Graphic Design

Our Graphics department aims to produce a cohort of creative and imaginative minds who wish to develop their understanding and have a further appreciation of graphics within the many aspects of the industry. It is hoped that pupils who study graphics will have a clear and enriched appreciation for this subject with an enthusiastic drive to continue learning this subject at a higher level. 


Year 9 pupils will be introduced to graphics as an independent subject and this is designed to help inform their option choices. 

Pupils will be introduced to a brand new and exciting 12 week project. This new action figure theme has been created to introduce and follow a typical design process. Pupils will learn how to effectively and independently respond to a set brief. They will learn and develop a base understanding of various graphical skills such as typography and the key elements of design used in industry. These skill sets will all lead towards producing a creative outcome that will also incorporate 3d modelling processes.


Qualification – NCFE: VCERT L1/L2 Technical Award in Graphic Design.

Pupils will further develop their knowledge and application of a range of media and processes in a graphic design context to build a foundation for working more confidently and personally. They will work to set briefs to explore and develop ideas to creatively consider their journey and outcomes. 

Year 10 ** New Specification for 2022 **

Aims and Objectives:

  • focus on the study of the graphic design sector
  • offer breadth and depth of study, incorporating a key core of knowledge
  • provide opportunities to acquire a number of practical and technical skills

 The objectives of this qualification are to provide an understanding of:

  • components of graphic design
  • work of graphic designers
  • requirements of a graphic design brief
  • planning, development and experimentation
  • graphic design production
  • displaying, presenting and promoting graphic design work

What knowledge and skills will the learner develop as part of this qualification and how might these be of use and value in further studies?

Learners will develop the following knowledge, which will inform future training and work in the graphic design industry: 

  • graphic design components (line, colour, tone, composition, typography, imagery)
  • the use of visual language and graphic design principles
  • graphic design roles, graphic design work and employment opportunities available in the industry 
  • types of graphic design briefs, the requirements of a brief and the constraints a graphic designer  may encounter
  • the stages involved in planning and developing a graphic design and experimentation with tools, materials and techniques
  • digital technical skills and resources used in graphic design production
  • displaying, presenting and promoting graphic design work and the considerations to be made.