Graphic Design

WHY STUDY GRAPHIC DESIGN?

The new GCSE in Graphic Design is an exciting new GCSE subject being offered this year. This GCSE provides additional freedom and opportunities for students to work within a range of materials including card, foam board and acrylic. The graphic design work will require strong creative and modelling skills including free hand drawing and computer aided design skills. Written work will mainly be completed and presented on computer based formats.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

Non-exam assessment (35 hours)

Students complete this work in school over two terms in Year 11.
Students set their own design brief.

  • Research and investigation 15%
  • Design and development 15%
  • Analyse and evaluate 15%
  • Making and practical skills 15%

60% of GCSE undertaken in Year 11

Set task
(10 hours) presentation time

Students present this work in school over two full days in year 11 and have a choice from five set briefs which students can research, practise and prepare for well in advance of the set task.

  • Research and investigation 10%
  • Design and development 10%
  • Analyse and evaluate 10%
  • Making and practical skills 10%

40% of GCSE undertaken in Year 11

WHAT OTHER THINGS SHOULD I CONSIDER?

This course is aimed at and suited to students who are considering following careers in areas such as Advertising, Illustration, Animation and any other design career that requires designing and making within a graphical context.

The GCSE in Graphic Design is completely coursework based with no written examination and will therefore require students to be fully committed to the time and effort required to produce high quality design and practical work throughout the GCSE course.

For further details of these courses see Mr Rutter, Miss Powell or Miss Westbrook, Teachers of Design and Technology.

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