The work in Graphic Products allows students to develop their graphic and modelling skills, and involves extensive use of 2D computer aided design programmes, including 2D CAD packages similar to AutoCad and image processing software such as Adobe PhotoShop.
Project work is undertaken within many areas such as:-
- Promotional Displays
- Pop up Mechanisms including greetings cards
- Games and Novelty Items such as board games
The project involves students in:-
- Researching appropriate sources of knowledge including product analysis
- Generating and developing appropriate design ideas
- Planning and making 2D and 3D design solutions
- Evaluating the success of their design
The graphical skills which the pupils develop throughout the course include:-
- Computer Aided Design / Computer Aided Manufacture
- Presentation skills
- 3 dimensional modelling skills in a variety of materials
- 2D and 3D drawing skills
Assessment is in the form of two written papers (40%) and a coursework project (60%). The coursework is a single design and make project which involves students in the production of a design folder and the realisation of their design solution in the form of a prototype model. The final prototype is produced using the department’s CAM plotter cutter.
The examination papers test the student’s knowledge of 2D and 3D drawing skills, their knowledge of computers in design and the industrial processes involved in the production of commercial graphic products including printing and finishing processes such as embossing and UV varnishing.
Examples of Student’s Work:-