advertisement, publication or a website. 

The NCFE Level 2 Technical Award in Graphic Design complements GCSE qualifications. It is aimed at 14-16 year olds studying Key Stage 4 curriculum who are interested in any aspect of graphic design, including sourcing ideas and design. This qualification focuses on an applied study of the graphic design sector and learners will gain a broad understanding and knowledge of working in the sector. 

Qualification purpose

  • identify and experiment with graphic design components
  • explore graphic designers, their work and working in the industry
  • work to graphic design briefs, refining and selecting ideas
  • form a graphic design portfolio and explore creative direction.

Skills and Knowledge:

  • in using different tools and equipment competently
  • when experimenting with materials and techniques
  • in adapting their own ideas and responding to feedback
  • in evaluating their own work
  • that are essential for the modern workplace, such as team working; presentation skills; independent working; working to deadlines; efficient use of resources.

Assessment:

In achieving this qualification learners are required to successfully complete 4 units of work plus an externally assessed task based exam. The externally assessed unit is a 10 hour exam which is worth 50% of the overall grade. The other 50% is made up of the following unit 4 units of work:

  • Unit 01 Introduction to Graphic Design - Internally and externally assessed Learners will develop an understanding of the components of graphic design. They will do this by working with physical and/or digital materials and techniques. The learner will be introduced to graphic design components through personal experimental work. 
  • Unit 02 Graphic Design Practice - Internally and externally assessed
    Learners will explore design disciplines, examine the work of recognised designers and use their understanding of design components to identify successful design practice. They will choose one discipline, select some work by a recognised designer in that discipline and create their own piece of graphic design, taking inspiration from their research and using components found in the work of their chosen designer. 
  • Unit 03 Responding to a Graphic Design brief - Internally and externally assessed
    Learners will analyse the requirement of a graphic design brief. They will understand the requirements and develop some possible ideas to meet the brief. The learner will further develop an idea and present their final graphic design. Finally, the learner will analyse their work and review how they have met the brief. 
  • Unit 04 Graphic Design portfolio - Internally assessed
    Learners will explore working in the graphic design industry, by looking at different ways to present work to understand different types of portfolio. They will then design and create their own portfolio and review how the portfolio presents their skills as a graphic designer.

In order to achieve this qualification pupils must achieve at least a pass in every unit of work including the exam. 

Useful Information

To view the revision pack for 2016-17 Mock GCSEs click here.
To view the Unit1 Checklist for Graphics Technical Award click here.