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Graphic Design

Subject/Curriculum Leader: Helen Marshall/Gemma MacDonald

Visual communication and information underpins all creative learning within the subject of Graphic Design.  At Norton College, we recognise that all students have an individual experience, of the graphic world and this is nurtured throughout their education.  As a subject, we encourage students to develop their own creativity as well as understanding the work of other designers to help enhance and broaden their knowledge and experience of Graphic Design.  We strive so that our graphic students can achieve, promoting a knowledge and passion for the subject which can develop and flourish in a supportive and creative atmosphere.

The Graphic Design teaching team is dedicated and ambitious, with high aspirations for all students.  We have a dedicated team of 2 teachers, who share a wealth of teaching experience and professional experience.  We are well resourced within our studios with a wide range of drawing and ICT equipment.

The Graphic Design curriculum is delivered so that students have the opportunity to revisit skills, techniques and knowledge which is firmly embedded into their creative practise.  The curriculum has wider links to other subjects such as art, media, photography, music, design technology/food, product design, textiles and maths.  Students are encouraged to attend extra-curricular activities such as KS3 art club to develop their skills and passion for the subject. GCSE students have 5 lessons per fortnight.

Key Stage Three

Year 7, 8 and 9 have one art lesson per fortnight.  Our curriculum enables students to make a smooth transition from Primary to Secondary, whilst building skills in the core areas of study in design, research, making and evaluation. Embedded within each scheme of learning are design briefs which introduce students to client and user centred terminology and working methods.

Year 7, 8 and 9
Autumn term 

What is Graphic Design?
Typography, including design and research work based on the graphic artist Paul Thurlby.
Design Brief 1: NHS ‘Healthy Lifestyles’
Design Brief 2: Halifax @

Year 7, 8 and 9
Spring term 

Isometric and Orthographic drawing
Design Brief: iPhone ‘The Next Generation’

Year 7, 8 and 9
Summer term 

Design Brief: Packaging Design or Audio Cards