National 4 Graphic Communication (Course Code: C735 74)

SCQF Level 4 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Graphic Communication?

Graphic Communication in all its forms is vital to society. It is a means of getting across information visually using graphics. Graphic communication comes in many forms and various aspects of life including education, industry and commerce.

This course is designed to increase your awareness of how graphics are used, and to learn about the technology used to create them. You will create 2D, 3D and pictorial graphics with visual impact or that transmits information, digitally and on paper.

The skills you learn in this course are useful in many career areas including Architecture, Surveying, Engineering or Design and Marketing.

Career Pathways

To see what career areas this subject could lead to and the routes to get there, download and view these career pathways:

Art and Design

Communications and Media

Computing and ICT



What do I need to get in?

The school or college will decide on the entry requirements for the course. You would normally have achieved:

What will I study?

This course will teach you how to read, interpret and create graphic communications. You will develop skills in spatial awareness and visual language. And, you will learn how to use graphic communication equipment, software and materials effectively. You will also look at how graphic communication technologies impact on our environment and society.

The course has two compulsory units, plus an added value unit that assesses your practical skills.

2D Graphic Communication (9 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

3D and Pictorial Graphic Communication (9 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Added Value Unit: Graphic Communication Assignment (6 SCQF credit points) - this is not mandatory for the session 2022-23

In this unit you will:

How will I be assessed?

Your teacher or tutor will assess your work on a regular basis throughout the course. Items of work might include:

You must pass both units to gain the course qualification.

What can I go on to next?

If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in:

Which jobs are related to this subject?

Where can my parents find out more?

Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.

They can also read the information leaflet(s):

Nationals in a Nutshell - Graphic Communication (National 4)