Art

Senior Phase

National 4 and National 5 Art and Design are delivered in S4 with all pupils covering three elements: Design, Expressive and associated Critical Activity. National 4 is internally assessed with pupils completing two units (Expressive and Design) and an added value unit which forms the final solution for both.  National 5 pupils also complete two units (Expressive and Design), but this course is externally assessed by a portfolio sent to SQA and includes a written exam.   In the senior school, pupils currently progress to Higher Art and Design, with pupils in S6 having the opportunity to study Advanced Higher Art and Design. Higher Photography is offered to both S5 & S6.

S4 National 4/5 Art and Design Pupils in S4 will follow the new National Qualifications in Art and Design developed as part of Curriculum for Excellence.

What skills will your child develop in National 4 and 5 Art and Design?

  • a greater knowledge, understanding and ability to critically analyse artists and designers as creative practitioners
  • a deeper understanding of external factors influencing artists and designers
  • experimenting with a variety of art and design materials to refine ideas
  • practical skills in using materials, techniques and/or technology
  • producing analytical drawings and investigative studies
  • creativity and imaginative expression
  • critical appreciation of aesthetic and cultural values, identities and ideas
  • planning, producing and presenting creative art and design work
  • investigating and analysing how artists/designers use materials/techniques
  • applying this knowledge to his/her own creative practice
  • problem-solving and critical analysis to find solutions to design briefs
  • confidence in creative practice and in creative self-expression enjoyment in the arts

National 4 Art and Design

The Art and Design National 4 consists of three units:

Art and Design: Expressive Activity Unit - This unit is a combination of practical and integrated Art and Design Studies critical work. This is a practical unit, developing skills in the Expressive element of the course. Pupils work through 3 stages (Research, Development & Final Outcome), exploring drawing techniques, a variety of media, composition and a study of the visual elements. Pupils are also expected to study the work of artists in their practical units.

Art and Design: Design Activity Unit - This unit is a combination of practical and integrated Art and Design Studies critical work. This is a practical unit. Pupils this session are studying either Textile or Product Design, in the field of 3D Design.  As with the Expressive element, there are 3 stages to the Design process (Research, Development & Final Solution). Pupils are also expected to study the work of designers in their practical units.

Added Value Unit: Practical Activity - To achieve Art and Design National 4, learners must pass both units, and the Added Value Unit. The Added Value Unit draws upon the skills, knowledge and understanding learners have developed throughout the course to complete a final solution for both the Expressive and Design Units.

WHAT WILL YOUR CHILD EXPERIENCE DURING THE COURSE? - Active and independent learning including planned critiques to discuss choices and monitor progress A blend of classroom approaches including experiential, practical learning Collaborative learning: discussing, debating and sharing ideas and techniques; peer assessment to develop critical analysis skills as well as whole class learning. Space for personalisation and choice: in both the expressive and the design units and in the practical activity Applying learning to practical work with a solution-focused approach Embedding literacy skills: researching and presenting information; evaluating; discussing; listening; talking The Added Value Unit (Practical Activity) asks learners to produce a ‘final solution’ or piece of work for both the Expressive Unit and the Design Unit.

Assessment - To gain National 4, learners must pass all Units Units are as pass or fail assessed by the school (following SQA external quality assurance to meet national standards).

National 5 Art and Design

In order to pass this subject at National 5, pupils must internally pass the following individual units.

Art and Design: Expressive Activity Unit
This unit is a combination of practical and integrated Art and Design Studies critical work. This is a practical unit, developing skills in the Expressive element of the course. Pupils work through 3 stages (Research, Development & Final Outcome), exploring drawing techniques, a variety of media, composition and a study of the visual elements. Pupils are also expected to study the work of artists in their practical units.

Art and Design: Design Activity Unit - This unit is a combination of practical and integrated Art and Design Studies critical work. This is a practical unit. Pupils this session are studying either Textile or Product Design, in the field of 3D Design.  As with the Expressive element, there are 3 stages to the Design process (Research, Development & Final Solution). Pupils are also expected to study the work of designers in their practical units.

UNIT ASSESSMENT - To gain National 5, learners must pass all Units Units are as pass or fail assessed by the school (following SQA external quality assurance to meet national standards)

COURSE ASSESSMENTTo achieve National 5 pupils will also be externally assessed by means of the Portfolio Assessment Task. This task consists of two component parts, component 1 and component 2:

COMPONENT 1 Portfolio Assessment Task - Pupils will produce one piece of expressive art work and one design solution. It will include a selection of development ideas that inspire and link with the finished works. Worth 160 marks (80% of the course assessment marks)

COMPONENT 2 Exam Question Paper - The question paper allows pupils to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of Art and Design practice in an extended response format. Worth 40 marks (20% of the course assessment marks)

WHAT WILL YOUR CHILD EXPERIENCE DURING THE COURSE?
Active and independent learning including learning intentions and success criteria; planned critiques and ongoing dialogue to discuss choices and monitor progress, then plan next steps.
A blend of classroom approaches including experiential, practical learning with staff facilitating, guiding and supporting learners Collaborative learning: discussing, debating and sharing ideas and techniques; peer assessment to develop critical analysis skills as well as whole class learning Space for personalisation and choice: in both the expressive and the design units and in the Portfolio, with extensive research options Applying learning to practical work with a solution-focused approach Embedding literacy skills: researching and presenting information; evaluating; discussing; listening; talking.