Covering a vast range of skills and talents, design is an exciting, diverse and innovative subject. Design students are encouraged to think outside the normal realms of creativity, to explore a variety of techniques and processes in order to expand their skill-set and to help communicate their design ideas through different mediums.
Key skills to design today’s modern world
Students have the opportunity to explore a diverse selection of projects from both 3D and graphics in years 7-9, experimenting for example with; metal work, woodwork, enamelling, laser cutting, 3D printing and digital artwork in Adobe Creative Cloud to name a few.
At GCSE and A Level, design students can expand these skills to a higher level exploring mould making, resin casting, welding, concrete forming, printmaking, illustration, character design, electronics and CAD/CAM, etc.
We cover a wide range of disciplines including architectural design, furniture design, product design, industrial design and construction, interior design, design for Television / Theatre / Film, Environmental / Garden design and Jewellery. Within the discipline of graphics there is the opportunity to explore illustration, advertising, packaging design, design for print, communication graphics, web design, animation and video.
As part of the Seckford scheme, the Innovation and Design students have built their own plastic recycling machines and use donated plastic to design and make beautiful eco-friendly products. Those who have produced printed artwork can have it made into a mug, inhouse to be sold externally. This demonstrates the full production cycle of commission, concept, production and then marketing. All from our community.
Exhibitions of student’s work and examples of current projects from all year groups are regularly displayed. We also have an annual end of year exhibition which is open to the public, showcasing the work of our three-dimensional and graphic communication students, from both GCSE and A Level.
To inform and inspire students considering their future careers, we host talks from industry professionals, and workshops with external companies. We also run regular trips to museums, design shows, exhibitions, companies and community projects.
Trinity Bouy Wharf arts and cultural centre and drawing prize
Woodbridge Boat Yard
Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, University of Dundee
With a BA Honours Degree in Graphic design Anna also has her own brand designing art, interior products and furniture as well as restoring, and finishing traditional wooden boats at Woodbridge Boat Yard.