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Design & Technology (Graphic Product Design) A Level at Hitchin Boys' School

Course description

Good design is vital to our world and economy, and as such you will be challenged to think creatively whilst producing graphic products. These could be anything ranging from packaging designs and promotional merchandise, through to architectural scale models of buildings.

Graphic product design encompasses a wide range of design disciplines but is firmly rooted in the skills required to design and make high quality products. Products that are fit for purpose, satisfy wants and needs, and enhance our daily lives.

This new qualification structure will allow you to develop a range of ICT skills using industry standard software ( Photoshop, Illustrator and AutoDesk inventor) and practical skills on a range of outcomes at AS which demonstrate your creativity and growing ability, and apply these to a design and make project at A2.

At AS you will present a compilation portfolio which demonstrates your ability to investigate a product, respond creatively to a brief and to manufacture a high quality outcome. This will contribute towards 60% of the AS grade. The remaining assessment is based on theoretical knowledge of materials and processes which you will have acquired throughout the year.

At A2, you will need to adopt the approach of a professional designer to see a product through to realisation. You will also conduct studies into Design and Technology commercial design, and designing for the future; a sustainable approach towards modern product design. The portfolio and practical is worth 60% of the A2 grade, with the exam paper completing the final 40%.

A qualification in Graphic Product Design could lead to a range of further education or career opportunities in any number of design related fields, including, but not limited to; Architecture, Graphic Designer, Product/Industrial designer, Brand consultant and Interior designer.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements to our Consortium are 5 A*-C at GCSE or equivalent, including Maths and English, for an advanced level or Level 3 course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hitchin Boys' School directly.

Last updated date: 23 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years