Subject Leader: Mrs Diane Bray

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What are we studying?

Students will complete a twenty week course in Graphics comprising of one double lesson a week.  The topics covered are; lettering, where we analyse the use of typography in design and we study the basics of logo type and the correct formation of lettering. We look at one point and two point perspective, which enables students to begin to understand how to construct their ideas into fully accurate representations. We run two main projects one of which is based upon logo design which includes colour theory. The other is a celebration card pop up which is based upon the construction of a card that incorporates a mechanical function. Both projects enhance and develop the student’s ability to understand the underlying principles of design. We study potential target markets, market trends and we briefly touch on group dynamics. We research existing products analysing their successes with reference to how established they are, who they would appeal to and how we determine success. The design and make tasks are centred on the development of the students ability to create promotional materials to  encourage sales of their designs, whilst looking at the principles of marketing and advertising in order to assist them with decision making.

How are we assessed?

Classwork (practical and theory work) and homework is assessed throughout the Graphics course.  Students will be given success criteria and national curriculum level descriptors linked to the work.  For each practical and/or theory task students will be given a national curriculum level, which enables their progress to be monitored.  The assessments may be carried out in lessons or set as homework.  In addition, students complete one complete Design and Make Assessment in the Graphics course, which focuses on elements of the design process.   Analysis, research (gathering and using information), product design, development, manufacture and evaluation are areas of the design process that are explored through this assessment towards the end of the course. 

How are we grouped?

Students are in mixed ability groups in Art, Design and Technology, and are timetabled for two double lessons a week in this subject area.  The maximum class size is 23. 

What homework are we expected to do?

There will usually be one homework task set per fortnight, of which the majority are set in order to consolidate learning from that day’s lesson or for preparation for the following lesson. 
The home work tasks should take around 30 minutes to complete.  This will include research activities, worksheets, design and development work or completion of class tasks.  Students will be given a D&T folder to store and transport their classwork and homework to and from school. Students are encouraged read around the subject area to support their understanding and development of subject specific vocabulary.

What can parents do to help?

  • Ask your child to explain the meaning of the subject vocabulary that is new to each module.
  • Encourage your child to discuss what they have learnt each week as they are looking through their D&T folder.
  • Look out for articles in newspapers or television and discuss them with your child.

Useful resources and equipment:

o   Ruler, colouring pencils, HB pencil, rubber, sharpener and compass.

o   Computer is useful for research tasks and presentation, but not essential.


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