The Graphic Communication Department comprises a graphic studio equipped with drawing equipment and a suite of computers. Graphic Communication is taught at Intermediate 2, Higher and Advanced Higher, with S1 given a taster course on a class rotation basis.
Graphic Communication is useful to those pupils who are interested in careers in a variety of fields from engineering to publishing, including architecture, surveying, draughting, design, manufacture, and marketing. Graphic Communication encourages the pupils to develop their ability to communicate ideas and information visually by:
- Creating and using computer-aided graphics and draughting, and 3D computer rendering
- Reading and interpreting a variety of types of drawings
- Learning a range of draughting techniques, including formal drawing-board skills
- Organising and representing information graphically
- Producing desired effects through the considered use of colour
- Developing their knowledge of desktop publishing techniques and practices
Students in the department have access to a variety of computer software for the creation of graphics, and spend much of their time learning to use Autodesk Inventor, a 3D modelling program designed for engineering, visualisation, and simulation/virtual prototyping, which allows them to produce high quality and accurate digital models and learn about advanced presentation techniques for rendering including lighting and the use of materials and textures.