Illustration forms part of the discipline of Design. During the three years (Grades 10-12) learners are taught how to follow a client’s brief, being exposed to a variety of different projects and target markets. Illustration is mostly a ‘drawing-based’ subject, which allows learners to develop their own style as well as experimenting with a variety of mediums and techniques. Design as a subject is constantly developing and is visible all around us, from the toothpaste we use to the clothes we buy. Design provides learners with the opportunity to develop critical thinking so that they can analyze the world around them and for the implementation of new technology into their work. Learners can expect to complete the subject with assurance of being able to apply their creative problem solving skill set to any situation, and with the ability to work on a multitasking freelance career in Design.
Grade 10: Learners will explore basic projects and experiment with different techniques and formats. They will, for example, work three dimensional, as a series, or on a large format poster. These projects are very open ended as they encourage personal style exploration and development.
Grade 11: The projects are now client-based, mostly focusing on clients that are present in the learner’s environments and communities. They are expected to develop an understanding on how to approach these briefs and what is required.
Grade 12: The learner’s personal style is expected to have developed by this point, and clients that are more suited to the learner are now selected. This will allow them to develop a cohesive exhibition and showcase their strengths. Their projects are now individually led .