Graphic Communication

Graphic Communication

National 4 & 5

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The course provides opportunities for learners to gain skills in reading, interpreting and creating graphic communications. It is practical, exploratory and experiential in nature allowing learners to engage with technologies. It allows learners to consider the impact that Graphic Communications technologies have on our environment and society. The aims of the course are to enable learners to:

  • Develop skills in Graphic Communication techniques, the use of equipment, materials and software
  • Extend and apply knowledge and understanding of Graphic Communication standards, protocols and conventions where they apply.
  • Develop an understanding of the impact of Graphic Communication technologies on our environment and society.

COURSE CONTENT
2D Graphic Communication
3D and Pictorial Graphic Communication

The difference between N4 and N5 is the level of depth, detail and complexity covered within the topic areas and the pupils’ internally assessed folio work. All pupils would start at the same level and, throughout the year, would expand and develop at their own paces to a National 4 or a National 5 pass.

PROGRESSION PATHS

  • Linear progression
    Completion of National 4 – progress to National 5 (then possibly Higher)
    Completion of National 5 – progress to Higher level (then possibly Advanced Higher)
  • Skills progression
    Replicating basic, familiar and some new graphic forms in 2D, 3D and pictorials producing simple preliminary production and promotional graphics as well as informational graphics. Visual literacy by interpreting simple but unfamiliar graphic communication spatial awareness in straightforward but unfamiliar 2D, 3D and pictorial graphic situations. Applying design skills when developing solutions to simple graphics tasks with some complex features.

All of the above in straightforward, familiar and some unfamiliar contexts

Higher

COURSE DESCRIPTION
The course provides opportunities for learners to gain skills in reading, interpreting and creating graphic communications. It is practical, exploratory and experiential in nature allowing learners to engage with technologies. It allows learners to consider the impact that Graphic Communications technologies have on our environment and society. The aims of the course are to enable learners to:

  • Develop skills in Graphic Communication techniques, the use of equipment, materials and software
  • Extend and apply knowledge and understanding of Graphic Communication standards, protocols and conventions where they apply.
  • Develop an understanding of the impact of Graphic Communication technologies on our environment and society.

COURSE CONTENT
As well as the Course assessment, the Course includes two mandatory units:
2D Graphic Communication
3D and Pictorial Graphic Communication

Across both Units, learners will develop an understanding of how graphic communications as an activity, and graphic technologies by their use, impact on our environment and society.

PROGRESSION PATHS
  • Linear progression
    Completion of Higher can lead to a further study at Advanced Higher as well as further education within colleges and universities with graphic and technical design courses.
  • Skills progression
    Replicating familiar and some new graphic forms with some complex features in 2D, 3D and pictorial representations. Applying recognised graphic communication standards, protocols and conventions in straightforward but unfamiliar contexts. Applying graphic design skills when developing solutions to graphics tasks with complex features. Critically reviewing work as it progresses and evaluating completed work suggesting strategies for improvement. Extending visual literacy by interpreting unfamiliar graphic communications Extending graphic spatial awareness in unfamiliar 2D, 3D and pictorial graphic situations.