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 start their third and last unit of work entitled ‘Rebrand’ building upon existing skills and respond personally in a live brief style. They will study existing rebranding and choose their own brand to re-design.

Spring Term
All students will be issued with their GCSE paper; handed out on the first teaching day of January. The paper consists of approximately 7 titles. Students will chose one of these as their starting point and complete a whole project based on this. Students will sit a ten-hour exam spread over a two-week period, in which they will independently complete a final outcome for their chosen exam. This exam will make up 40% of their overall grade.

Summer Term
Finally, students will, finish off and present their coursework in a portfolio selecting the best and most thorough work for external assessment.

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Year 12 (AQA 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
Now familiar with the subject and how to build an A Level unit of work, students will be provided with past A Level exam briefs and will conduct an assignment based around this starting point. 

In the second half of the term students will begin their formal Unit 1 work which will contribute to their assessed portfolio in Year 13. This will be a Personal Investigation project with students deciding the theme.

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Year 13 (AQA 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.

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