Overview of KS3

Year 7 is about developing a wide range of graphics skills, through focused practical tasks and mini-projects. Year 7 students will develop skills in hand drawing, rendering, painting, perspective and isometric drawing, as well as being introduced to Photoshop software, and a wide range of presentation techniques.

In year 8, students will have the opportunity to put into practice all the skills they have learnt in Year 7, by working to set design briefs. In Year 8, students are set the brief of launching a new brand of footwear, with a logo design and a range of promotional items; a second project is based on music, and the launch of a new music CD/DVD.

In Year 9 students, begin preparation work for the full GCSE course; Students complete a range of projects to broaden their knowledge and develop their practical skills; students are set a brief to promote a place or landmark, and a further project-based around character design and illustration.

Overview of KS4

Students will complete a portfolio (worth 60%) consisting of 2 main projects, which are set by the teacher.

Through project work, students will create a folder or sketchbook of evidence to meet 4 assessment objectives. The exam board specify the assessment objectives, covering all elements of the design process, including:-

A further project (worth 40%) is set by the exam board, and the final 10 hours of the project are carried out under exam conditions.

Example projects include:-

The areas of graphic design which are covered include branding and logo design; packaging design; lettering and typography; promotional design; and illustration.

Students choosing Graphics at KS4 should have an interest in working in art-based media, as well as photography and ICT, primarily Photoshop. Often our GCSE students continue to study Graphics at A-Level and beyond.


Grade Ladders

Grade ladders show the skills/content that a pupil is required to demonstrate to reach each particular grade. These can be used by pupils and parents in targeting what they need to do to make progress in each subject.

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9

Curriculum Intent

Please be aware these documents are only draft versions.


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