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So I've never done Graphic Communications before, but I was considering going into graphic design if my career plans don't go as well. I'm crashing it this year (sixth year) and tomorrow will be my first lesson. I've done higher art & design, and my dad is a computing teacher, so they let me crash it this year. However, I feel quite unprepared going into a subject I've NEVER done before. What is the course like? Is there anything that is rather hard to grasp? Thanks guys!
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It's a lot of analyzing why certain techniques (line, depth, dominance etc.) were used in DTP (desktop publishing) layouts. There's some work on views, so interpreting a drawing to understand what the model looks like and then doing some stuff with that. You can be asked how you would model on a computer and those questions are usually worth maybe 5 marks depending how hard the object is.
It's not too bad, if you're course is like ours was then you'll be doing 3D modelling on the computers a lot, however it does build a lot on stuff learned from N5 since it's the same general things you need to do but just harder. It's pretty similar to both art and computing so I reckon you'll be fine!
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Ahh okay! The analysis side of it does sound quite similar to art :') The model stuff is something I'm definitely worried about seeing as I have no experience in it, hopefully it won't be too hard to grasp. I'll see how it goes for the remaining few weeks before summer! Hopefully I can look into things I missed from nat 5 to improve my understanding. Thank you sm!!
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The modelling part isn't too bad and it's pretty quick to understand. Mostly problem solving once you learn the commands
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So I've never done Graphic Communications before, but I was considering going into graphic design if my career plans don't go as well. I'm crashing it this year (sixth year) and tomorrow will be my first lesson. I've done higher art & design, and my dad is a computing teacher, so they let me crash it this year. However, I feel quite unprepared going into a subject I've NEVER done before. What is the course like? Is there anything that is rather hard to grasp? Thanks guys!
How was your crash Higher Graphic Comms? I am considering this now beside Maths AH and Physics AH. Would you recommend doing it?
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How was your crash Higher Graphic Comms? I am considering this now beside Maths AH and Physics AH. Would you recommend doing it?
i'am currently crashing it atm so i can tell you a bit about it.
for me, i never did graphics after s2, so crashing it was/is quite a challenge, especially if you've never used any of the software as your classmates who have done it since s3 have likely been using the softwares for a number of years.

im in a split N5/H class and ive noticed there isnt much difference between N5 and H, but the coursework and question paper is ever so slightly harder and at H you get less marks for things than the N5's do.

i would say, that yes it is quite hard to get used to at first, but once you've practised it a bunch of times and regularly review your notes etc, you get used to it.

the different components
- question paper - its pretty fair, but you have to have a good understanding of the different software's in order to answer the majority of questions, so its really good that you regularly practice this
- CAD (computer aided design) - definitely the hardest part of the course as it requires a lot of problem solving and if you have never used the programme before its quite hard to get used to and to understand. this part is basically making models on the computer
- DTP (desktop publishing? i think lmao) - if you have done a subject like D&M before then this part will probably come quite naturally for you. its all about posters and different layout etc. it was the part i got used to the quickest.

if you asked me a few months ago, i would've said NEVER take the subject, but i now quite enjoy it and highly recommend it. it could possibly be easier for you too as you do maths and physics!
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i'am currently crashing it atm so i can tell you a bit about it.
for me, i never did graphics after s2, so crashing it was/is quite a challenge, especially if you've never used any of the software as your classmates who have done it since s3 have likely been using the softwares for a number of years.

im in a split N5/H class and ive noticed there isnt much difference between N5 and H, but the coursework and question paper is ever so slightly harder and at H you get less marks for things than the N5's do.

i would say, that yes it is quite hard to get used to at first, but once you've practised it a bunch of times and regularly review your notes etc, you get used to it.

the different components
- question paper - its pretty fair, but you have to have a good understanding of the different software's in order to answer the majority of questions, so its really good that you regularly practice this
- CAD (computer aided design) - definitely the hardest part of the course as it requires a lot of problem solving and if you have never used the programme before its quite hard to get used to and to understand. this part is basically making models on the computer
- DTP (desktop publishing? i think lmao) - if you have done a subject like D&M before then this part will probably come quite naturally for you. its all about posters and different layout etc. it was the part i got used to the quickest.

if you asked me a few months ago, i would've said NEVER take the subject, but i now quite enjoy it and highly recommend it. it could possibly be easier for you too as you do maths and physics!
Thanks for that, I did it in S3 and for some reason got the S3 year award for it - no idea why! But dropped as the columns just didn't work with my other choices at the time. So know a little but never took to Nat5 and it was 2 years ago. I have never done D&M or any other art subjects.

Are you only able to use the software in school? Or can you have on your desktop PC at home so I can practise over the summer?

I am thinking of either mechanical or civil engineering at Uni, I need Maths and Physics Higher which I will hopefully be ok to do in S6 at AH. I don't need graphic comms for uni but CAD sounds like something that could be useful. I have no idea what else I could do S6 that is worth the time :confused:

School is saying I need to pick 4 subjects (I'd rather concentrate and do better at 3!), so I am thinking Maths AH, Physics AH, Graphics crash H, and maybe PE H (I did Nat5 in S4 so I thought do just for fun and not bother too much about the grade/drop as soon as they let me).
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Thanks for that, I did it in S3 and for some reason got the S3 year award for it - no idea why! But dropped as the columns just didn't work with my other choices at the time. So know a little but never took to Nat5 and it was 2 years ago. I have never done D&M or any other art subjects.

Are you only able to use the software in school? Or can you have on your desktop PC at home so I can practise over the summer?

I am thinking of either mechanical or civil engineering at Uni, I need Maths and Physics Higher which I will hopefully be ok to do in S6 at AH. I don't need graphic comms for uni but CAD sounds like something that could be useful. I have no idea what else I could do S6 that is worth the time :confused:

School is saying I need to pick 4 subjects (I'd rather concentrate and do better at 3!), so I am thinking Maths AH, Physics AH, Graphics crash H, and maybe PE H (I did Nat5 in S4 so I thought do just for fun and not bother too much about the grade/drop as soon as they let me).
yeah graphics is definetly a good subject to have because it does show you have a good level of problem solving and computing skills!

the programme our school uses for CAD is called 'autodesk inventor' and they are currently doing a bunch of free trials for it because of online learning, but the only issue is, is that you have to send away documentation to prove you are a student. so yes, you can definelty practise it over the summer. for things to make on it, there youtube tutorials, and a website called 'the design class' which has A LOT of different drawings for things you can make on inventor. i would ask your school what the skills are needed for higher e.g revolve, loft etc so you actually know what to search up on youtube.

yeah, im pretty sure im having to pick between 4-5 for S6 too which is a nighttmare, but i plan on doing an OU course in law, as it dosent have an exam and its what i want to study at uni, so i'd definelty have a look out for OU courses if your school offer them! graphics wont be too heavy of a course, but if you are doing a lot of subjects it is pretty stressful.

good luck with your options! i would also say that D&M would be pretty good for engineering
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