Graphic Design covers a variety of different approaches from advertising, promotional material, packaging and illustration in a conceptual sense to the built environment.
Conceptual design incorporates a wide range of 3D products with associated graphics, such as packaging design, product/industrial design and point-of-sale display.
The built environment focuses on the man-made surroundings that provide the setting for human activity, such as architecture, interior design, exhibition design, theatre sets and garden design.
During Key Stage 3 pupils will develop their designing skills with a range of traditional graphic media as well as exploring digital techniques. They will be encouraged to respond creatively to briefs and develop their ideas while considering moral, cultural and environmental issues.
Pupils that opt for the Level 2 Vcert in Graphic Design will have the opportunity to develop a whole range of creative designing and making skills, technical knowledge of graphic design components and the process involved from brief to final product. Invaluable transferable skills such as problem solving and time management are also an essential part of this course. The syllabus covers a range of design skills including 2D and 3D design, colour theory, composition, and typography. Industrial processes are covered including the use of computer aided design such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
The course consists of 4 units that are undertaken during years 10 and 11. These are worth 50% of the final grade. The units are assessed internally and externally moderated by the exam board at various points throughout years 10 and 11. In year 11 students undertake a 10 hour exam where they have to respond to a brief using the skills they have learnt in the units, which is also worth 50%.