Art

Higher

Higher - S5/S6 Higher Art and Design

The course structure for the Higher is similar to the National 5 for Art and Design. The main difference with the Higher is with the Art & Design Studies written paper. The higher exam paper is worth 60 marks of the overall award.

In order to pass this subject at Higher, 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 Higher, 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 ASSESSMENT To achieve Higher 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. Portfolio Assessment Task worth 160 Marks (73% 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. Exam Question Paper worth 60 marks (27% of the course assessment marks)

Skills
Learners will be able to:
Communicate personal thoughts, feelings and ideas through the creative use of art and design materials, techniques and/or technology Analyse a range of art and design practices Critically reflect on the impact of external factors on artists and designers and their work Plan, develop, produce and present creative art and design work Develop personal creativity, using problem solving, critical thinking and reflective practice skills.

Opportunities for Learners

Learners will be able to:
Develop knowledge of art and design practice
Experience a range of practical media handling skills in both expressive and design contexts
Exercise imagination and creativity
Analyse the factors influencing artists’ and designers’ work and practice
Explore how to visually represent and communicate their personal thoughts, ideas and feelings through their work

S6 Advanced Higher Art and Design

Advanced Higher in Art & Design offers a natural progression from Higher. The AH course consists of a combination of two units - a mandatory ‘major’ unit of 80 hours study (2 credits) from Design, Expressive or Art & Design Studies and an optional ‘minor’ unit of 40 hours (1 credit). Both units must be on a related theme or area of study to suit the student’s personal skills and interests. This course requires a minimum of 6 periods of study weekly, plus work in students’ own time on sketchbooks, research and folio work. There are no formal exams for Advanced Higher; assessment is based on class work folios and research.

S5 & S6 Higher Photography

In order to pass this subject at Higher, pupils must internally pass the following individual units:

  • Image Making Unit
  • Contextual Imagery Unit

UNIT ASSESSMENT To gain Higher, 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 Assessment

To achieve Higher pupils will also be externally assessed by means of the Project.

Project
The Project will assess the learner’s ability to integrate and develop creativity and technical skills within a negotiated photography project which will have three sections:
Research and Investigation, 25 marks
Development and Production, 60 marks
Evaluation, 15 marks
Project total - 100 marks

Skills
Learners will be able to:
Communicate personal thoughts, feelings and ideas using photography
Develop technical and creative skills in using photographic media, techniques and processes
Develop knowledge and understanding of a range of photography practice
Develop skills in problem solving, critical thinking and reflective practices
Analyse the impact of social and cultural influences on photographers and their work become critically self-reflective, autonomous learners

Opportunities for Learners
Learners will be able to:
Plan, develop, produce and present creative photographic work using a range of photographic media, techniques and processes
Communicate personal thoughts, feelings and ideas in their photographic work
Analyse the impact of outside influences on photographers and photography
Use creative and technical problem solving skills and be able to critically reflect on and evaluate their own work and the work of others