At Key Stage 3 students are taught Graphics in order to develop graphic design drawing skills including lettering and shading skills. Students will develop their skills using Photoshop and will draw their own packaging nets.
The final grade achieved at the end of the GCSE Graphics course is made up from 60% coursework and 40% of a final exam. There is one exam which takes place at the end of Year 10, the exam lasts approximately two hours and all students sit the same paper.
The course is quite demanding and there is a lot of theory to be learned throughout the two years. So lessons are divided into practical and theoretical lessons.
Currently Students have 5 Graphic Product lessons over a two week timetable.
Within this time scale pupils will study the theory of Graphic Products as well as develop their skills such as rendering, pictorial drawing, and making quality 3D products. Students will cover the following topics over the two years:
The Controlled Assessment is made up of the 45 hour design and make project where pupils compile a coursework portfolio and create a final product. The task is divided into 5 sections; Investigating the Design Context, Development of Design Proposals, Making, Testing and Evaluation and finally Communication.
The final product varies year to year as the design briefs set by the exam board change, currently there are 12 design briefs to choose from. Current Year 11 students are designing a new confectionary product and its packaging.
Post 16 Pathways
There are a range of subjects that students can study Post 16, including:
Students are encouraged to learn through the use Photoshop and freehand to develop and design graphic media. The students present their work in a portfolio which showcases their design ideas and photographic evidence of their making.
Students are set a ‘design brief’ where they must research, design, model and make their own product. They work with a range of woods, metals and plastics and will have the opportunity to use state of the art CAD/CAM equipment such as laser cutters. The students present their work in a portfolio which showcases the design ideas and photographic evidence of their making.