Graphics Department Curriculum Intent
In Graphic Communication, the curriculum aims to inspire students to become well rounded and passionate designers with both a love of the subject and a passion and engagement for learning about the wider world around them.
The curriculum enables them to become hardworking, independent learners who are highly motivated to achieve their full potential. We promote autonomy and viral learning, encouraging them to be both independent and collaborative. We aim to provide a curriculum that allows students to be expressive, whilst developing skills in a wide range of different media and techniques. This includes traditional Graphic practises and use of digital media. We encourage pupils to explore visual outcomes whilst communicating their ideas when working to a brief with a purpose/client/ demographic in mind. We encourage and nurture an interest in the Creative Industries.
Learning is implemented by exploring, experimenting and developing skills in a variety of media to produce a wide range of outcomes. Students work with traditional and new media, developing confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. We endeavour to instil vital critical thinking skills as well as being able to make judgments, debate, evaluate and critique a range of topics and issues in their investigation of the impact of historical, cultural and technological aspects on the world of design. They learn to appreciate and value images and artefacts across times and cultures, and to understand the contexts in which they were made. We encourage students to research a range of historic and contemporary designers and artists from a variety of fields.
In the scheme of learning we link subject specific contents to practising artists, jobs and careers in the Creative Industries and HE courses. We maintain links with University of Arts London and regularly visit degree shows in the capital. In Graphics we believe the curriculum will have a positive impact on the development of every student. The impact of our curriculum can be measured through quality, well-conceived outcomes. Students will be able to analyse and critically evaluate their own and others work. The department aims to extend and support ALL students, the studio has an open door policy at lunchtimes, enabled by sixth formers supervising and advising younger students. We run after school clubs, encourage wider reading, and are always seeking to run extracurricular trips and encourage older students to sign up to extra curricular programmes and events run by galleries and theatres.