Graphic Design IGCSE
Students will follow the EDEXCEL International GCSE Art and Design: Graphic Design 4GD0
Graphic Design is about the organisation of words and imagery to communicate an idea through visual means. Students will gain experience in working in both 2D and 3D visual mediums. The Edexcel International GCSE in Graphic Design is an ideal course for students who have an interest in the different disciplines within graphic design, including packaging design, typography, illustration, advertising, digital printmaking, multimedia and interactive design with students developing expertise in at least one of these disciplines for their exam.
The course encourages students to investigate image making by combining both traditional techniques and the use of modern computer aided design and manufacture such as laser cutting, CNC routing, vinyl cutting and 3D printing. Students will understand the constraints of materials and processes, the role of signs and symbols, and client considerations when identifying and developing a solution to a problem. Ideas will be developed using appropriate design methodology; recognising the constraints of moral, social, cultural, environmental and legal issues.
In Year 10 students will build on their previous experience of design by developing solutions to briefs. Students will be expected to develop their own visual style based on their strengths and interests and select the best use of technology to create outcomes to answer a brief. Students will also research the work of graphic designers and the historical context of graphic design to inform their ideas. Students will deepen their understanding of CAD programmes used in industry such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and 3D modelling programmes.
In Year 11 students will begin their exam preparation. This will include a preparatory period for both components; the personal portfolio and the actual exam where four A2 pages of research, design and development and final outcome will be presented for external assessment.
How will I be assessed?
Students will be assessed on four assessment objectives:
A01: Develop ideas through investigations, demonstrating critical understanding of sources (25%)
A02: Refine work by exploring ideas, selecting and experimenting with appropriate media, materials, techniques and processes (25%)
A03: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions as work progresses (25%)
A04: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and demonstrates understanding of visual language (25%)
Is this course for me?
Graphic Design is an excellent option for those students thinking about careers in illustration, packaging, advertising and branding, interaction design, communication design, game design, architecture, product design, animation, interactive design and 3D design as well as emerging media such as augmented reality and virtual reality
Post 16 Pathways
The IGCSE Graphic Design course is ideal, but not limited to students who wish to continue their interest from their studies in the subject in year 9. The course leads well into the IB Visual Arts, IB Design and Technology and BTEC Art and Design courses. Students will have the opportunity to begin building a strong portfolio which can be used to gain entry to higher education design institutions.
For Further Information: Please see Mr Stewart Ross, Teacher of Design & Technology or Mr James Playford, Head of the Technology Faculty