What will I learn?
You will learn to use a variety of drawing, painting and computer-aided techniques to enable you to design and produce graphics for posters, fashion items, illustrations, including cartoons and animation, games, packaging and display units. You will learn how to gather research effectively including looking at the work of other designers and artists during at least one organised trip in Year 10.
How will I be assessed?
This qualification consists of two parts:
Part one is worth 60% of the GCSE and consists of at least two practical projects set and marked by your teacher both of which include sketch book work and a practical finished outcome such as a CD case, cereal packet or t-shirt etc.
The second part is a controlled assessment project set by the exam board and is worth 40% of the GCSE, you will have a choice of projects and produce the work as if it were a normal coursework project. There is no written examination, just a supervised time of 10 hours to make the final piece in the classroom.
How will I be taught?
You will be taught through at least three practical coursework projects across Years 10 and 11. (You choose only the best two to enter for the GCSE). You will use industry-standard computer graphics software and printers (including one of only two printers in the school capable of printing larger than A3) in a room fully dedicated to and equipped for graphic art.
GCSE Grade B in Graphics, Resistant Materials or a visual art subject is required for entry into A level Graphic Design. GCSE Grade B in Graphics, Resistant Materials or Electronics is required for entry into A level Product Design.
Many pupils who have studied this route have gone on to careers in Graphic Design, Packaging Design, Fashion Design, Interior Design and Animation.
As well as a GCSE grade, pupils will also leave the course with a portfolio of design evidence and a practical piece of work that can be shown to future employers and educational institutes to help demonstrate the pupil’s designing, practical skills and potential for the future.