I thoroughly enjoyed my year as Head Boy and feel it was a good way to give back to the school that has given me and my two brothers so much life experience and great memories.

Christopher Lewis-Laverty
Head Boy 2010/11

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Higher Graphics Communication

The Higher Graphic Communication course is intended to make pupils aware of the role of graphics in society and to help students develop essential graphic skills and techniques.  The course reflects the use of graphics in business and industry, while embracing changes brought about by advances in technology.

 COURSE OUTLINE

 Technical Graphics 1

  • Manual graphic techniques (sketching and drawing) for pictorial representation and geometric construction.
  • Manual illustration and presentation techniques to give emphasis and realism to graphic presentations.

 Technical Graphics 2

  • Manual techniques (sketching and drawing) of orthographic projection for components, assemblies, sectional views and locations.
  • Principles of dimensioning orthographic production drawings.
  • Knowledge and demonstration of the use of graphic communication within consumer, engineering and construction industries.

 Computer Graphics

  • Orthographic and pictorial drawings produced using computer-aided draughting software
  • Computer rendered drawings produced using illustration software
  • Production of single and double page layouts using desktop publishing software
  • Terminology and hardware associated with computer graphics

METHODOLOGY

 This is a skills based course and the vast majority of the time will be spent building on the manual and computer drawing skills learned in S3/S4.  Skills will be taught by example via the teacher but they will also be demonstrated through video clips and through the use of a textbook.

 HOMEWORK

 Homework will be issued every week and will require pupils to complete drawings started in class or specific homework tasks.  Basic drawing equipment will therefore be required at home.

 ASSESSMENT

 Thematic presentation: a presentation portfolio incorporating manual and computer aided graphics, assessed at 30% of the course mark.  This is internally assessed and externally verified by the SQA.

 External examination: a 3-hour single paper covering Graphic Knowledge and Drawing Ability, assessed at 70% of the course mark.

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.