Graphic Design

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Department Information

Year 7

Students will select Graphics as part of the Design Technology option which would also include Textiles and Resistant Materials.
In Year 7 Graphics pupils will increase their skills in the more traditional drawing techniques using media such as watercolour paints, marker pens and chalk pastels, etc.  Pupils will design products using hand crafted methods in card. 

Year 8

Students will select Graphics as part of the Design Technology option which would also include Textiles and Resistant Materials.
In Year 8 Graphics, pupils will increase their skills using CAD packages including Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator in the Mac suite.  Pupils will independently research the work of  other graphics designers, illustrators and artists to inspire and inform their own products.  This includes:

  • Fashion shop promotions
  • Paper and card mechanisms
  • Calendar
  • Movie point of sale display
  • Pop concert tickets using Smart materials and
  • Postcards and packaging

Year 9

Students will select Graphics as part of the Design Technology option which would also include Textiles and Resistant Materials.
In year 9, pupils have the opportunity to select Graphics as a pre GCSE option. They will be developing practical and theoretical skills and knowledge that will prepare them for the requirements of the GCSE.

Pupils will progress to a higher level of making skills and developing knowledge of materials and manufacturing processes. They will need to understand the properties of materials in order to select and manufacture high quality products that are commercially viable. The curriculum is delivered through a mix of theory with practical sessions to embed the content covered. All projects develop skills for studying this subject at GCSE level.  Pupils are given the opportunity to work with industry standard equipment and software working in the Mac suite using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, developing independent skills.

Year 10 or 11 GCSE (One Year Course):

Try to think of a world without communication: no newspapers, magazines, television, product decoration and product design. Now look at the size and nature of the industry which produces all of these … it is vast! It employs people at all levels of product development and communication. This course is concerned with the development of good graphic and communication skills together with the organizational and planning skills used in the ‘design and make’ situation.

In a year pupils will take on a single project, which occupies about 40 hours of the course time.

The rest of the time is taken up with discovering the theory behind good graphics and preparing for an exam at the end of the year.

Assessment:

40% of the marks come from a written exam taken at the end of the year.

60% of the marks come from coursework, a design portfolio and practical element.

 

Departmental Staff

D Gratton – Head of Graphics: [email protected]
Ms R Claiden

 

Clubs

After school catch up clubs every Wednesday and Thursday.

 

Support Your Child – Useful links and advice

http://www.technologystudent.com/
Graphics GCSE Revision Guide

The Rodillian Academy