Graphics Curriculum (Graphic Communication)

Graphics runs for Year 10 - 13 students. Please see Art and Design for details of the course taught during Year 9.

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Year 10 (AQA Graphic Communication)

Autumn Term
Students will develop their skill set by learning a range of new graphic techniques and processes under the title assignment of ‘Pop’. They will work on Photoshop and use the project as introduction to the extensive programme. They will present their work on layout boards and will use this essential resource as a reference throughout their GCSE studies.

Spring Term
Students will start their second unit of work entitled ‘Altered Image’ in which students will use a mix of both hand rendered and Photoshop manipulated designs. They will study the work of others designers and illustrators to help them develop their ideas.

Summer Term
Students will complete their second unit by creating a set of designs for album art work for a chosen band or musician.

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Year 11 (AQA Graphic Communication)

Autumn Term
Students will build on their portfolio of work, focusing on the development of a final piece for project two. 
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Spring Term
Students will embark on their 9-week (approx.) preparation period for their unit 2 project of work which is externally set by AQA. This is finalised by a 10-hour exam during which they will produce a final outcome. The exam will make up 40% of their overall grade. Students will hand in their preparatory work at the start of the 10 hour period (they will be allowed to refer to this work during the exam period).

Summer Term
Finally, students will revisit their portfolio work to complete and refine for deadline (
Friday 27 April 2018).

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Year 12 (AQA Graphic Communication)

Year one of a two-year linear A Level (AQA GCE Art and Design - Graphic Communication)

Autumn Term
Students will go back to the basics of graphics and fine tune their existing skills whilst getting to grips with the fundamentals of the subject. They will present their findings in a ‘Fanzine’ with a page dedicated to: typography, collage, symbols and logos, packaging, photo and image manipulation and finally illustration.

Spring Term
Students will branch out from their original studies conducted through the ‘Fanzine’ and choose which area to study further. They will be given six briefs and asked to develop their own ideas based on these. Students will focus their study around the four assessment objectives ensuring they have completed contextual research, visual research, design development and a final conclusion.

Summer Term
Students will develop a group project building on teamwork skills and developing creativity in the design process. They will learn to present their work as a team to their teachers. Students will then present a final exhibition in early May 2018.

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Year 13 (AQA Graphic Communication)

Year two of a two-year linear A Level (AQA GCE Art and Design - Graphic Communication)

Autumn Term
Students will build on knowledge gained in AS and work on a contextual unit of work researching the work of other graphic designers, brands and art movements. They will make visual and written responses to their research and develop their own theme from this.

Spring Term
Students will continue to use analytical techniques and apply them when completing a final visual response backed up by a 1000-word synopsis.

On 1 February all A2 students will be issued an exam paper with approximately 7 starting points, students must select one of these and complete preparatory work, ensuring they undertake contextual research, visual research and develop designs for their final exam.

Summer Term
Students will sit their 15-hour final exam in which they will conclude their assignment from start to finish under exam conditions. At the end of the final exam period all work has to be complete and ready to hang on the walls for exhibition. Students will then present a final exhibition in early May 2018.

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