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Product design


A question has come up on product design in nine of the last ten years. A wide range of products, from toys to mobile phone cases, can be examined in this question.


This is usually a two-part question. You must answer (a) and (b).


* In part (a) you are often asked to describe and discuss the product under headings.


Overall design, safety, materials, colour, texture, function, form and shape have all been included.


* Part (b) can ask you to design something and to give reasons for your design.


Graphic design


There has been a question on graphic design in nine of the last ten years. Posters come up most often, but package design, T-shirts and other forms of advertising also appear.


This is usually a two-part question. You must answer (a) and (b).


* In part (a) you describe and discuss the design using headings. Imagery, composition, colour,


shape, form, lettering and logo have all been used in recent years.


* In part (b) you can be asked to design a poster, logo or some other graphic on a


suggested theme. Film and TV


A question has been offered on film or TV in eight of the last ten years. Sometimes a theme like action or drama is offered to base your answer on. You can also be offered a free choice of film or TV series to choose from.


This is usually a two-part question. You must answer (a) and (b).


474 APPRECIATING ART: SECTION 4


* In part (a) you describe and discuss the film or TV programme under headings. Costumes,


make-up, camera work, special effects, location and sets can be offered to help you frame your answer.


* In part (b) you might be asked to describe one scene or to offer ideas for a film or TV


programme of your own. Examiners have also looked for storyboards and ideas for TV ads.


Architecture and the environment


There has been a question on architecture and the environment in eight of the last ten years. This is a loose heading to group together topics like designing a children’s playground, shop fronts, and upcycling second-hand materials into useful furniture or equipment.


This is usually a two-part question. You must answer (a) and (b).


* Part (a) asks you to describe and discuss the topic or illustration. Headings are given, but


these vary so much that it would be pointless to give examples here.


* In part (b) you can be asked to design something based on the question or to look at


safety features. Public art


There has been a question on public art in six of the last ten years.


In recent years it has frequently been a two-part illustrated question. You must answer (a) and (b).


* In part (a) you are asked to describe and discuss the work of public art using the


headings given. The location, size, shape/ form, colour, texture and its relationship to the environment have been given as points to help you form an answer.


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