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Design, Manufacture and Graphics

Design, Manufacture and Graphics

The department offers two subjects for study, Design and Manufacture and Graphic Communication. In the 21st Century the impact of these subjects is all around us in the products and materials of modern life. Learners are encouraged to exercise imagination, creativity and logical thinking.

The school offers the following SQA levels.

S1 -S3

The First and Second year course involves a broad introduction to the two subjects covered by the department. The topics covered will include:

  • Freehand sketching
  • Manual technical drawing
  • Computer Aided Drawing (CAD)
  • 3D modelling
  • Desktop Publishing
  • The design process
  • Knowledge of tools, materials and processes
  • Modern manufacturing techniques- laser cutter and CNC router.

In Third year pupils will have chosen to specialise in either one or both the subjects within the department. The learning will build a foundation for subsequent study in the National qualifications and so the course outline in National 4 is a good example of the learning involved in the pupils’ Third Year.

S1-S3 Homework Schedule

S1 Design, Manufacture & Graphics Homework

Topic: Organising and Evaluating Information.

  • Research a variety of wood and present as an information graphic.

Topic: Products in Everyday Life.

  • Advantages and Disadvantages of CNC

Topic: Evaluating and Appreciating:

  • Storage box Evaluation.

S2 Design, Manufacture & Graphics

Topic: Organising and Evaluating Information.

  • Research a variety of plastic and present as an information graphic.

Topic: Products in Everyday Life.

  • Advantages and Disadvantages of CAD

Topic: Evaluating and Appreciating:

  • Mobile Phone Holder Evaluation.

S3 Graphic Communication

Topic: Organising and Evaluating Information.

  • Recognise drawing types – homework booklet

Topic: Products in Everyday Life.

  • Recognise the application of colour theory in magazine / newspapers.

Topic: Evaluating and Appreciating:

  • Evaluate DTP terms

S3 Design & Manufacture

Topic: Organising and Evaluating Information.

  • Research a variety of design factors and present as an information graphic.

Topic: Products in Everyday Life.

  • Recognise, list and present where turning is used within the home.

Topic: Evaluating and Appreciating:

  • Evaluate toothbrush holder

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National 4 and National 5 Design and Manufacture

The National 4 Design and Manufacture Course develops skills in the design and manufacturing of models, prototypes and products, and knowledge and understanding of manufacturing processes and materials. Learners also gain an understanding of the impact of design and manufacturing technologies on our environment and society.

Throughout the course, learners will sketch, model and produce a range of product designs and show evidence of their development through complex folio requirements. Consequently a fully functional prototype will be manufactured in relation to each folio, ensuring learners are given opportunities to express and gain new practical skills regarding metals, woods and plastics.

Design and Manufacture: Design (National 4)

This Unit covers the product design process from brief to resolved design proposals, including a specification. It helps learners develop skills in initiating, developing, articulating and communicating simple design proposals. It allows them to develop an appreciation of the design/make/test process and the importance of evaluating and resolving work on an ongoing basis. It allows them to develop an appreciation of design concepts and the various factors that influence the design of products.

Design and Manufacture: Materials and Manufacturing (National 4)

This Unit covers the product design process from design proposals to prototype and product. It allows learners to ‘close the design loop’ by manufacturing their design ideas. It allows learners to develop practical skills that are invaluable in the design/make/test process. It helps them gain an appreciation of the properties and uses of materials, as well as simple manufacturing processes and techniques. It allows them to refine and resolve design and manufacturing solutions.

In both Units, learners will gain knowledge of design and manufacturing technologies and how these impact on our environment and society.

Added Value Unit: Design and Manufacture Assignment (National 4) Learners will draw on their range of design knowledge and skills, knowledge of materials and manufacturing and apply their practical skills, in order to produce an effective overall response to a brief. The brief will relate to a straightforward product design scenario. The response will include a folio, a model, or a prototype, or a completed product.

 

National 5 follow the same course outline but with more depth. National 5 pupils are assessed by an external SQA exam at the end of the course.

Homework

Homework for National 4/5 is tailored to suit individual learner needs and skills for development.

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Higher Design and Manufacture

The Higher Design and Manufacture Course develops learners’ research skills, idea generation techniques, and ability to read drawings and diagrams. Learners also gain the ability to communicate design ideas and practical details, to evaluate and apply both tangible and subjective feedback, and to devise, plan and develop practical solutions to design opportunities.

The aims of the Course are to develop:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the process and principles of designing
  • The ability to analyse and clarify problems in a design context
  • An understanding of the issues which influence the design of products
  • Knowledge and understanding of industrial manufacturing processes and materials
  • The application of effective graphic and modelling techniques
  • The ability to produce solutions to design tasks by applying knowledge, understanding and problem solving skills
  • The ability to effectively communicate and justify solutions to design tasks
  • An understanding of economic considerations, and the social and environmental implications of design and manufacture

Homework

Homework for Higher level is tailored to suit individual learner needs and skills for development.

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National 4 and National 5 Graphic Communication

The pupils will develop an awareness of graphic communication as an international language. The course provides skills that are complementary to other curricular areas such as expressive arts, sciences and mathematics.

National 4 & 5

The National 4 Graphic Communication Course enables learners to develop skills in graphic communication techniques, including the use of equipment, materials and software.  Graphic Communication develops skills in graphic techniques, including the use of drawing equipment, graphics materials and computer software. Learners extend and apply knowledge and understanding of graphic communication standards, protocols and conventions, and develop an understanding of the impact of graphic communication technologies on our environment and society.

Course Outline

  • 2D Graphic Communication
  • 3D and Pictorial Graphic Communication

In National 4 there is Added Value Assignment and in National 5 there is an external SQA exam.

Homework

Homework for National 4/5 is tailored to suit individual learner needs and skills for development.

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Higher Graphic Communication

The Higher Graphic Communication 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 and to continue to develop graphic awareness in often complex graphic situations, expanding their visual literacy.

During the course the pupils will develop ability to:

  • Develop aspects of technological capability
  • Select information and evaluate its appropriateness for graphic communication
  • Read and interpret a range of drawings and information presented graphically.
  • Communicate graphical information using both manual and computer graphics.
  • Use the appropriate computer hardware and software for graphic communication
  • Plan and implement a graphic presentation

Homework

Homework for Higher Level is tailored to suit individual learner needs and skills for development.

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Advanced Higher Graphic Communication

The Advanced Higher qualification in Graphic Communication offers learners a sophisticated understanding of how visual communication has been revolutionised by advances in computer graphics, output devices and reproduction techniques. The course relates this knowledge to industrial and commercial practices and considers the wider social and economic implications of technological advancement.

Learners develop an awareness of the ways in which visual communication caters for different needs gives learnes an understanding of the methods used to affect feelings. They also gain skills in understanding the principles of geometry, and develop spatial thinking and visual literacy from the production of drawings involving manipulation of lines and planes.

The course should fulfill the following aims:

  • Develop aspects of technological capability
  • Develop technological creativity in relation to selecting information and evaluating its

appropriateness for graphic communication

  • Develop technological confidence and an ability to analyse, process and present information in a graphic presentation
  • Develop a technological perspective on the role of graphic communication in an industrial context
  • Develop an ability to communicate graphical information using computer graphic skills and techniques
  • Develop a knowledge of appropriate computer hardware and modelling software for graphic communication and its related industrial applications

Homework

Homework for Advanced Higher Level is tailored to suit individual learner needs and skills for development.

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