I like graphics as it focuses on different aspects of art such as photo editing, painting and drawing. My reason for others to take this is that it’s art with a purpose and you can convey your messages or feelings through drawings or text.    Ben Y10

Key Stage 3 Overview

Graphic Products provides many transferable skills regarding visual communication and presentation of work. Design is all around us in our everyday lives and it’s important to be able to interpret information and understand key messages. Communicating across ideas (whether it be through drawings or verbally) helps develop creative thinking, problem solving and collaboration with others.

Graphics is taught as part of design study lessons and art. Various projects are taught in years 7-9 tp provide exposure to graphic skills.

Students learning will be assessed by end of topic test and a practical assessment of 3D outcome.

GCSE Graphic Communication in Years 10 & 11

Course Leader: Mrs C Spinks
Contact Email: cspinks@tgschool.net
Examination Board:  AQA
Assessment: 60% Coursework, 40% Examination 

Why should I study this subject at Key Stage 4?

Careers in the creative sector are one of the biggest growing sectors in the UK. Employers like to employ people who are innovative, have the ability to problem solve and come up with new solutions. There are many transferable skills with the main one being how to communicate effectively. The creative field is really reaping the benefits of the rise of new technologies hence there being a multitude of job prospects.

What does the course involve?
Graphic Communication explores a variety of graphic art forms including poster and advertising design, typography and packaging design. You will look at a variety of contextual sources in the development of your portfolios, respond to briefs and develop outcomes. During your work you will analyse the strengths and weaknesses of other forms of graphic communication and respond to them through the development of your own. You will employ a combination of digital/online portfolios, digital editing and rendering, as well as three dimensional and practical based modelling, printmaking and other experimental techniques depending on a student's own intentions. You will explore a variety of contextual sources throughout the projects, and consider how your work can be developed with a specific client, audience or purpose in mind. Your responses to designers/artists will need to be expressed verbally and visually, as well as through written documentation in a digital portfolio.

Skills developed
Over the two year course and within a wide range of activities you will build up a varied skill set by responding to and working within the parameters of a client/target market and focusing on their needs, using varied hand rendering and drawing methods, colour theory, lay-out, experimentation through printmaking, using digital media to show development and progression of ideas whilst being creative, experimental and original. You will also develop transferable skills. You will learn to progressively develop experiments, evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of your work as you progress: you will practice the skills of analysis and evaluation, and use them to refine your emerging practice.