Design and Technology - Graphic Products

Why study Graphics?

This area of study covers the range of knowledge and skills that are needed for the communication of ideas and solutions through drawings, diagrams and models. Information will be communicated using a range of presentation techniques, these techniques being linked to business and industrial practices. It will involve the designing, making and marketing of quality products with commercial potential. The making of products will be predominately one-off items but will also include knowledge of batch and mass production.

The ‘design process’ is used throughout the course in order to complete the tasks, assignments and projects. Research, investigation and design are a very important part of the course and must take place before any modelling or prototyping takes place.

Compliant materials are predominantly used for modelling and prototyping designs, these materials usually being card, corrugated card, modelling foam, foam board, paper and plastics.

What does it prepare me for in the future?

Career/further education opportunities include:

  • Product Design and Manufacture
  • Graphical Design
  • The Printing Industry
  • Window Display
  • Exhibitions
  • Interior Design
  • Advertising
  • Teaching
  • Illustration
  • Architecture
  • Film/Photography/Video
  • Industrial Design

What will I learn?

  • Specification and design of a product aimed at a target market
  • Research and analysis of existing products and markets
  • Develop creative, imaginative and original ideas
  • Development of the product (using computer aided design where appropriate)
  • Manufacturing the product
  • Social and environmental issues

What skills will I acquire?

  • Accuracy
  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Teamwork
  • Independent learning
  • Use of tools and equipment
  • Designing
  • Modelling
  • Use of colour

How is it assessed?

Coursework: project to include both a design and practical outcomes 60%
Written examination 40%