Year 7 - In Year 7 our aim is to provide opportunities for students to gain an understanding of how Graphics fits in to the world outside of school. Students are introduced to the design process whereby ideas become high quality products that are fit for their intended purpose. Learners complete one project over approximately 8 weeks, focussing on ‘Gift Bag Packaging’, enabling them to develop their technical knowledge and practical skills through researching, designing, making, modifying and evaluating. The project covers past and present designs, production methods, paper engineering, 2D and 3D design developing both digital and traditional drawing techniques.
Year 8 - In year 8 we begin to extend our knowledge and skills using a wider range of tools, materials and techniques within the area of Graphics. Students complete one project over approximately 8 weeks, focussing on ‘Fragrance Packaging’, building on prior knowledge and skills, and enabling them to realise their own creative ideas and produce high quality, attractive and functional products. This project covers a variety of both artistic and industrial processes and methods of manufacture, including packaging nets, isometric and drawing techniques, design development and investigations into one-off, batch and mass production.
Year 9 - In Year 9 our aim is to nurture and inspire the future generation of designers and to lay a strong foundation for GCSE Graphic Design. We aim to ensure that students learn the necessary skills for GCSE and have the knowledge to enable them to make correct subject choices. In Graphics, students independently design and make high quality products. Learners complete one project over approximately 8 weeks, focussing on ‘Festival Branding and Tickets’ which involves them developing and using in-depth subject knowledge, selecting and working with a wide variety of tools, equipment and techniques, and responding to a design brief in original and innovative ways. Students are challenged to create an effective corporate identity for a Festival of their own choice and produce a quality ticketing product to promote it; thus encouraging them to experiment with ideas and explore new and alternative methods for making graphic products. The project covers designer and artist research, design and presentation skills including rendering and graphic techniques, typography theory, modelling and assembling their final graphic product.
We currently offer GCSE Graphic Design in years 10 & 11, please see the Full Options Booklet 2021 - 2023 below for details
(offered in Yrs 7-9 only)
In year 7 and 8 the students will experience working with different materials that they can model three dimensionally with. They will use wood to do this but they will produce models with different materials like paper and card before this stage.
The student’s final project will be a wooden box where they will primarily focus on finger joints. The students will use a range of equipment and tools during the process.
The constructed box will then be decorated by using a choice of skills. These will include pyrography, decoupage or hand painting.