Graphic Products

Subject Overview

Students will design and make several small projects covering different manufacturing techniques, materials and CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design / Computer Aided Manufacturing).

Skills experienced will enable students to produce a high quality design folder and well-constructed products.

The Exam Board we use is AQA. The controlled assessment aspect is based on tasks set by the exam board and most of the work is carried out in class.

Teaching and Learning

• In the GCSE groups all classes are mixed ability. All the lessons are taught in DT rooms with access to the CAD/CAM room and a bank of 30 laptops.

Year 9

Graphic product designers need to be able to select and use a range of graphical techniques and skills and so the initial stages of this course are spent developing and advancing these skills.

Students will complete a range of differing modules including advertising media, point of sale display, package design, board game design and manufacture and educational aids.

Students will use designing and making skills to develop their own ideas in a creative way. Practical work forms a large part of the course but students will also produce a back-up folder of work and revision notes for the examination.

Design a 2 or 3 fold CD cover for a new band

• Ergonomics

• How to use a 2D package to lay out a net ready for cutting

• Design ideas for the 3D element of the CD packaging

• Modelling and planning to develop a final solution to the package

• Printing processes — photocopying, offset litho, flexography, gravure and screen printing

Travel Game

Brief - Design and make a magnetic travel board game incorporating at least 1 smart material.

Skills and processes:

• Understand the design principles of form, function and fitness for purpose

• Use, where appropriate, a range of graphic techniques and ICT (including digital media), including CAD, to generate, develop, model and communicate design proposals

• Investigate and select appropriate materials and components

• Test and evaluate the final design proposal against the design specification

• To define the term smart material

• To understand the structural composition and applications of the listed smart materials

Printing T- shirt

Design and print a T-shirt using a range of printing techniques including screen printing

• Printing processes — photocopying, offset Litho, flexography, gravure and screen printing

Chocolate bar packaging with PoSD

Design the packaging for a brand new chocolate bar. The final model should be displayed in a suitable Point of sales Display.

• Understand the design principles of form, function and fitness for purpose

• Use, where appropriate, a range of graphic techniques and ICT (including digital media), including CAD, to generate, develop, model and communicate design proposals

• Investigate and select appropriate materials and components

• Test and evaluate the final design proposal against the design specification

Year 10/11

Interactive Book

Design an educational interactive book aimed at young children. The book must help children learn about numbers

• Understand the needs of the target market and design suitable ideas

• Use, where appropriate, a range of graphic techniques and ICT (including digital media), including CAD, to generate, develop, model and communicate design proposals

• Investigate and select appropriate materials and components

Controlled assessment

• 60% of the final grade

• Based on tasks set by the AQA exam board

• Comprises a detailed design folder and the production of the final product

• Constant revision and testing covering exam practice and experience

Assessment

• Students get continual feedback and are given time to act on the feedback to improve the depth and quality of work

• Students will have regular tests based on revision homework’s and work covered

• Working at levels and exam results are feedback to parents at the 4 school data points

• Year 11 students also do a full mock exam paper in term 2

Homework

• Homework will be set once per week to be handed in the following week

• Students should spend around 60 minutes per week

• All homework is on Show My Homework with worksheets attached

• Some homework will be revision from the textbook for a test the next lesson

Some tasks will be to complete parts of their design work or to research relevant products.

Teaching Staff

Mrs Fulvia Bottani, Design Technology Teacher: fbottani@phcs.org.uk
Ms Michelle Laroche, Design Technology Teacher: mlaroche@phcs.org.uk

Notices

Need Help?

Simply contact the school office via our telephone or email address. During term we aim to respond within 24 hours.

01273 581100
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