Course Information

Course Title: Graphic Communication

Course Level: N4/5


Graphic designers express their creativity every day. As well as picking colour palettes and choosing imagery and type they also have to think ‘outside the box’ to solve challenging briefs. If you’re a creative type, with a good eye for detail, graphic communication gives you the opportunity to bring your ideas to life.

Every design project from a small flyer to a major advertising campaign has the potential to make a difference. For instance a poster campaign could encourage someone to donate blood, the right logo can help a local business attract more customers or you can even just point people in the right direction through effective signage.

Every industry needs effective visual communication and therefore good designers. A graphic communication qualification opens the door to a wide range of careers including Graphic Designer, Art Worker, Information Architect, Brand Identity Developer, Packaging Designer, Broadcast Designer, Illustrator, Production Artist, Motion Graphics Designer and Creative Director.

This course will give you the opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of:

  • Promotional and informational graphics
  • Spatial awareness in 2D, 3D and pictorial graphic situations
  • Industry standard graphic communication equipment, software and materials
  • Creative design skills
  • Computer-aided design graphics techniques (CAD)
  • Colour, illustration and presentation techniques
  • The impact of graphic communication technologies on society

Units of study include:

  • 2D graphic communication
  • 3D and pictorial graphic communication


  • National 4/5
  • Higher Grade