KS4 Graphics

Subject Staff Leader
Mr D Tivenan- tivend@ridgewayschool.com



Board  –  NCFE

Unit 1Introduction to Graphic Design

Develop an understanding of the components of graphic design.

Unit 2Graphics Design Practice

Examine the work of recognised designers, select one designer and work in their style.

Unit 3Responding to a Graphic Design Brief

Analyse the requirement of a design brief, develop ideas to meet the brief, further develop an idea and present a final graphic design.

Unit 4Graphics Design Portfolio

Explore working in the design industry.
Design and create a portfolio and review how it presents your skills as a Graphic Designer.


Assessment of Course

An internally assessed and externally moderated portfolio of evidence and an externally set task-based assessment.

To achieve a Level 2 qualification students must achieve in all units and a minimum pass in the external assessment.

Final overall result is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction – equivalent to GCSE grades 4 – 8.5


Course Content

Students will develop their understanding in:

  • colour, tone, line, composition, typography, imagery
  • the characteristics of recognised graphic designers
  • technical skills, processes, techniques, equipment, material, composition
  • working in the graphic design industry

Students will develop skills and knowledge:

  • in using tools and equipment competently
  • when experimenting with materials and techniques
  • in adapting their own ideas and responding to feedback
  • in evaluating
  • that are essential for the workplace – team working, presentation of skills, independent working, working to deadlines, efficient use of resources

The skills and knowledge gained will allow students to progress to a range of Level 3 courses or an apprenticeship in a related area of employment.
It prepares students for a career such as a graphic designer, cartographer, illustrator, web designer, typography or packaging designer.

Students will also develop transferable skills in teamwork and communication that will be of value to them no matter what career they choose to follow.










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