S5 / S6 Art & Design

Art and Design - National 5/Higher
Art and Design - Advanced Higher / Portfolio

Art and Design - National 5/Higher

Both these courses normally run side by side in a composite class.
They are equally demanding and require imagination, commitment and hard work. During the course, students will be required to show motivation and self discipline as there is considerable planning and self evaluation. There is regular homework in the form of critical assignments, essays and practical tasks.
Art and Design has a significant role to play in today’s education as creativity, problem solving and an ability to evaluate are amongst the many skills needed in jobs relating to both fine art and the design industries. Many colleges and universities offer a varied choice in design courses - product, textile, jewellery, architecture etc. and institutions will be looking for a high degree of competence in this subject. Higher Art and Design is still seen as an essential prerequisite for any art school application, architecture or practical fine art course. Art and Design is also a recognised university entrance subject for other courses.

Preferred Entry Requirements
An A/B pass at Intermediate 2 would be needed to enter the Higher course.
Any student interested in an Art and Design course who has not achieved these requirements, would be expected to provide evidence of a comparable level of ability in both practical and written work.

Course Structure and Content—National 5
The course at National 5 level consists of two mandatory units and the course assessment.
Expressive Activity: In this unit, students will develop and refine their expressive art work and ideas, experimenting with a range of materials and techniques in 2D and/or 3D, in response to a variety of stimuli.
They will also learn to develop a critical understanding of the work of other artists, historical and contemporary.
Design Activity: In this unit, students will develop creative design work in response to a design brief. They will develop their creativity, problem solving and critical thinking skills to resolve design issues.
They will also learn to develop a critical understanding of the work of other designers, historical and contemporary.
To gain the award of the course, both units must gain a pass as well as the course assessment.
Course Assessment: Students will be assessed through a portfolio of practical work and a question paper.
A final outcome developed from the expressive activity and a final solution developed from the design activity needs to be produced.

Course Structure and Content—Higher
The course at Higher Level comprises three mandatory units.
Expressive activity, Design activity and Art and Design Studies. Each unit is approximately 40 hours duration.
Design Activity: Students will be required to work to a pre decided design brief. This will include investigation of the design need, considering design issues and problem solving and finding a solution.
Expressive Activity: This unit allows students to produce a body of work based on a selected area of study e.g. portraiture, figure composition, still life etc. Students will be required to produce analytical drawing, develop skills in using a variety of media and generate personal ideas towards a final outcome. This could be two and/or three dimensional artwork.
Art and Design Studies: This unit runs parallel to the practical course work. This part of the course covers selected areas of the visual arts and design. Particular art movements, artists and designers are researched and investigated and students knowledge and understanding of these, as well as personal judgments of their work, is assessed in an external written paper. The majority of this element is done as homework.

The folio of practical work will be completed in ordinary class time.
In the Design Activity, the final solution and in the Expressive Activity, the final outcome, will normally be completed under supervised conditions in the classroom.
These two folios are sent away for external assessment. There is no external practical exam but there is a written external paper for both National 5 and Higher.

Art and Design – Advanced Higher / Portfolio

Art and Design – Advanced Higher

This course provides opportunities for pupils to further to develop aesthetic understanding, creativity and visual awareness, knowledge and appreciation. It encourages pupils to use a range of media and technological processes to understand, appreciate and respond to their world. The course promotes creative thinking, encourages independent thought, initiative, innovation, problem solving and the development of personal opinions.
The Advanced Higher Art and Design course includes the three elements of expressive, design, and critical/evaluative activities. Within and across these elements, pupils develop knowledge, understanding and appreciation and are involved in creative and aesthetic activities associated with art and design practice. These activities are experienced across a range of cultural, social and historical contexts, which enable pupils to explore personal interests and develop technological skills.
Pupils will need to be able to work independently as most periods are not teacher led and therefore self motivation is required.

Preferred entry requirements

Pupils would normally be expected to have gained an A or B pass at Higher Art and Design and be able to dedicate at least 10 periods of their timetable to the subject.

Course structure

Statement of intent
Mandatory expressive enquiry 80 hours
Optional units- one selected from
Design Activity 40 hours
Visual Arts Study – report 1500-2000 words 40 hours

The course includes 40 hours over and above the 120 hours for the units, to allow for extending the range of learning and teaching, support, and preparation for course assessment.

Nature and Timing of Assessment

All course work is externally assessed from a total of 200 marks. The expressive unit is worth 60% of the total, the Visual Arts/Design Study is worth 30%, and the statement of intent is worth 10%. There is no exam, with assessment taking place in June.

Portfolio Preparation for further art study

Portfolio Preparation is intended for those pupils who wish to progress onto HN and degree level art courses. Pupils will have the opportunity of following the Advanced Higher course while working towards their portfolio, as the courses are compatible.
This will be highly demanding of time, commitment and effort, as places at art colleges cannot be guaranteed and are extremely competitive. Candidates need to be aware that some art colleges require an uploaded mini portfolio at the end of January with the prospect of being invited for a full interview from February onwards.
Pupils will need to be able to work independently and take a mature attitude towards their own learning. College portfolio interviews take place between early February and the Easter break, depending on the colleges. The AH course work should be completed by the beginning of the SQA exam leave. Portfolios will be returned from the colleges in time to present for the Advanced Higher. This course will normally require at least 15 periods of the pupil’s timetable and a considerable amount of personal time.
Although the courses are hard work, they are very rewarding.