Design & Technology (Graphics) A Level - 9705



This subject is equivalent to a subject on the 'approved list' for University Entrance.

Recommended Background:

To have completed the Design & Technology (Graphics) IGCSE and must have completed AS with a minimum of a Grade D.

Course Description:

A Level Design and Technology (Graphics) is an advanced course of study for students who are interested in designing and creating an architectural, product, character, interior or landscape design of their choice. The students are expected to produce a creative design project solving a design need or opportunity, using effective visual communication techniques and drawing skills. Developing and prototyping a final concept the student will enhance, test and evaluate their design into a refined and viable outcome. The final design will then be modelled digitally and with a physical model to present their end product. The students design projects need to be well presented visually and supported by in-depth analysis and justifications. The course promotes use of new techniques and technologies to give students a platform to build skills and design thinking for later study. The goal of the course is to equip students with a range of skills that will prepare them for study at tertiary level. These skills include, sketching, visual communication techniques, design analysis, computer modelling, technological knowledge regarding production methods, physical modelling skills and an in-depth process knowledge. 3D computer modelling, Photoshop, 3D printing and a wide range of other visual communication programmes are utilised. The design work that they produce throughout the course can be used in a portfolio to support applications to universities or design courses. Assessment is based on the student's design folio as well as an end of year examination.


Component 3 Written External Compulsory Weighting: 30%
Component 4 Project 2 Internal Compulsory Weighting: 20%
Papers 2 & 1 C/F AS Mark External Compulsory Weighting: 50%