At Henry Beaufort, Graphics develops critical and aesthetic abilities, allowing students to create high quality two dimensional designs to precede the construction of models and prototypes, key skills required in the production of all commercial products.
In Years, 7, 8 and 9, students are taught technical drawing and illustrative techniques, the practices of concept and packaging design and how data is used to analyse the needs of a certain product. Throughout this time, students acquire and refine numerous skills necessary to research, plan, execute and evaluate a product's design with a specific commercial market in mind. Industry standard Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) programs are integral in the students' learning.
Developing these skills further with choices to pursue personal interests, GCSE Graphic Products requires students to produce an integrated coursework that demonstrates design and manufacturing process involved in making a quality graphic product. Final projects have included educational board games, a point of sale for a computer game and the design of a corporate identity and prototype packaging for a food and drinks company. Students are graded on 60% coursework, 40% examination.