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This subject is about the ability to communicate effectively.

Drawings, sketches and the use of colour illustrations are often needed for clear efficient communication.

2D & 3D CAD skills are an integral part of the course and accounts for about one third of the work covered. Pupils will be trained in up to date industry standard software. Accrediting them with valuable IT core skills. There is scope for any pupil who likes this subject area to build on the skills gained in S1- S3. The subject can be studied at National 4 & National 5.

This could then lead on to:
Higher Graphic Communication (in S5) and
Advanced Higher Graphic Communication (in S6).

Pupils will develop the skills and knowledge required to create an effective design solution from concept to final proposal. This will include:
  • Research & Analysis
  • Idea creation through sketches
  • Client visual artwork
  • Modelling planning
  • 3D modelling & rendering skills
  • Using CAD models to create working production drawings to British Standards
  • Desktop Publishing & Graphic Design skills

Broad General Education

Graphic Communication from S1- S3 is designed to introduce the topics and skills that will be required for pupils when they reach the Senior phase. We also look at the application of design in the wider world and discuss the technologies and explore the possibilities of their use. Topics at BGE levels include:

  • Animation
  • Introduction to 3D Modelling techniques
  • Introduction to Desk Top Publishing
  • Introduction to Photoshop
  • Developing hand drawing & rendering skills
  • Presentation of statistical information with visual impact

National 5 & Higher

These courses are the mainstay of Graphic Communication at Glen Urquhart High School and are made up of a series of practical units. The assessment for both courses is made up of 50% Coursework Assignment and 50% Examination.

Pupils use advanced 3D modelling software to create design solutions to a series of problems. This model is then used to create realistic renders if the product as well as production drawings for manufacture and desktop publishing of promotional materials. The SQA exam at the end of the course is designed to assess the key knowledge and understanding of terms and processes used throughout the course.

Advanced Higher

The new advanced higher has been designed in consultation with industry and further education. This course is only recommended for pupils who plan to follow a career path that involves design. The course advances pupil's skills and knowledge to a level suitable for entry to first year of an undergraduate degree course. The main part of the Advanced Higher involves pupils working on their major project. This forms a large part of the overall assessment (along with a exam question paper) but it is also designed as a portfolio building exercise to allow pupils to showcase their design talent and assist them at interviews for university or the world of work.

Pupils along with discussion with the teacher will write their own project based on their next steps post school. For example, if a pupil intended to study Architecture after S6, then their project would involve the creation of a building from design concept through to final proposal. This body of work would then be available to take to an interview at the university or college. Other possible areas include:

  • Animation
  • Theatre Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Automotive Design
  • Product Design
  • Landscape Design
  • Interior Design
  • Multimedia Design
  • Web Design
  • 3D Design