Graphics - Year 10 and 11
Design and Technology - Graphic Products GCSE - AQA - 8552
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This specification has been designed to encourage students to be able to design and make products with creativity and originality, using a range of graphic and modelling materials. Students will be encouraged to learn through images to use, understand and apply colour and design and to understand graphic materials and their manipulation. They will design and make products using graphic media and CAD/CAM technology to prepare them for the world of work. Students will develop an awareness of the need to consider sustainability and the environmental impact of their designing.
Students complete a variety of classwork exercises and mini-projects to encourage Computer Aided Design (CAD) development and become familiar with the nature of coursework tasks. These projects typically involve the students using graphics programs such as Techsoft 2D Design and Photoshop. Many elements of theory are covered through these projects as well as through timetabled theory lessons focusing on topic areas such as graphic materials, components and manufacturing processes associated with the quantity production of graphic products. Homework is set on a regular basis to ensure all students keep on track with both the class and theory topics.
Students complete a controlled assessment task set by AQA that requires them to produce a research and design portfolio prior to manufacturing a range of publicity materials that are tested and evaluated against their specification. In the past this has been linked to promoting a school band.