Work undertaken in first year of the A level based on a thematic investigation of ‘Structures’. Initially students investigate structures in the human body and as part of this they participate in a Life Drawing workshop run by the Royal Academy of Arts. This work leads onto several graphic outcomes exploring a diverse range of working methods and different approaches taken by a selection of artists and designers.
Leading on from this, a series of visits to Chatham Dockyard forms the basis of an extended project which requires students to research the facilities and come up with a range of publicity materials promoting the three main areas of interest – boats; architecture and machinery. Their studies include in-depth investigation of contemporary designers and illustrators, as well as looking at a range of fine artists’ work from past and present.
Students select a personal area of investigate in collaboration with their teacher. This can be related to any aspect of graphic design and topics selected in the past have included ‘The Relationship Between Popular Music and Graphic Design’; ‘Illustration in Children’s Literature’, ‘Pop-Up Books and Paper Engineering’ and ‘Graphic Novels’. In addition to researching and developing their own sustained artwork, students carry out research on related designers’ work and must complete an extended essay (the Personal Study) on their findings.