The subject Graphic Communication, introduced to the School’s art department three years ago, both compliments and offers an alternative to Fine Art for students in Year 9 and above. High spec laptops, Wacom tablets and access to Creative Cloud provides pupils with the opportunity to fully explore digital media alongside more traditional techniques. The course is thriving, and this year will see our first cohort of Year 11 Graphic Designers completing their GCSE!

At the beginning of Year 9, pupils explore the theme ‘If you could put one message on a T-Shirt what would it be?’ From which each pupil works towards creating a range of logo designs/ illustrations promoting World Ocean’s Day. In class they have sketched, researched designers and make stencils to screen print their designs, by hand, onto t-shirts.

For homework, the boys were asked to design another illustration or logo using Adobe Illustrator. They carried out research into inspiring designers, drew their own imagery using Illustrator, trialled and refined their designs, thought carefully about the cause and learnt lots of new digital techniques. All of the designs you see are created from scratch by the students, with no imported imagery.

During the year, we look forward to seeing their ideas develop for the themes ‘Can graphic design save your life?’ and ‘Do you judge a book by its cover?’