I received a Masters in Product Design from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. I then got offered a job as a teaching assistant at the university. I am also doing an internship with the designer, Philip Starck in Paris.

Fiona Pender
Class of 2002

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Graphic Communication Intermediate 2

Graphic communication is a vital part of everyday life.  Drawings, sketches and illustrations are forms of graphic communication which we all use. The course seeks to develop technical drawing skills, computer-aided draughting and freehand illustrative techniques.

 COURSE OUTLINE

 In the course you will learn to:

 Technical Graphics 1

  • draw isometric and oblique views of everyday items, and planometric views of room interiors
  • construct and draw views of right prisms, pyramids, cylinders and cones in orthographic projection
  • sketch perspective views and apply freehand illustration techniques
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the use of colour theory in graphics.

 Technical Graphics 2

  • produce sketches and drawings of everyday items
  • produce drawings of assemblies and sectional views in orthographic projection, working from orthographic or pictorial details of components
  • use and apply common drawing (British Standard) conventions in the production of orthographic and location drawings.

 Computer Graphics

  • produce orthographic and pictorial drawings using a computer-aided draughting package
  • produce computer-rendered drawings for promotional purposes using an illustration package
  • produce a multi-page layout using a desktop publishing package
  • demonstrate knowledge associated with computer graphics.

 METHODOLOGY

 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).

 HOMEWORK

 Homework will be issued on a regular basis and will require pupils to answer theory questions.   Basic drawing equipment would be an advantage for practising drawing techniques.

 ASSESSMENT

 The course will be assessed by means of an external examination, mainly assessing manual drawing skills, and by a graphic presentation folio, internally assessed and externally moderated by the SQA.  The external exam counts for 70% and the folio counts for 30% of the final grade.

 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 would be useful in any area of work where the ability to use computer packages is required e.g. graphic design, advertising, publishing, technical illustration or draughtsman.