Graphics (GCSE)

YearTerm 1Term 2Term 3
Year 7
(9 week rotation)
Aboriginal Book Project - In this project students will:
- Have an introduction into Photoshop
- Research artists and create mood boards based on the project theme.
- Primary research of book covers (homework).
- Experiment with digital dot art in the style of Aboriginal Art.
- Create an independent personal response or final piece using Photoshop.
- Learn how to present work professionally.
- Present and Evaluate work effectively.
Year 8
(9 week rotation)
British Seaside Project - In this project students will:
- Have an introduction into Photoshop
- Research artists and create mood boards based on the project theme.
- Primary research of holiday photographs (homework).
- Experiment with digital dot art in the style of Aboriginal Art.
- Create an independent personal response or final piece using Photoshop.
- Learn how to present work professionally.
- Present and Evaluate work effectively.
Year 9
(2 x 9 week rotations)
First 9 week rotation:
Colour Popping – Digital skill building unit that looks at turning images black and white with a small part of the photograph being edited to have a pop of colour.

Repeat Patterns – Digital skill building unit that enables the students to produce their own repeat patterns on themes of their own choice.

Ross Holden – Students to produce digital mandalas inspired by the artists Ross Holden on themes of their own choice.

Second 9 week rotation:
Typography – Students to experiment producing typography with a range of different materials and photograph to then be presented in their portfolios.
Year 10Coursework (60% of GCSE) until Term 2 in Year 11

Patrick Boyer
– Students to look at a contemporary graphic artist and form their own personal interpretation of their work as well as writing analytically about the artists work as well as their own.

Merged Faces
– Students to learn how to digitally manipulate photographs to form exciting new faces from their favourite celebrities.

Wanted Poster
– Students will develop digital manipulation skills of secondary photographs to form scary or comical posters.
Sarah Beetson
– Students to look at the graphic illustrator Sarah Beetson and produce digital drawings on Photoshop that are coloured/shaded with striking paint splatter backgrounds as well as writing analytically about the artists work and their own.

Isometric
– This unit entails students learning to draw using an isometric grid to produce digital 3D boxes and shapes of their own choice. The unit develops into the students producing an isometric drawing of a room or a building (the students choice).
Double Exposure
– Digital skill building unit that looks at using multiple images that are faded into each other to create effect.

Typography
– Students will continue with this unit and produce digital pieces of typography in which they will make images of out letters and line drawings from words.

Printing/Experimentation
– Students will have the option to produce some polyboard and mono experimental prints that will be presented in their portfolios to show drawing.
Year 11Personal Investigation
– Students to have a small run through of the exam unit in which they will choose what they want to design i.e. a poster for a Fashion show / a DVD cover for a new film.
Exam Board Set Assignment (40% of GCSE)
- Students will be given an exam paper and will choose a question in which they will then research. Students will form their own unit of work from this starting point.
Throughout the exam unit, students will carry out research, artist work (contextual studies), design ideas and development in which they will then produce a final piece and evaluate.
Exam Board Set Assignment continued
– Students to complete their exam this term in which 10hrs will be sat in exam conditions. Students will sit this in the main Graphics room and work at the computers to produce their final designs.

Students will have completed the course before May half term.