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Product Design: Graphics A Level at The Compton School

Course description

If you have an interest in developing your design and making skills to an advanced level and have a creative mind, then this is the course for you.

Throughout the A-Level course, students are encouraged to be as creative as possible and there are no barriers to choices of product investigation, product design or product manufacture, as long as the work submitted by students targets assessment criteria effectively and at the correct level of response for their abilities. When designing, students can be creative and adventurous. There is no requirement to realise the designs produced. There will be no material or manufacturing restrictions and no limitations to design possibilities. Graphic Products has two clearly defined pathways, either ‘conceptual design’ or ‘the built environment’.

A wide range of enrichment trips will form part of the course: The Design Museum, Royal Institute of British Architects, V&A, 3-D Print Show and Business Design Centre Exhibitions.

Course content

The 4 units covered are outlined below:
Unit 1: Portfolio of Creative Skills (Graphic Products)
Unit 2: Design and Technology in Practice (Graphic Products)
Unit 3: Designing for the Future (Graphic Products)
Unit 4: Commercial Design (Graphic Products)

Edexcel does not prescribe the tasks undertaken for each of the three discrete sections. When setting tasks the following points must be taken on board.

a) Product investigation
In the product investigation, the chosen product must contain more than one material and process in order to access the full range of marks. Although students may investigate a range of different products over the course of their AS studies for their portfolio, evidence of only one complete product investigation should be submitted. Evidence must not comprise of the best aspects of a range of product investigations. The submitted product can be chosen by the teacher or the student.

b) Product design
In their product design, students can respond creatively and adventurously to one or more design brief(s)/need(s). These design brief(s)/need(s) can be set by the teacher or the student, to produce solutions which are both fit for purpose and market viable.

C) Product manufacture
In their product manufacture, students should produce one or more high quality product(s) that meets the requirements of the design brief(s)/ need(s). The design brief(s)/need(s) should contain requirements against which the final manufactured products can be measured. The design brief(s)/need(s) should be set by the teacher to ensure a range of materials, techniques and processes are used.

Future opportunities

There are a many Degree Courses, Foundation Courses, Apprenticeships, Placements related to this field: Architect, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Prop & Set Design, Illustration, Art & Design, Photography, Web, Media & Game Design, Advertising both animated and printed, Industrial Design, Product Design, Logo Design and Packaging Design.

A wide range of employment opportunities are also open to graduates who have a Graphics related degree course, such as, employment at The Design Museum, Photographers Gallery, V&A, Printing Companies, Draughtsperson, Teacher/Lecturer.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Compton School directly.

Last updated date: 18 June 2015
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