D&T - Graphic Products
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GCSE Graphic Products covers a wide range of areas developing students understanding of product design including packaging, point of sale display, interior and garden design, 3D product (concept) design, vehicle design and industrial design, architecture and exhibition design.
Over the course of two years students develop a range of creative designing and making skills, technical knowledge and understanding relating to graphic products and invaluable transferable skills such as problem solving and time management.
This area of study focuses on designing and making, using different materials and techniques. In order to appreciate ‘Design’, students initially learn traditional drawing and communication skills, then progress to specialised 2D & 3D ICT design packages to cover CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/Computer Aided Manufacture).
The course prepares students to communicate design ideas to clients through using a range of materials, such as: paper, card, foam core board, modelling clay, Styrofoam, balsa and acrylic. Models can be produced by hand as well as by CAD/CAM. Students are encouraged to make full use of digital cameras, scanners and vinyl cutters in order to produce their products.
- Knowledge, skills and understanding developed through short focused tasks along with mini design and make activities prior to Easter in Year 10
- Unit 1 - Designing activities: analysis of design brief, research, specification, initial ideas, starts Easter of Year 10 and to be completed by the summer
- Unit 1 - Designing activities: review, development, final design to be completed by end of autumn term Year 11
- Unit 1 - Make activities: plan, make, test and evaluate to be completed by March of Year 11
- Unit 2 - Written exam taken in summer term of Year 11
- Unit 1 - Coursework - Creative design and make activity (60%)
- Unit 2 - End of unit exam - Demonstrate knowledge of graphic products through multiple choice, short answers, extended writing and design based questions (40%) (June Year 11)
Many of the students who enjoy studying GCSE Graphic Products have gone on to study A-Level Product Design: Graphic Products or Resistant Materials Technology. Students can also study any Design and Technology related course post-16.
Graphic Products students usually study one or more of the creative subjects including: A Level Art and Design, Media and/or Film; BTEC National Diplomas in Art and Design or Media; the Diploma in Creative and Media.
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