GRAPHIC DESIGN

WAEC SYLLABUS ON GRAPHIC DESIGN

PREAMBLE

This syllabus is designed to provide theoretical and practical skills in Graphic Design as avocation. It is also designed to provide adequate foundation for students who would pursuefurther education in tertiary institutions and also to enable them acquire skills for selfemployment.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

The examination seeks to test the candidates’ perceptual, analytical and manipulative skills inGraphic Design:
It also seeks to assess the candidates’ capabilities in the following:
(1) manipulation and maintenance of tools,
(2) uses of materials,
(3) planning and production processes.

SCHEME OF EXAMINATION


There will be three papers, Paper 1, 2 and 3 all of which must be taken. Papers 1 and 2will be a composite paper to be taken at one sitting.

PAPER 1:

Will consist of forty multiple-choice objective questions all of which must beanswered within 50 minutes for 40 marks.

PAPER 2:

Will consist of six essay-type questions. Candidates will be required toanswer four questions within 2 hours for 60 marks.

PAPER 3:

3Will be two practical projects out of which candidates will execute onewithin five days, working for six hours each of the days. The paper willcarry 80 marks.
The question paper will be sent to the candidates two weeks before theexecution period for candidates to study. Designing of sketches and preparatorynotes should also be done within the two weeks prior to the execution of theproject. These will carry 20 marks. The total mark for the paper is therefore100


DETAILED SYLLABUS

The course in Graphic Design includes the study of the perceptual, analytical, manipulation andthe uses of materials.
For the examination, candidates will be expected to have covered all aspects of the teachingsyllabus both in theory and practical based on the following:

1. Importance of Graphic Design

● The importancev of Graphic Design as a profession.
● The role of grahic design in the society.

2. Graphic Design tools, materials and equipment

3. Lettering

● The historical development of the alphabet, Basic forms: Block lettering, serif,calligraphy, freestyle lettering.
● Principles and practice of lettering.

4. Drawing And Illustration

● Basic drawing: forms and shapes.
● Composition and proportion.
● Perspective drawing.
● Shading techniques: hatching and crosshatching, (smudging) blending, Stippling(pointillism)
● Illustration techniques: pen and ink, pen and wash, flat colour, realistic painting,silhouette, photography, abstract painting, engraving.
● Importance of illustration, cartooning; the types, importance and functions.

5. Colour

● Colour relationships: i.e tints and shades, colour harmonies, analogous andcomplementary, cool and warm colours, primary and secondary colours, tertiary colouretc.
● Colour symbolism:

6. Communication DesignVisual communication.

● Meaning and Importance.
● Design process: stages and layout
● Types of communication design media: eg. poster, banner, package, label,signboard,signpost, bookcover,billboard, handbill

7. Reproduction Processes In Graphic Design

● Historical development, tools, materials and equipment, processes.
● Processes ie relief printing, stencil printing.
● Other printing processes – lithography, gravure, photography.
● Electronic printing devices: Ink jet printing, laser, electrostaticprinting.

8. Book Design

● Book typography, type styles and their uses, type indicationmethods and Page layout.

9. Paper Craft

● The development of paper, types of paper and their uses, paper sizes, method of makingdecorative paper: marbling, comb pattern, doodling, wax resist, roller and twine pattern.

10. Book Binding

● Parts of a book, tools, materials, equipment and their uses.
● Binding methods and styles, book repair binding process, care and maintenance of books.

11. Computer For Graphic Design

● Uses of appropriate computer software to design visualcommunication items.

12. Enterpreneural Skills In Graphic Design

● Graphic Design careers: Illustration, cartooningpublishing.Graphic Design employment avenues:
● Advertising houses, Printing houses, Ministries, Selfemployment.
● Setting up graphic design enterprise, factors to consider: pricing, costing and marketing.
● Building a portfolio of works.

13. Exhibition

● Importance of exhibition.
● Types of exhibition
● Factors to consider when exhibiting
● Organizing and Mounting exhibition.

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