Higher Graphic Communication
The Higher Graphic Communication Course provides opportunities for learners to initiate and develop their own ideas graphically. It allows them to develop skills in reading and interpreting graphics produced by others and to continue to develop graphic awareness in often complex graphic situations, expanding their visual literacy.
The course comprises the following mandatory Units:
- Graphic Communication (Higher)
In this Unit, evidence will be required that the learner can plan and produce a series of 2D graphics, to a given standard, in familiar and some new contexts with some complex features. The learner will take initiative in evaluating their work in progress and on completion, and apply suggestions for improvement. Knowledge and understanding will also be assessed.
- Pictorial Graphic Communication (Higher)
In this Unit, evidence will be required that the learner can plan and produce a series of 3D and pictorial graphics, to a given standard, in familiar and some new contexts with some complex features. The learner will take initiative in evaluating their work in progress and on completion, and apply suggestions for improvement. Knowledge and understanding will also be assessed.
On Successful completion of these units the pupils will complete the course assessment which is made up of the following:
Course assessment structure
Component 1 — question paper 70 marks
Demonstrate their understanding of computer-aided design techniques including commercial/industrial practice.
♦ demonstrate reasoning ability by justifying graphics in specific contexts
♦ explain the use of digital technology in graphic communication
♦ interpret/respond to given 2D, 3D and pictorial drawings and sketches
♦ identify and describe drawing standards, protocols and conventions
♦ define, describe and evaluate the use of recognised desktop publishing features
♦ describe, define and evaluate the use of design elements and principles in promotional graphics
♦ comment knowledgeably on graphic communication as it impacts on the environment and society
Component 2 — assignment 70 marks
The assignment will give learners the opportunity to:
♦ Demonstrate creativity in responding to realistic and contextualised graphic tasks and situations.
♦ Demonstrate skills in the use of graphic communication technologies in meeting a purpose.
♦ Produce relevant preliminary, production and promotional graphic responses to a brief.
♦ Apply illustration and presentation techniques to create graphics responses with relevant visual impact and clear purpose.
♦ Produce 2D and 3D production drawings1, applying appropriate standards, protocols and conventions; including third angle projection, dimensioning, line type and the use of scale.
♦ Produce promotional graphic publications with relevant visual impact that are planned and designed to meet a market, purpose, content and style.
♦ Review, evaluate and justify their decisions on the choices of graphic items and communication techniques employed.