Introduction to NCFE Technical Award in Graphic Design at Harris Academy Morden
Graphic Design 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. The creative industries are the second largest after finance in the UK.
In Graphic Design at Harris Academy Morden, lessons are focused on promoting a creative and imaginative approach helping students to become confident and independent individuals. Graphic Design is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject, and as such in the lessons at Harris Academy Morden there is a strong focus on solving real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and their client’s needs and values. Students learn how to take risks, develop solutions and gain knowledge and skills that will encourage them to become resourceful, innovative and capable young adults.
In Graphic Design at Harris Academy Morden students begin their KS4 education developing a critical understanding of graphic design qualities, which enables them to create their own outcome. In Unit 2, students use research and exploration to gain an understanding of graphic designers which allows them to then design a product using their style. They select from both traditional and Computer-aided design software’s to help expand their knowledge and develop their work.
Unit 3, gives the students an opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills to a brief, considering client’s values and needs. These units are all developed further in Unit 4 where they will gain an understanding in the Graphic Design industry, they will research and evaluate past and present professionals, understand developments in technologies as they begin to research how to get in to the industry themselves. They will finish the course by making a digital or physical portfolio they are able to take to college interviews or apprenticeships which will equip them for adult life.
Please see the document below for details of the Intent, Implemetation and Impact for Graphics at Harris Academy Morden