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Graphics

What is Graphic Design?

Graphic designers work with printed media, such as text and graphics. Graphic design is all around us from the packaging and labels on products and food, to newspaper adverts and billboards. Graphic design can be as simple as a flyer or a letter or as complex as a four-color, two-sided brochure. Regardless of what the final product is, graphic designers aspire to create eye-catching design work. Some designers also work with design on the web, creating websites and web pages.


What is a Graphic Product?

A graphic product is a work of art that is made to serve a certain function, e.g. a logo, an eBook, some packaging or even a poster. Such things as newspaper adverts and billboards are also graphic products. Graphic products are strongly related to graphic design, and modern computer technology is used to produce them.
The graphic designer is responsible for creating or choosing the graphics that are paired with text. They are also charged with developing new text forms (new fonts) that will work better with the graphics and message in a document.


KS4 – Graphics G.C.S.E.

The work in Graphic Products allows students to develop their graphic and modelling skills learnt at KS3 level. Work involves extensive use of 2D computer aided design programmes, including 2D CAD packages. We use 2D Design V2 and image processing software such as Adobe Photo Shop, but we also use a wide range of hand rendered graphic drawing techniques throughout the folio work to communicate ideas and design concepts.
We are lucky to have a variety of CAM equipment in the department including the Versa Laser Cutter and the CX24 which we use to a large extent in graphics.Project work is undertaken within many areas such as:-

  • Advertising
  • Promotional Displays
  • Packaging
  • Pop up Mechanisms including greetings cards
  • Novelty Items such as board games

Your coursework is worth 60% of your final G.C.S.E. Grade.
You will have the opportunity to choose what you would like to Design and Make. This is because enthusiasm, dedication and a willingness to learn are vital to success.
Prior to the summer term you will be given the opportunity to develop your own design brief for your project based on your preferred Graphic Product and the list given to us by the exam board. For example, the design brief could be to design and make a range of gift boxes for a confectioners or Point of sale display for a new computer game.
The Design Folio will consist of 20 (A3 sized) pages of the student’s own work. Working independently to research and investigate similar products on the market, conduct surveys and report results.
Students will then design a series of products that fulfil the brief, based on their investigations. From these they will go on to develop a final design, suitable for manufacture. The coursework project must be made from paper, card or thin plastic, utilising a combination of graphic mediums.


Homework Schedule

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Design & Technology: Graphic Products (GCSE)

Graphic Products GCSE is a two-year course suited to all students. Artistic talent is not essential, however a good imagination would help. A keen interest in design, enthusiasm, dedication and a willingness to learn are vital to success.
Students will be encouraged to learn to use, understand and apply colour and design to develop spatial concepts, and to understand graphic materials and their manipulation.
The course will develop students’ creative abilities. They will learn to communicate their design ideas through good graphical and communication skills, plan, organise and see through manufacture, then evaluate their work. ICT is used extensively in this course (computer based design and manufacture is integral to the subject). Year 10 students will work through a diverse range of projects in the first two terms of the course. These modules introduce students to the key objectives that they must study in their major coursework whilst building up practical skills in all material areas.
Prior to the Summer Term students will be given the opportunity to develop their own design brief from a list provided from the examination board for their coursework project in which they need to consider sustainability and the environmental impact of their designing.

The GCSE Graphic Products course has two components:

  • Unit 1: A Theoretical Written Examination (45501) – (2 hours) 40% –
    Students must acquire a solid understanding and knowledge of Graphic techniques, materials and equipment. The examination will address these techniques and industrial practices.
  • Unit 2: A Coursework Design and Making Project (45502) – (approx 45 hours) 60% –
    This project involves designing a new product to satisfy a design brief (chosen by the student). The Design Folio will consist of 20 (A3 sized) pages of the student’s own work. Students work independently to research and investigate similar products on the market, conduct surveys and report results. They will then design a series of products that fulfil the brief, based on their investigations. From these they will go on to develop a final design, suitable for manufacture. The coursework project must be made from a range of graphic materials such as card or paper. Plastic and some other resistant materials may also be included but should not dominate a project.
    Most materials are subsidised by the School, however sometimes small items may need to be purchased by the individual.
    Although students spend time using the computer, equal time is given to the development of hand drawing techniques. The application of these techniques forms an important part of the complete course. Students are expected to do homework relating to theory and examination preparation.

Project – Year 8 Design Brief

Design the packaging for a delicious new chocolate bar brand.
Points to consider:

  • To market your chocolate bar you will need to decide on the product name, slogan and product size.
  • To design a successful paper wrapper you need to make full use of typography, colour, and possibly illustration to develop a logo which is visually appealing.
  • Use a suitable background design for the paper wrapper.
  • You should include a list of ingredients and a barcode on the wrapper and consider how much it will cost in the shops.
  • Use appropriate food packaging symbols.
  • Your packaging needs to be enticing to the buyer. You need to consider your target audience.
  • Design a point of sale display which considers practicalities such as how it will be transported to the shops and how it is to be displayed on the shelves till point etc.

Teachers who teach Graphics at La Mare de Carteret High School are:

Mrs R. Van Der Linden


We have high expectations for all our children and young people.

The Graphics curriculum enables them to become:

What
are we trying
to achieve?
Responsible citizensEffective contributorsSuccessful learnersConfident Individuals
HOW?

Examples of how the curriculum enables student’s to achieve these characteristics:
Graphic design is everywhere around us. New products influence society and how we live our lives. This means that the designer has to be very aware of what is acceptable and what is not acceptable to society. The designer must think about the way that a product will work, how it will be made and how it will be used. Good design applied in a responsible manner serves to enhance the well-being of everyone who buys and uses the product.All pupils work to create, develop and produce their own independent design and make outcomes that communicate their design ideas. They apply critical thinking and solve design problems. They accept that design ideas may take several attempts until they work properly. Pupils contribute to other pupils ideas through communication in partnerships and in teams using peer feedback (market feedback) throughout the design process.

In Graphics pupils learn many new skills whilst Designing and Making. Using Critical thinking creativity and reflecting on the process of evaluation they can change and improve their work. Learning both CAD CAM as well as traditional manufacturing methods pupils successfully put these into practice making their chosen products. Whilst making informed decisions and assessing risk when working practically.

Graphics build pupils confidence and self-esteem by having pride in their outcomes. Along the way they learn many important skills which will help them beyond the Graphics Classroom, such as time management, problem solving and presentation skills, as well as drawing and CAD CAM skills which are more subject specific. To learn to work independently to communicate ideas.