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Exam Board: AQA
Course: Design Technology: Graphic Products (4552)
Members of Staff:
Miss J. Newman, Head of Design Technology
Mr. J. Garrett
Graphic Products involves students designing and making products using a variety of materials, particularly card and plastic. It includes the use of computers and CAD/CAM, in particular use of the laser cutter. It is a natural extension of graphical work previously covered during year 9 and gives students the opportunity to solve realistic problems and extend their practical and design skills.
YEAR 10 AND 11 ONLY
Students start of with small projects such as t-shirt designs with packaging, a mobile phone holder along with drawing skills such as isometric, perspective and orthographic. We then move onto controlled assessment. Past examples of projects include drinks glasses with packaging and board games.
Students prepare for the examination at the end of year 11 through theory and small design and make projects. Examples of projects include Christmas card and jigsaws with packaging.
The GCSE consists of TWO assessments:-
Controlled assessment project (60%)
Pupils must undertake a project up to a maximum of 40 hours. Students must produce a 3D product and a design folder produced mainly using ICT facilities. Past projects have included board games, and drinking glasses with packaging.
Students will be tested on drawing skills such as orthographic, isometric, and perspective drawing; drawing basic shapes; rendering; nets; industrial applications of graphical products; materials such as cards and plastics; and processes used to manufacture graphic products. The exam takes place during year 11.