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.

Subject Skills/Theory Project
Year 7 Drawing skills, colour theory, pictograms Road safety board game
Year 8 Technical drawing skills, presentation, surface developments (nets) Packaging
Year 9 Branding and typefaces, graphic based materials Travel game

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 

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, responding to briefs and developing outcomes. During your work you will analyse the strengths and weaknesses of other forms of graphic communications 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 and making and sketchbook development. You will explore a variety of contextual sources throughout the projects, and consider how you work can be developed with a specific client, audience or purpose in mind. 

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 and original. You will also develop transferable skills (time management, communication, problem solving, analysis and evaluation). 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. The skills you develop during this course will be ideally suited to further study at key stage five, or a further career in Graphic Communications.