Design & Visual Communication (DVC) offers a wide range of opportunities to develop Design and Technical problem solving skills.  The course comprises a variety of Graphics and Design projects.

The projects will involve some three-dimensional modelling techniques as well as two-dimensional drawing, colouring and rendering skills.  The course will also develop abilities in ‘problem solving’, with pupils required to research information, sketch out ideas, present solutions and evaluate specific design problems.  They will also get the opportunity to make some of their designs.

Year 9: Design & Visual Communication

Design & Visual Communication in Year 9 covers the following topics:

  • Freehand sketching
  • Model making
  • Package design
  • Architectural design using Archicad
  • Graphic design using Photoshop
  • Engineering design using ProDESKTOP
Year 10: Design & Visual Communication

Topics: 

  • Architectural and Product Design.
  • Graphic Presentation/Research and Evaluation/Design Process.

Skills:

  • Project work covering areas of:
    • Product Design - using “Solid edge” software
    • Environmental Design - using “Archicad” software
    • Media Design – using “Photoshop” software
Year 11: Design & Visual Communication

Topics:

  • Graphic Communication and Design
  • Environmental Design Technological Design
  • Media Design

Skills:

  • Core studies covering drawing and presentation systems and techniques together with the principles and application of the design process.
  • Architecture and building planning, interior design, landscape.
  • Product design, toys, simple electrical systems, computer design. 
  • Logos, corporate image, advertising, TV graphics, packaging.
Year 12: Design & Visual Communication

Topics:

  • Graphic Communication and Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Technological Design  
  • Media Design

Skills:  

  • ‘Practical problem solving through the application of the design process’.
  • Considering a situation or design brief. 
  • Constructing mockups. 
  • Interpreting and analysing suitable material. 
  • Communicating and presenting the necessary information. 
  • Producing detail pictorial and scale working drawings.
  • Testing and evaluating.
Year 13: Design & Visual Communication

Topics: 

  • Graphic Communication and Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Technological Design
  • Media Design

Skills:

  • Core studies covering drawing and presentation systems and techniques together with the principles and application of the design process.
  • Architecture and building planning, interior design, exhibition.
  • Product design, furniture design, toys, simple electrical systems, computer aided design.
  • Symbol design, logos, corporate image, advertising, TV graphics, packaging.

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