Graphic design is a form of visual communication. It is the process by which visual information is given form and structure to communicate a message.
Being a graphic designer is the profession of visual communication that combines images, words and ideas to convey information to an audience. It involves designing print or electronic forms of visual information for advertisement, publication or a website.
Miss Moneypenny is our tremendous Graphics specialist at OBA. Miss Moneypenny completed a BTEC in Design when she studied in college, she then went on to study BA Hons Design at Leeds Metropolitan University. After completing her Degree she then joined John Moores University to complete her PGCE.
Since joining OBA in 2013, Miss Moneypenny has taught a range of subjects across all year groups, including Motor Vehicle, Construction, Design Craft and Food.
On the Graphics course students will have access to the Mac suite, these computers have specialist Graphics software which students will be trained to use. Photoshop can be used throughout projects to edit and manipulate images and drawings to meet the brief.
The NCFE Level 2 Technical Award in Graphic Design is equivalent to a GCSE qualification. It is aimed at 14-16 year olds studying Key Stage 4 curriculum who are interested in any aspect of graphic design, including sourcing ideas and design.
This qualification focuses on an applied study of the graphic design sector and learners will gain a broad understanding and knowledge of working in the sector.
This qualification has been designed to sit alongside the requirements of core GCSE subjects and is appropriate for learners who are motivated and challenged by learning through hands-on experiences and through content which is concrete and related directly to those experiences.
Graphic communication is defined here as the process of designing primarily visual material to convey information, ideas, meaning and emotions in response to a given or self-defined brief.
Students will complete two units per year, students are required to work in one or more area(s) of graphic communication, such as those listed below:
- Communication graphics
- Design for print
- Advertising and branding
- Package design
- Interactive design (including web, app and game)
- Motion graphics
- Exhibition graphics.
They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas
There are a range of support sessions that run at lunchtime and after school for pupils in all of the three key stages. Additional support classes are available for all students before they sit GCSE/ Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications. Students can also drop in during enrichment time for homework support for each key stage that are supervised by subject specialists.