Graphics

Design and Visual Communication

Year 9 Design and Visual Communication (10 week course) 

This course involves students learning basic drawing skills which include both sketching and instrumental pictorial drawing, and orthographic projection. Rendering skills which involve the use of tone, texture and shadow in producing realistic solutions to set design problems will also be taught. The design process is introduced and small design projects are given to stimulate students’ imagination in solving real problems. An introduction to computer design software and techniques will also be part of the course.

Year 10 Design and Visual Communication (1/2 year course)

Students develop a range of 2D and 3D drawing skills that enable them to communicate their design ideas for real life problems and/or opportunities. Students will learn skills in both freehand and instrumental drawings. They will use mock-ups and computer applications to depict and clarify their ideas and solutions. Students will also be introduced to 3D modelling.

Design & Visual Communication Level 1 

Design and Visual Communications is a graphic design course that covers two and three dimensional drawing. Students need to be interested in drawing and have basic graphic design skills and knowledge in this area to be successful. The design briefs cover a range of architectural and product design contexts. This course prepares students to study visual design courses such as: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Graphic Design, Spatial Design, Web Design, Product design and Interior Design. Design and Visual Communications at Level One gives students an understanding of the Design Process; they develop their drawing and sketching skills, and develop skills in using Computer Aided Drawing programmes. 

Design & Visual Communication Level 2 

This course enables students to build on the knowledge and skills they developed in Design and Visual Communication at Level One. It is best suited to students who are self-motivated, have a natural visual interest and talent in drawing. Design and Visual Communications prepares students to study graphic design courses such as: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Graphic Design, Spatial Design, Web Design, Product design and Interior Design. At Level Two Design and Visual Communication gives students a thorough understanding of the Design Process; they develop their drawing and sketching skills, and expand their skills in using Computer Aided Drawing programmes including Vectorworks and Photoshop. Three Design Briefs will be completed in this course. These briefs focus on architectural design, product design and graphic design. 

Design & Visual Communication Level 3 & Scholarship

This course enables students to build on the knowledge and skills they developed in Design and Visual Communication at Level Two. It is best suited to students who are self-motivated, have a natural visual interest and talent in drawing. The course explores two and three dimensional graphic design. A real client is used and students establish their own design brief. An on-going relationship with the client throughout the year is required and the aim is to reach a solution that fulfils all the requirements of the design brief. Evaluation is a critical part of student success. Design and Visual Communication prepares students to study visual design courses such as: Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Graphic Design, Spatial Design, Web Design, Product design and Interior Design. At Level Three students develop a thorough understanding of the Design Process; they develop their drawing and sketching skills, and expand their skills in using Computer Aided Drawing programmes including Vectorworks and Photoshop.