NORTH EAST WOLVERHAMPTON ACADEMY

Excellence through Endeavour

Graphics

Year groups taught: 9, 10, 11 and post-16

Introduction

Welcome to Graphic Products, a subject that you might not know a great deal about but will discover that it is something we all see, interact with and enjoy on a daily bases. Graphic design is not merely known for just its creative element, but also acclaimed for its trait of being an attractive and enjoyable subject to study. In Graphics we explore the world around use and how designing everyday item such as packaging is a process that requires a great deal of thought, skill and design flare.

Why is this subject important?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be a 13% increase demand for graphic designers by 2020. All of the products and services that you choose to pay for needed someone to produce visual marketing material at some point. Everything from the label design on your soda can to the billboard advertising your insurance company relied on a graphic designer for their marketing. Because of this you can see that Graphic design is very relevant and key subject in the 21st century curriculum.

Resources to highlight

Some of the key resources for Graphics are mainly found on the computer. A good internet connection is required as well as access to some of the latest graphic design software such as the Adobe Suite. Pencil, rubbers, sharpeners are also key to be successful in the subject as you need to be able to communicate your ideas through drawn media.

Key Stage 4 GCSE Design & Technology: Graphic Products

Introduction

GCSE Design and Technology: Graphic Products enables students to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of graphic and modelling materials.

Students will be enthused and challenged by the range of practical activities possible. They will be encouraged to learn to use, understand and apply colour and design through images, to develop spatial concepts, and to understand graphic materials and their manipulation. They will design and make product(s) using graphic media and new technologies to prepare them for the world of work.

This course has 60% controlled assessment in order to recognise the importance of practical work within this subject.

  • Pathway: N, E and W
  • Qualifications: GCSE Design & Technology: Graphic Products
  • QAN Code: 500/4496/5
  • Examining body: AQA

The skills and qualities Students need to succeed in this course are

Imagination and creativity; Good literacy skill; the ability to research independently; analyse and evaluate information; Good practical skills; have the ability to solve problems independently and to a high standard of work

What you will study

Year 9
Taster Session project: Album cover design; Shop Front design project; Kinetic movement (Pop up book) project

Year 10
Drinks carton and Promotional stand project; Advance drawing skill project; GCSE controlled assessment assignment

Year 11
GCSE controlled assessment assignment; Revision for the GCSE Graphic Products exam

Students are assessed by

Year 9
Students are assessed through firstly homework tasks set on a two weekly bases. They are also assessed through marking of the work completed in the lesson. Once the projects have been completed they are given an overall grade for their work and progressed made through the work completed.

Year 10
Students are assessed through firstly homework tasks set on a two weekly bases. Mock exam papers will also be given to students to complete under exam conditions to prepare them for the final GCSE exam. The Controlled Assessment work will be assessed against the AQA mark scheme and lessons will follow the code of conduct for completing the controlled assessment.

Year 11
The Controlled Assessment work will be assessed against the AQA mark scheme and lessons will follow the code of conduct for completing the controlled assessment. The mark awarded for the controlled assessment will go towards the final GCSE grade. The final GCSE Graphic Product exam will be marked externally and go towards their final GCSE grade.

Final exam components

  • Unit 1: Written Paper 2 hours 40% of total marks
  • Unit 2: Design and Making Practice approximately 45 hours 60% of total marks

What might Students study after this?

  • A Level Product Design: Graphic Products
  • BTEC Engineering

Possible careers

Career opportunities include: advertising and publishing; magazines and newspapers; websites; packaging; promotional displays and marketing materials; Computer game design; animation; broadcasting; illustration; fashion design; product designer; graphic designer; architect; Engineer; teacher.

For more information contact

Mr D Wicken.