Approach to Teaching
In graphics pupils work through design-based problems by investigating current markets and by observing graphic design in the world around them They sketch ideas and learn a range of presentation techniques using computer design software as well as more traditional methods. Pupils develop their ideas s through an iterative approach to designing and all pupils are encouraged to experiment and think for themselves.
Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)
Year 7 Project: House Make-Over
Pupils look at their own environment, the buildings in their city and the work of famous architects in order to design and make a model house. They develop measuring, folding and cutting skills along with art and illustration skills. Pupils develop an understanding of paper and card materials by making 3 dimensional nets
Year 8 Project: Pop Up Greetings Card
Pupils research different types of greetings card and they look at the work of pop-up artist Robert sabuda.. They develop their paper engineering and collage skills through a range of paper based activities and They learn how to create range of pop up techniques then they designing and make a pop-up greetings card matching envelope.
Year 9 Project: Fragrance Packaging
Pupils research and identify different target markets and learn how to create a customer profile. Pupils look at the work of Wally Olin’s a brand consultant and logo designer and then create their own unique logo and name for a product. They develop an understanding of colour phycology, typography and aesthetics and its use within graphic design.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)
GCSE Graphic Communication
The course provides students with the opportunity to develop a range of design skills that form the basis of many design careers. Students learn how to explore, investigate and test ideas; they are encouraged to take risks. Students are asked to develop their own unique ideas from their findings and not to copy and paste from the internet. They will study the different areas of graphic design such as typography, illustration and brand identity. Students will use traditional methods of design such as pencil, paint and hand drawing techniques alongside the use of computer programs such as Photoshop and PowerPoint. Pupils also use printers and scanners to produce their work, they learn about different types of paper and card and they have the use of a wide range of graphics equipment.
Assessment is based upon a coursework portfolio which provides evidence from three projects and an externally set exam project. Current graphics coursework projects are:
Line and shape – create a poster for an exhibition
Food packaging – create the graphics for a natural food product
Typography and Image - design a book/album cover or promotional item.
AQA GCSE Graphic Communication
Coursework (60% of the final grade) Portfolio of three projects completed in year 10 and 11.
Exam Project (40% of the final grade) Exam preparation folder produced over approx. 8-12 weeks. This includes one final piece completed in a 10-hour final exam around Easter time in year 11.
External Graphic Resources
The Design Museum