Design and Communication Graphics


  • To develop the cognitive and practical skills associated with communication graphics, problem solving and critical thinking
  • To provide a learning environment where students can plan, organise and present appropriate design solutions using a variety of skills, techniques and media
  • To develop the capacity and ability of students in the area of visuo-spatial reasoning



The Design and Communication Graphics course makes a unique contribution to the student’s cognitive and practical skills development. These skills include graphicacy/graphic communication, creative problem solving, spatial abilities/visualisation, design capabilities, computer graphics and CAD modelling. The creative and decision-making capabilities of students in the activities associated with design are developed through three principal areas of study: design and communication graphics, plane and descriptive geometries, and applied graphics.

An imaginative approach to problem solving is encouraged through the exploration of a variety of geometric principles and concepts. This is of particular importance when dealing with three-dimensional space in the context of descriptive geometry. This area of study will also lay the foundation for productive and creative use of computer aided drawing and design (CAD).



The syllabus comprises three fundamental areas of study:
Plane and Descriptive Geometry
Communication of Design and
Computer Graphics Applied Graphics
The core areas of study (Part One) comprise Plane and Descriptive Geometry and Communication of Design and Computer Graphics. Plane and Descriptive Geometry provides students with knowledge of essential graphic principles while Communication of Design and Computer Graphics introduces students to the use of graphics in a wide variety of design situations. It also encourages the development of the critical skills of design analysis and creative problem solving through the exploration of a variety of design problems and situations.
The optional areas of study (Part Two) are offered within Applied Graphics where students are introduced to graphic applications in the fields of engineering, science and the human environment. These optional areas of study are Dynamic Mechanisms Structural Forms Assemblies Geologic Geometry Surface Geometry Students are required to study the core and two optional areas within Applied Graphics.


There are two assessment components:

1. A student assignment (40% of the examination marks, of which CAD will form a significant and compulsory component)
2. A terminal examination paper (60% of the examination marks)

The subject is available at both Higher and Ordinary Levels


Architecture, Engineering, Apprentices, Teaching, Construction,





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