Higher – Graphic Communication

Rothesay School

Subject: Graphic Communication




Entrance Requirement

At the discretion of the Design and Technology Department. However, learners would normally be expected to have attained the skills, knowledge and understanding required by one or more of the following or by equivalent qualifications and/or experience:

Graphic Communication (National 5) Course


Other relevant prior learning and experience would be skills in art, design and crafts work. Skills in literacy and numeracy would also be of value.


Course Descriptor

The 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. They will develop spatial awareness and visual literacy.  The Course is practical, exploratory and experiential in nature. It combines elements of creativity and communicating for visual impact with elements of protocol and an appreciation of the importance of graphic communication standards, where these are appropriate. The Course allows learners to engage with technologies. It allows learners to consider the impact that graphic communication technologies have on our environment and society.


The aims of the Course are to enable learners to develop:

  • skills in graphic communication techniques, including the use of equipment, graphics materials and software
  • creativity in the production of graphic communications to produce visual impact
  • skills in evaluating the effectiveness of graphic communications in meeting their purpose
  • an understanding of graphic communication standards and protocols, where these apply
  • an understanding of the impact of graphic communication technologies on our environment and society


The Work of the Course

The Course is practical, exploratory and experiential in nature.  On completing the Course, learners will have developed skills in 2D and 3D graphics, as well as pictorial graphics.  They will be able to apply these skills with discernment in order to produce graphics with visual impact and graphics that require the effective transmission of information.  Units are statements of standards for assessment and not programmes of learning and teaching. They can be delivered in a number of ways.  As well as the Course assessment, the Course includes two mandatory Units. Both Units are designed to provide progression to the corresponding Units at Advanced Higher.



  • 2D Graphic Communication (Higher)
  • 3D and Pictorial Graphic Communication (Higher)


Possible Progression to:


Advanced Higher Graphic Communication, Higher Education Degree i.e. Product Design, Engineering, Architecture etc.