It was a great six years at the school, having met some lifelong friends and having unforgettable memories, and I hope to keep in contact with everyone well into the future!

Christopher Lewis-Laverty
Head Boy 2010/2011

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National 4/5 Graphic Communication

Graphic Communication is the process of using drawings, sketches and colour illustrations needed for clear and efficient communication. The course covers the use of technical graphics in education, construction, industry and commerce. Graphic Communication offers learners the opportunity to communicate in what is effectively an international language. 

Skills and Knowledge

A broad overview of the subject skills, knowledge and understanding that will be covered in the course includes:

  • replicating basic, familiar and some new graphic forms in 2D, 3D and pictorials
  • initiating and producing simple preliminary, production and presentation graphics
  • initiating and producing simple informational graphics
  • visual literacy by interpreting simple but unfamiliar graphic communication
  • spatial awareness in 2D, 3D and pictorial graphic situations
  • using standard graphic communication equipment, software and materials effectively
  • knowledge of graphic communication standards and conventions
  • applying design skills, including creativity, when developing solutions to graphics tasks
  • the ability to take initiative in evaluating work in progress and completed graphics, and applying suggestions for improvement in presentation
  • knowledge and understanding of the impact of graphic communication technologies on our environment and society
  • knowledge of a range of computer-aided graphics techniques and practice
  • knowledge of colour, illustration and presentation techniques.

 

Learning and Teaching Methods

This is a skills-based course and the vast majority of the time will be spent building up manual and computer drawing skills. Skills will be taught by example via the teacher but they will also be demonstrated through video clips using Moodle, our virtual learning environment.

 

Careers Information

A qualification in graphic communication is an ideal preparation for further study or employment. It is particularly useful for careers in engineering, design and architecture. The expertise developed in computer-aided work will be useful in any area of work where the ability to use computer packages is required – for example, graphic design, advertising, publishing, technical illustration or draughtsmanship.