|Mr R Mander||Subject Leader|
Key Stage 3 Systems and Control
Students will be taught about a range of practical applications for the 'real world' within the Systems and Control course. A range of existing products will be studied to inform creative approaches to designing and making interactive commercial products. Students will be taught Graphic Communication skills as part of the course through product design development. An awareness of the importance of aesthetic qualities in achieving high quality practical outcomes is taught through a range of practical activities.
System and Control is the study of parts or components, which work together to control a task, activity, machine or gadget. At Sir Jonathan North we focus on electronic systems which all have an input, a process, and outputs, for example an egg timer.
The study of practical skills in systems and control can include -
GCSE Graphic Products
iGraphic Products is the study of different 2D and 3D designing and making techniques used in designing commercial products such as packaging, point-of-sale displays or those used in advertising for the internet and television.
The study of making in Graphic Products can include:
Summer TermHovercraft/ Buggy Challenge
Organisations are recognising the importance of good design and there are many openings in graphic design. For example - in advertising agencies, design studios, in-house company departments and consultancies as well as in the freelance sector.
Who is it for?
This course would suit students who enjoy expressing their visual ideas creatively – whether digitally or in print.
What will I learn?
In addition to basic design skills, courses usually cover advertising, typographic design, print technology, illustration, new media and computer aided design.
Graphic Design - is where words and visual images are used to convey ideas and information. Graphic Design features in lots of different areas including advertising, publishing, signage, packaging, corporate identity (a company's image and logo) and multimedia.
This is concerned with visual imagery and the production of 3D outcomes. You would demonstrate a wide range of drawing techniques to create, develop and convey solutions to a problem.
How will I study?
The emphasis is on making 2D and 3D promotional materials, of high quality, using compliant art materials. Your coursework will focus on the creativity and impact graphic design has on your life in the 21st Century.
What exams are there?
The AQA Graphic Products coursework is 60% and a written exam 40%.
Graphics is offered in Option Block 2.
Possible job opportunities include:
Graphic Design, Web Design, Animation Design, Product Design, 3D Design, Film Production, Interior Design, Freelance Design, Packaging Design or Digital Design.
Average Salary: Graphic designers working for a Graphic Design house can earn between
£20,000, - £40,000 a year (source www.itjobswatch.co.uk)
The use of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator feature in the top 3 required applications required by a graphic designer.
http://www.adigitaldreamer.com/articles/index.htm lists a number of information articles concerning graphic careers and opportunities available today.
All BA (Hons) Graphic Design courses are built upon an understanding of the design process, thinking and mastering the skills to express your visual ideas creatively – whether digitally or in print. They will encourage you to question the role of design and the designer’s responsibilities within society.
Visiting a working graphic studio and print house to explore how promotional graphic products are manufactured in industry