Graphic Communication Advanced Higher

Course Rationale

Graphic communication study at this level will bring together aspects of technology and engineering, design, artistic endeavour, creativity, language and communication, and will therefore reflect these everyday activities as they interact in our world.

The challenges and activities for learning in the Course encourage learners to become successful, responsible and creative in their use of graphic skills and technologies, and to continue in their acquisition of the capabilities and attributes of the four capacities, including: creativity, flexibility and adaptability; enthusiasm and a willingness to learn; perseverance, independence and resilience; responsibility and reliability; and confidence and enterprise. Through these challenges and activities, learners should find learning an enjoyable and engaging experience.

In progressing learning, this Course seeks to allow the learner to explore graphic communication in specific work contexts, with a clear focus on the application of their skills and knowledge in producing effective, relevant and creative solutions and in supporting the activities of those contexts.

Recommended Entry

The course is designed for all learners who can respond to a level of challenge including, but not limited to, those considering further study or a career in graphic design and manufacturing-related disciplines. It provides sufficient breadth, flexibility and choice to meet the needs of all learners.

The course will support learners with a deep interest in Graphic Design and Design Engineering.

Band ‘A’ or ‘B’ at Higher Graphic Communication.


The aims of the Course are to enable learners to develop:
• skills for enquiry, research and evaluation in the commercial contexts of graphic communication
• critical understanding of the impact of advanced graphic communication technologies and activities on our environment and society
• skills in applying graphic communication design principles and techniques in the various contexts of commercial activity
• skills in the use of software applications in producing creative, meaningful and effective graphic items and solutions to contextualised problems and challenges
• skills in creatively applying graphic presentation work and animation techniques to satisfy the needs of commercial activities and those of their audiences
• the ability to demonstrate independence in learning and thinking

Course Assessment Details

The final course assessment of the Advanced Graphic communication Course will consist of two components:
• Examination Question Paper (2 hours) 80 marks; externally assessed.
• Assignment Task 120 marks: internally assessed and externally verified.
Passing the course equates to one  level  7 qualification (32 SCQF credit points)


This Course or its Units may provide progression to:
• a range of design and/or design engineering -related Higher National Diplomas (HNDs)
• degrees in graphic design and/or design engineering-related disciplines
• careers in graphic design and/or design engineering design fields.

For further information please contact Mr S Urquhart, PT Technologies.