Subject Information - Graphic Communication

National 4/5

Head of Department: Mr Richard Graham

Course Progression: Graphic Communication

Graphic Communication is an important tool that enhances how you communicate with other people. The Graphic Communication courses allow pupils to develop strong Graphic skills, allowing them to gain drawing, sketching, rendering and Computer Aided Graphics skills. Our modern and well equipped building, allows students to work between the classrooms and the open computers areas to produce challenging and exciting Graphic work.

We need Graphic design and we need it to convey its message clearly and effectively. Students of Graphic communication are trained to be able to inform, persuade, direct, organize, entertain, and attract attention with their Graphics work. They skillfully need to combine a range of skills in order to effectively communicate a message.

It gives our students the ability to create Graphics ranging from: an advertising brochure or leaflet to the engineering detail of a complex 3D CAD model. The courses cover the use of Graphics in education, construction, industry, commerce and Graphic Design.

Students enjoy the opportunity to produce their own “style” of work, and the visual nature of the subject. Some of our students use this subject as a stepping stone onto Graphic Design courses, and others find it a very useful subject in aiding their applications onto Architectural and Engineering courses.

Graphic Communication (S3/S4) National 4/5

The Course 

The National 5 course is taught through a number of varied tasks over the two-year course. Pupils learn new skills and develop existing skills through the completion of these varied Graphic projects. Over the course pupil’s develop sketching, rendering and design skills and the ability to produce high standard computer generated Graphics work. Through completion of these tasks, pupils demonstrate and develop the required skills for the final assignment in the course. The Course is practical and encourages a creative and independent approach in students. It combines elements of Graphic Communication partnered with graphic design creativity and visual impact.

All pupils will begin to study for the National 5 qualification, although some pupils may find the demands of National 5 too challenging and therefore, the National 4 qualification may be more suitable. For these pupils there will be an opportunity to transfer to the National 4 course at some point during S3/S4.

During the course pupils develop the following Graphics skills:

  • Skills in manual graphic communication techniques, including sketching and marker pen rendering.
  • CAD (Computer Aided Design) Modelling skills and the production of drawings from a CAD model.
  • Computer generated rendering of a 3D Model.
  • Use of Desktop Publishing and Photo Editing software to produce Promotional material.

During the course pupils also develop an understanding of how Graphic communication technologies impact on our environment and society.

 
Final Assessment

The award at National 5 in Graphics is assessed from the final exam (worth 67%) and the final course assessment task set by SQA (worth 33%).

  • Component 1 — Question paper 
    The question paper will have 80 marks out of a total of 120 marks. This is 67% of the overall marks for the Course assessment.
  • Component 2 — Final Graphics Assignment 
    ‚ÄčThe Assessment task gives the pupils the opportunity to produce high standard 2D and 3D Graphics work in response to a specific task given to the pupils during the course. The assignment will have 40 marks out of a total of 120 marks. This is 33% of the overall marks for the Course assessment.

 

Higher

Head of Department: Mr Richard Graham

Course Progression: Graphic Communication

Graphic Communication is an important tool that enhances how you communicate with other people. The Graphic Communication courses allow pupils to develop strong Graphic skills, allowing them to gain drawing, sketching, rendering and Computer Aided Graphics skills. Our modern and well equipped building, allows students to work between the classrooms and the open computers areas to produce challenging and exciting Graphic work.

We need Graphic design and we need it to convey its message clearly and effectively. Students of Graphic communication are trained to be able to inform, persuade, direct, organize, entertain, and attract attention with their Graphics work. They skillfully need to combine a range of skills in order to effectively communicate a message.

It gives our students the ability to create Graphics ranging from: an advertising brochure or leaflet to the engineering detail of a complex 3D CAD model. The courses cover the use of Graphics in education, construction, industry, commerce and Graphic Design.

Students enjoy the opportunity to produce their own “style” of work, and the visual nature of the subject. Some of our students use this subject as a stepping stone onto Graphic Design courses, and others find it a very useful subject in aiding their applications onto Architectural and Engineering courses.

Graphic Communication (S5/S6) Higher

The Higher course builds on the National 5 Graphics course, but further extends pupils' skills as graphic communicators, and knowledge and their understanding of Graphics. This subject can be sat as a "crash" Higher, but this needs to be discussed in advance of choosing this as an option with the Head of Department. This would require additional work by any student wishing to “crash” this subject, and they would be required to complete preparatory Higher work over the summer before the course starts.

The Higher Graphics Course continues to be taught through practical tasks, which develop a creative and independent approach in students . On completing the course, pupils will have developed skills in 2D and 3D graphics. They will be able to apply these skills with confidence to produce graphics with visual impact and graphics that effectively show information. 

Structure of the Course

The course is taught through four graphics tasks which require pupils produce a varied set of Graphics coursework. These four tasks introduce new skills for Higher and develop existing skills, as they complete the work required for the tasks. The coursework that the pupils create in response to the four tasks is used as the evidence for progress through the two Higher units. Therefore this course does require pupils to be well organised, to ensure that they complete all of the required work in time available.

Final Assessment

The award at Higher in Graphics is assessed from the final exam (worth 64%) and the final course assessment task set by SQA (worth 36%).

  • Component 1 — Question paper
    The question paper will have 90 marks out of a total of 140 marks. This is 64% of the overall marks for the course assessment.

  • Component 2 — Final Graphics Assignment
    The Assessment task gives the pupils the opportunity to produce high standard 2D and 3D Graphics work in response to a specific task given to the pupils during the course. The assignment will have 50 marks out of a total of 140 marks. This is 36% of the overall marks for the Course assessment.

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Advanced Higher

Head of Department: Mr Richard Graham

Course Progression: Graphic Communication

Graphic Communication is an important tool that enhances how you communicate with other people. The Graphic Communication courses allow pupils to develop strong Graphic skills, allowing them to gain drawing, sketching, rendering and Computer Aided Graphics skills. Our modern and well equipped building, allows students to work between the classrooms and the open computers areas to produce challenging and exciting Graphic work.

We need Graphic design and we need it to convey its message clearly and effectively. Students of Graphic communication are trained to be able to inform, persuade, direct, organize, entertain, and attract attention with their Graphics work. They skillfully need to combine a range of skills in order to effectively communicate a message.

It gives our students the ability to create Graphics ranging from: an advertising brochure or leaflet to the engineering detail of a complex 3D CAD model. The courses cover the use of Graphics in education, construction, industry, commerce and Graphic Design.

Students enjoy the opportunity to produce their own “style” of work, and the visual nature of the subject. Some of our students use this subject as a stepping stone onto Graphic Design courses, and others find it a very useful subject in aiding their applications onto Architectural and Engineering courses.

Graphic Communication (S6) Advanced Higher

The Advanced Higher qualification in Graphic Communication offers learners a more sophisticated understanding of visual communication and the effective use of computer graphics. The course relates this knowledge to industrial and commercial practices and gives pupils the opportunity to develop some "industry" standard skills in Graphics. The Course enables pupils to develop and extend a range of graphic and generic communication skills, skills in enquiry, analysis and problem solving, graphic design skills, skills in the use of graphic equipment, materials and software, and skills in evaluating. As well as developing new knowledge, it is about creatively applying that knowledge in context. Students enjoy the more independent nature of the Advanced Higher course, and it is very good at developing pupil’s independent learning skills. The course requires they produce Graphic Folios of work, and this work can be very useful in then helping pupils gain places onto Design, Architecture and Engineering courses.

Structure of the Course

The Course consists of two main areas:

  • Technical Graphics 
    Students develop and creatively apply the graphic communication knowledge, skills and understanding which directly support graphic designing and communication activities in the various contexts of technical activities. It enables students to experience graphic communication in technical detail through exploring the purposes, applications and audience requirements. Pupils need to use a range of knowledge and skills as they work through manual and electronic-based communication task. Pupils need to explore the use of detailed 2D and 3D graphics in modelling, graphic visualisation and technical/mechanical animation.
  • Commercial and Visual Media Graphics (Advanced Higher) 
    Students develop skills and explore techniques in creating a range of effective commercial and visual media graphic communication activities and their application in the fields of publishing and promotion. It is useful to students who have an interest in the broad commercial and visual media use of graphics which might include presentation work, magazines, newspapers, informational manuals, static promotional work, website page layout, graphic design, advertising and point of sale, digital media, games, animation, expressive arts, electronic based learning and advertising. Graphic design work will continually be developed, with an expectation of review, evaluation, amendment and presentation, and with a deep understanding of the needs of the intended audience.

Final Assessment

The award at Advanced Higher in Graphics, is assessed from the exam (worth 40%) and the final assessment task set by SQA (worth 60%).

  • Component 1 — Question paper 
    The question paper will have 80 marks out of a total of 200 marks. This is 40% of the overall marks for the Course assessment.
  • Component 2 — Final Graphics Assignment 
    The final assessment task gives the pupils the opportunity to produce a very high standard of Graphics work in response to a specific task given to the pupils during the course. The assignment is worth 120 marks out of a total of 200 marks. This is 60% of the overall marks for the Course assessment.

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