Design & Technology Graphic Products at All Saints Catholic College, Specialist in Humanities
Design & Technology – Graphic ProductsDESIGN & TECHNOLOGY As everyday technology increases in complexity, so our need for understanding increases with it. Our Design & Technology courses aim to teach students about this technical understanding, looking at different design methods and the skills needed to produce quality practical solutions to real life problems. We would suggest that all students opt to take a technology subject, as it is a well rounded subject with real world links, making future career opportunities. Apart from the obvious fact that it is fun, making things as well as learning the theory. During the courses students should develop:· knowledge and understanding· creativity and capability· autonomy, sensitivity and self confidence· responsibility as an individual and as a team member· awareness, understanding and pride in their own learning· understanding how Technological activities affect others· awareness of others’ needs All the Design & Technology courses relate to DESIGNING and MAKING. They all have the same broad areas of study, looking at Materials and Components, Design and Market influences, and Processes and Manufacture, the different courses covering information unique to each focus area. All courses require students to use ICT and computer skills within both the design and manufacturing processes.The courses will acknowledge and develop from skills learnt in Key Stage 3, being meaningful and help prepare for the demands of future technological innovations. The courses should support the demands of individual students and potential, stretching the most able and serving the needs of all. Students should be able to draw on and make use of information from other subjects, especially Art, English, ICT, Mathematics and Science. As well as supporting the development of transferable life skills and problem solving. Our specific key skills are Application of Number, Communication and Information Technology.The Graphic Product course focuses upon visual and graphics communication skills and techniques. Activities undertaken use graphic media, ie card, paper, modelling foams and some resistant materials, to model prototypes of products solving real life situations. Topics Taught Graphic TechniquesFormal Drawings (using drawing boards & instruments), Isometric, Orthographic, 2D & 3D sketching. Use of tone, texture and colour. Modelling techniques with sheet and three dimensional materials. Displaying information with graphs and charts. Use of CAD and programmes to aid designing. Use of GraphicsThe design process. Packaging, Advertising and Product Design, visited through mini projects. Further Graphical Knowledge and SkillsUse of CAD and other ICT tools as a design aid. Understanding and use of CAD/CAM and desktop publishing. Printing techniques. Detail & Sequence drawings. Use of and understanding about a range of graphical materials.
Examination Details Assessment : Coursework 60%. This consists of a final coursework project that shows all the skills and knowledge acquired over the course. The final product will take the form of a 3D model, supported by a folio of graphical/written evidence. The project will represent about 40 hours of supervised time. Examination 40%. The written paper is designed to test understanding of making, applying appropriate systems and designing ability. A preparation sheet is issued on 1 March in the year of the exam, to highlight the design context to be covered in the exam paper.
What can I do with a Graphic Products qualification?Further EducationPossible EmploymentAS/A level Graphic ProductsAS/A level ArtAS/A level Product DesignGNVQ – Art & Design (Intermediate & Advanced) Graphical Design IndustryProduct DesignArchitecturePrinting IndustryEnvironmental PlanningFashion Industry
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