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St Andrew's RC High School

Respect, Happiness,
Confidence and Ambition

S3-4 Graphic Communication

Ambition, Confidence, Happiness and Respect.


What is Graphic Communication (GC)?

There are 3 sections:

  • Graphic Design
  • 2D/3D CAD Modelling
  • Drawing Standards and Architectural Drawing

Graphic Communication breaks down language barriers, promotes trade and provides a shared understanding between societies and cultures. 

Students will develop skills in the production, interpretation, and analysis of both computer aided and manual graphics. 

Manual and computer skills and their effective application develop through preliminary, production, and promotional graphics (the 3 p’s). Some of the tasks to expect are listed here:

  • Preliminary – Sketching, illustrations and layout planning.
  • Production – Drawings for construction and manufacture, CAD and drawing standards.
  • Promotion – Rendered illustrations, publications such as brochures, posters and other graphics.

Qualifications and Assessment

As well as a portfolio of work that can be used when applying for further education or jobs in the creative industries. 

We currently offer:

  • National 4 – Coursework throughout the year that will make up the N4 units as well as an Added Value Unit (AVU)
  • National 5 – You will be expected to complete a written exam as well as an assignment. Question Paper (67%) and Assignment (33%).

Find out more information on the qualifications here: https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/45651.html   

Things to note when taking Graphic Communication:

  • We use Inventor as our 2D and 3D modelling software.
  • We use Affinity Publisher, Design and Photo software for creating promotional graphics.
  • Learning new software takes time and practice. During the N5 and Higher assignment students are required to work independently using this software so must take every opportunity in class to learn these skills.