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Graphics 

In Graphics, we have selected our specification with the aim of nurturing and developing our students’ intrigue and love of design. The schemes of work are designed to motivate Graphic students, through developing communications skills. Work is designed to meet the needs of all students allowing all to understand the wider picture of their art and design education, whilst being engaged with the learning objectives and having the ability to identify their own progress, build confidence and increase self-esteem through the design outcomes produced.

Our curriculum combines academic rigour and challenge with enjoyment and interest and to build creative and practical skills, sampling a wide variety of techniques to produce innovative outcomes. Students are able to develop autonomy and independence as the curriculum promotes wider appreciation of design in order to enhance understanding of how design influences our daily life and how art and design contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Design can bring life to something which was spoken or read, thought or felt.  Rather than being merely an activity which is a leisure pursuit, design and art enriches our culture and is central to our lives.  In order to make sense of the increasingly visual world we live in we must learn to become visually literate.  This allows pupils to work according to industry standards. Students develop their ideas by creatively exploring various layouts, suitable typefaces and colour palettes to answer a defined design brief; they are supported to help them develop a level of independence and to provide more opportunities to explore their own creative interests, ideas and specialisms. We foster an inquisitive approach and encourage independent learning. It is our aim for each individual to strive to achieve their best as they explore, develop and refine new skills, ideas and experiences. Resourcefulness is promoted by encouraging pupils to work independently, developing practical skills, planning their own projects and problem solving as they go along.

 

The Department

Graphics allows you to be creative, use technology, problem solve - all the key skills that businesses are after! The Graphics department is located at the far end of the school and is a visually stimulating and dynamic environment where students experience a broad and varied curriculum. The room is fully equipped with computers but also studio space for being creative (from drawing ideas to areas where spray painting takes place for all you budding Banksy types), cutting machines that allow you to make creative paper cuts, and a mini photo studio to allow you to be the next Rankin! It’s a relaxed environment, more like a studio than your stereotypical classroom.

Creative thinking is encouraged as is independence - you have the creative freedom in the work you produce. Mr Dykeaylen has many years experience as a Graphic Designer working for companies such as Sony and many advertising agencies so has a wealth of subject knowledge to help you work on your ideas and realise your designs. The Graphics department at Belvedere has consistently delivered superb results at all levels and continues to strive for excellence within each year group. You are encouraged to push yourselves and realise your full potential, which is something we ultimately celebrate with the fabulous Creative Arts exhibition at the end of each year. We also like to share the success of our students and regularly display work both internally, and within the e-zine and newsletters.

The best endorsement for the subject is the work the students produce, fantastic, professional design outcomes - which is why many go on to university to study the subject (or linked subjects such as architecture). It’s probably best to leave the talking to the work and the students; here are the thoughts of a student who did Graphics all the way through to A Level and is now at university studying architecture.

“I just wanted to write this email to let you know how much Graphics has done for me since starting uni. The whole structure of day to day work is similar to my old graphics lessons so I feel so prepared going into everything I do. On top of this I also had my first crit review this week where we present our projects to the design tutors and people from industry. Having to find a way to present all my designs and information like I would have for my folder. As well I have just submitted a report which 20% of marks are based on how I edit the images and present the report. Thanks to everything you did in graphics I found everything so much easier to cope with and it went so well.”

 

Course organisation 

Across the Creative Arts curriculum all students will study four main subject areas in Lower School in 8 week carousel sessions. 

In Year 7 students will be taught Art, Food and Textiles, with a creative project focussing on, ‘About Me’. In Year 8 students will be taught Art, Food, Graphics and Textiles, with a project concentrating on ‘Colour’ and how to apply it practically. Finally, in Year 9, students will be taught Art, Food and Textiles and will be studying ‘Culture and Diversity’ in design.

 

Carousel

 

Year 8

Fashion shop and logo designs introducing Graphics to the students, we look at colour and logos, and start to learn the basics of Photoshop and Illustrator to create a logo for a fashion company and also the shop. We often look at website and animation too.
Year 10

Half Terms

1 & 2

Workshops learning new techniques and skills (including pattern and culture) Workshops learning new techniques and skills 

Half Terms

3 & 4

Workshops learning new techniques and skills  Start Project 1 Natural and Urban: this term to include research and looking at Designers (AO1)

Half Terms

5 & 6

Continue Natural and Urban project - focussing on AO2 Creative Making and idea experimentation Produce final designs for Natural and Urban culminating in mock exam.
Year 11

Half Terms

1 & 2

Project 2 Identity: Looking at Designers (AO1), experimenting with ideas (AO2)



Project 2 Identity: Developing and crafting final designs, culminating in mock exam.

Half Terms

3 & 4

Externally Set Assignment. This term to include research and looking at Designers (AO1) Externally Set Assignment. Continue exam preparation work, experimenting with AO2 (Creative making) and leading to producing AO4 their final outcomes. Finalise all folder prep work in advance of the exam.

Half Terms

5 & 6

Externally Set Assignment. 10 hour exam to recreate final outcome. 


Finalise presentation of coursework ready for submission, moderation and exhibition.

Creative Arts Exhibition
Year 12

Half Terms

1 & 2

Workshops learning new techniques and skills (including print making and typography). Workshops learning new techniques and skills.

Half Terms

3 & 4

Human Condition - Personal Project. Students produce design outcomes to fulfil the 4 assessment objectives. Continue Human Condition.

Half Terms

5 & 6

Continue Human Condition culminating in a mock exam. Start Personal Investigation (looking at topic work)
Year 13

Half Terms

1 & 2

Personal Investigation. A student led and driven project looking a Graphic design aspect of their choice.

Personal Investigation. A student led and driven project.

Half Terms

3 & 4

Externally Set Assignment. This term to include research and looking at Designers (AO1) Externally Set Assignment. Continue exam preparation work, experimenting with AO2 (Creative making) and leading to producing AO4 their final outcomes. Finalise all folder prep work in advance of the exam.

Half Terms

5 & 6

Externally Set Assignment. 15 hour exam to recreate final outcome. 


Finalise presentation of coursework ready for submission, moderation and exhibition.

Creative Arts Exhibition

 

 

 

Enrichment 

Animation

Photo studio

 

Trips

MMU Trip to Degree Show for Year 12

Visiting artists

 

Staffing 

Mr P Dykeaylen

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