Graphic Communication


Communication in all its forms is vital to society and the means of passing on information graphically is an important and relevant skill. Communication through graphics, in whatever medium, permeates all spheres of life, including education, industry and commerce. In increasingly global markets, graphic communication is a chosen medium in aspects of life from consumer to education, industry and commerce. The development of skills in the production, interpretation and analysis of graphics in a range of contexts is of broad educational value

The Course

Higher Graphic Communication offers progression in the acquisition of knowledge and skills from Standard Grade (grade 1 or 2) or from Intermediate 2 Graphic Communication. The Higher course is intended to prepare candidates for more advanced study or for employment. The structure of the course reflects the use of graphics in business and industry, both in content and methodology, while embracing the changes brought about by the continuing advances in technology. Manual and computer skills and their effective application will be developed through preliminary, production and promotional graphics.


During the course the pupils will develop ability to:

  • Develop aspects of technological capability
  • select information and evaluate its appropriateness for graphic communication
  • read and interpret a range of drawings and information presented graphically.
  • communicate graphical information using both manual and computer graphics.
  • use the appropriate computer hardware and software for graphic communication
  • confidence in planning and implementing a graphic presentation

Course content:

The course comprises of 3 mandatory units

Technical Graphics 1

1.        Apply manual techniques of pictorial representation to suit a range of subject matter.

2.        Apply manual techniques of geometric construction in the generation of orthographic drawings.

3.        Apply manual techniques of illustration and presentation to give emphasis and realism to graphic presentations.

Technical Graphics 2

1.         Apply manual techniques of orthographic projection to produce drawings of components, assemblies and locations.

2.         Apply the principles of dimensioning to orthographic production drawings.

3.         Demonstrate knowledge of the use of graphic communication within the consumer, engineering, and construction industries

Computer Graphics

1.        Produce orthographic and pictorial drawings using a computer-aided draughting package.

2.        Produce computer-rendered drawings for promotional purposes using an illustration package.

3.        Plan and produce single and double page layouts using a desktop publishing package.

4.        Demonstrate knowledge of terminology and hardware associated with computer graphics.

The course should be seen as an integrated package of study that will take the candidate beyond the level of the pass requirements for the component units. The course will take the candidate through an integrated application of graphic knowledge and skills to produce high-quality graphics.


To gain the award of the course, the candidate must pass all the unit assessments as well as the external assessment. External assessment will provide the basis for grading attainment in the course award.

Part 1

Examination paper 3 hours

Section A Graphic Knowledge

This section will contain short-response questions testing knowledge and understanding of the use of graphics in industry and other course content, for example: state examples of the use of orthographic drawings in manufacture, describe the terminology and hardware associated with computer graphics.

Section B Drawing Abilities

This section will contain formal drawing questions on orthographic and pictorial drawings and will sample across the content of the course.

Part 2

Thematic Presentation

In tackling the course, the candidate will produce a range of graphic work, both manual and computer-produced.