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Welcome to the Art and Design Department

Art and Design Staff

  • Mrs. K Houston (Principal Teacher)
  • Mrs J DiMambro (DHT)
  • Mrs A Emery
  • Mrs S MacKay
  • Mr C Gourlay

Art and Design makes a unique contribution to the learning experience of all pupils. Through Art and Design, learners should have skills rich opportunities to be creative and to experience inspiration and enjoyment. They should be able to explore a wide range of two- and three-dimensional media and technologies through practical activities, and create, express, and communicate ideas. Their studies of the works of artists and designers should enhance their enjoyment and deepen their knowledge and understanding.

In addition, Art and Design allows pupils to become successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens through the range of experiences and skills pupils are actively engaged in.  We hope you will find this section of the website interesting and informative.


Course Overview

The Art and Design department in Dalziel High School provides a learning environment which takes into consideration each pupil’s needs and abilities, whilst having high expectations of all. The curriculum is designed to offer challenge, progression, relevance and articulation. Our specific aims are in line with ‘A Curriculum for Excellence’. They are:

  • To develop pupils’ confidence to experiment with a range of media and technologies to create images and objects
  • To ensure all pupils can use the visual elements and concepts to convey ideas, thoughts and feelings in expressive and design work
  • To improve pupils’ skills in observing and recording, in order to create material that shows accuracy of representation
  • To encourage pupils to choose personal themes and develop their own ideas from a range of stimuli
  • To allow pupils to express and communicate ideas, thoughts and feelings through 2D and 3D work
  • To develop pupils’ skills in using the design process in response to a design brief, to develop and communicate imaginative and original design solutions
  • To promote the analysis of art and design techniques, processes and concepts,
  • To encourage pupils to make informed judgements and express considered opinions on their own and others’ work.
  • To promote and encourage cross-curricular links where possible 
  • To promote a variety of effective learning and teaching strategies, including co-operative learning to foster tolerance and co-operation with others
  • To prepare our pupils for the future through skills for learning, life and work and advise on subject choice and career paths 

S1-S3 BGE

In S1-S3, pupils follow a Broad General Education in line with the principles of Curriculum for Excellence. In S1 pupils will experience 4 Units aimed at developing skills in Observation and Recording, Design and Expressive Media and Technology experimentation, exploration of the Design Process and Creating Communicative artworks. In S2 pupils cover 3 units aimed at further developing skills in experimentation with Design and Expressive Media and Technologies, deeper learning in terms of the Design process and creating communicative artworks. S3 pupils receive 4 periods per week where they build on prior learning, further develop and extend Expressive and Design practical skills. In addition to this, they have opportunities to critically analyse Artists and Designers work. All pupils have the opportunity to experience success in Art and Design and this is celebrated regularly through exhibitions and displays.

All S1-S3 pupils follow the BGE. They have benefited from increased active learning and self and peer assessment strategies which have been integrated into the BGE. The learning and teaching methodologies used in the department are designed to give pupils opportunities to develop these capacities. Courses offer progression and appropriate challenge, whilst taking account of prior learning. The subject naturally cultivates several important aspects, particularly critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, evaluating and decision-making. Experiential learning is a key approach and pupils are given ample scope for personalisation and choice, which encourages enthusiasm and motivation. 

Many units of work include inter-disciplinary learning, to encourage pupils to understand the wider context of their learning and link relevant aspects to cross-curricular areas.


Senior Phase

Senior Phase National Qualification Courses in Art and Design are delivered in S4-S6 with all pupils covering three elements: Design, Expressive and associated Critical Activity. In the senior phase, pupils can study National 4, National 5 and Higher Art & Design, with pupils in S6 having the opportunity to study Advanced Higher Art and Design. Higher Photography is offered to both S5 & S6.

What skills will my child develop in Art and Design National Qualification courses?

  • 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

National 4 Art & Design

The course has two compulsory units, plus an added value unit that assesses learners practical skills.

Art and Design: Expressive Activity

In this unit learners will:

  • develop an understanding of the factors that influence and inspire artists’ work
  • consider how artists use art materials, techniques and/or technology in their work
  • research and develop their personal thoughts and ideas in 2D and/or 3D formats in response to given stimuli
  • produce observational drawings and studies and develop their expressive ideas and compositions
  • experiment with and use art materials, techniques and/or technology in creative and expressive ways

Art and Design: Design Activity

In this unit learners will:

  • plan, research and develop creative design ideas in response to a given brief
  • develop their creativity and problem-solving skills as they consider the design opportunities, issues and constraints of the brief
  • develop their understanding of designers’ working practices and the factors that inspire and influence their work
  • experiment with and develop media handling skills when producing their design ideas in 2D and/or 3D formats

Added Value Unit: Art and Design Practical Activity

In this unit learners will produce a:

  • piece of expressive art
  • piece of design work

How will I be assessed?

National 4 work will be assessed by the class teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. Items of work might include:

  • practical work
  • written work
  • class-based exams

You must pass all the units including the practical unit to gain the course qualification.


National 5 Art & Design

Art and Design is a practical, hands-on subject that develops creativity and imagination, and artistic skills. Pupils learn how to use a range of art and design materials and techniques, produce analytical drawings and carry out investigative studies. They will learn the skills involved in planning, producing and presenting art and design work. In addition to this, they will also find out how artists and designers work, and how factors like their environment and culture have an impact on their work.

The course comprises of two areas of study.

Expressive

This part of the course helps learners to plan, research and develop creative expressive work in response to a theme/stimulus. Learners will:

  • develop knowledge and understanding of artists’ working practices and the social, cultural and other influences affecting their work and practice
  • select a theme/stimulus and produce 2D/3D analytical drawings, studies and investigative research, and use this to produce a single line of development leading to a final piece
  • reflect on and evaluate their creative process and the visual qualities of their work

Design

This part of the course helps learners plan, research and develop creative design work in response to a design brief. Learners will:

  • develop knowledge and understanding of designers’ working practices and the social, cultural and other influences affecting their work and practice
  • select a design brief and compile a variety of 2D/3D investigative material and market research, and use this to produce a single line of development leading to a design solution
  • reflect on and evaluate their creative process and the aesthetic and functional qualities of their work.

How will learners be assessed?

The course assessment has three components totalling 250 marks:

  • Component 1: question paper (2 sections) – worth 50 marks (25 marks for each section)
  • Component 2: expressive portfolio – worth 100 marks
  • Component 3: design portfolio – worth 100 marks.

The portfolio components are set by the Art and Design Department and the examination question paper is set by the SQA. Both components will be externally marked by SQA.

The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across all course assessment components.

The course assessment is graded A-D.


Higher Art & Design

Course Content

The course comprises of two areas of study: Expressive and Design

Design Portfolio

In the Design Portfolio learners will plan, research and develop creative design work in response to a design brief. They will develop their creativity, problem solving and critical thinking skills as they consider complex design opportunities, and work to resolve design issues and constraints. They will develop and refine their design ideas by experimenting with and using a range of materials techniques and/or technology in 2D and/or 3D formats. This will lead to a final solution design.

Expressive Portfolio

In the Expressive Portfolio learners to develop their personal thoughts and ideas in visual form. They will select stimuli and produce investigative drawings and studies. They will develop and refine their expressive ideas and artwork, experimenting with and using a range of materials, techniques and/or technology in 2D and/or 3D formats in response to the stimuli. This work will lead to a final piece.

Question Paper

Learners will develop critical understanding of artists’ and designers’ working practices and the social and cultural influences affecting their work.

How will learners be assessed?

The course assessment has three components totalling 260 marks:

  • Component 1: question paper (2 sections) – worth 60 marks (23%)
  • Component 2: expressive portfolio – worth 100 marks (38.5%)
  • Component 3: design portfolio – worth 100 marks (38.5%)

All components will be externally marked by SQA

Within each portfolio, learners will produce a body of investigative and development work that leads to one final piece of expressive art work and one design solution. The portfolios will be sufficiently open and flexible to allow for personalisation and choice and will focus on both the process and products of learning.

The question paper adds value by requiring integration and application skills, knowledge and understanding of art and design practice from across all areas of their learning within the course.

The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across all course assessment components.

The course assessment is graded A-D.

Homework

All learners should approach the Higher course as much more than the sum of 6 periods of school work. In order to make good progress, candidates will require to work on their portfolios at home; to extend and augment the work competed in class. Tasks for homework may be assigned to learners relevant to their individual projects. Also, a programme of study for the written exam will be followed which will require learners to study from notes provided for them as well as their own researches. They will frequently be required to provide evidence of their research in the form of an essay.


Advanced Higher Art & Design (Design)

What will learners study?

The course consists of two compulsory units and the course assessment unit.

Art and Design (Design): Design Studies

In this unit learners will:

  • through self direction, investigate the working practices and design approaches of others
  • critically analyse designers’ work and practice, evaluating the impact of external factors on their design considerations and creative choices
  • communicate informed and supported personal views, opinions and judgements on the designers’ work.
  • Art and Design (Design): Design Enquiry

In this unit learners will:

  • plan, develop and produce a range of related development lines of personal enquiry and creative design work in an independent and self directed manner
  • use their understanding of design practice to inspire and influence their own design approach and creative choices
  • work imaginatively to resolve any design issues or challenges
  • experiment with and explore how materials, techniques and/or technology can be used to realise your design ideas in 2D and/or 3D formats

How will learners be assessed?

Course Assessment

The course assessment consists of one component worth 100 marks:

  • Component 1 - Portfolio of work (100 marks).

Learners will select one or more examples of their earlier investigative and design development work and use this as the basis for developing and producing highly resolved design solutions. This will include an initial starting point for the design and further development work, the final design solution and supporting evidence of critical analysis and evaluation.

This will be externally marked by SQA.

Learners work will be assessed by their teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. Learners must pass all units and the course assessment to gain the course qualification.

The course assessment is graded A-D. Grades will depend on the total mark for all course assessments together.


Advanced Higher Art & Design (Expressive)

The course consists of two compulsory units and the course assessment unit.

Art and Design (Expressive): Expressive Studies

In this unit learners will:

  • through self direction, investigate the working practices and design approaches of others
  • analyse artists’ work and practice, analyzing and evaluating the impact of external factors on their creative work
  • communicate informed and supported personal views, opinions and judgements on the designers’ work.

Art and Design (Expressive): Expressive Enquiry

In this unit learners will:

  • develop and produce a range of related development lines of creative enquiry and expressive art work. Learners expressive art work will be inspired and influenced by their investigative research into expressive art practice
  • experiment with and creatively explore how materials, equipment, techniques, composition and/or technology can be used use these in sophisticated and expressive ways to communicate and realise their ideas in 2D and/or 3D formats.

How will learners be assessed?

Course Assessment
The course assessment consists of one component worth 100 marks:

  • Component 1: Portfolio (100 marks)

Learners will select one or more examples of their earlier expressive investigative and development work and use this as the basis for developing and producing pieces of highly resolved expressive art work. This will include an initial starting point for the expressive ideas and further development work, a highly resolved piece(s) of expressive art work and supporting evidence of critical analysis and evaluation.

This will be externally marked by SQA.

Learners work will be assessed by their teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. They must pass all units and the course assessment to gain the course qualification.

The course assessment is graded A-D. Grades will depend on the total mark for all course assessments together.


S5/S6 Higher Photography

Higher Photography is another popular choice in S5 and S6, allowing pupils to broaden their skills in composition and image making through another media.

Aims of the course

The course encourages learners to be inspired and challenged by visually representing their personal thoughts and ideas through the medium of photography. Using an integrated approach to learning, learners will plan, develop and produce imaginative photographs.

They will also develop their appreciation of photographic work and practice. The skills that learners acquire by successfully completing the course will be valuable for learning, life and work.

The course allows learners to broaden and deepen their skills base, and to widen their horizons regarding and range of vocations.

The aims of the course are for learners 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 practice
  • Analyse the impact of social and cultural influences on photographers and their work
  • Become critically self-reflective autonomous learners

Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of camera techniques and controls and will investigate and analyse the factors which influence photographers and their work. They will apply their knowledge of light and image formation when creating photographic images. They will use exposure times, composition and framing in creatively for photographic effect, organise their files and output their photographic images.

Learners will explore and experiment with using a variety of photographic techniques, technology and processes. They will use their understanding of the social and cultural interplay between photographers and society when developing their own personal, creative approaches to photography. They will plan, produce and present photographic images in different styles and genres.

How will learners be assessed?

Project: Worth 100 marks (77%)

The learner will develop and extend the skills and knowledge developed in the course. They will be assessed through a project. The project will include opportunities for learners’ personalisation and choice. It will include researching and producing photographs. Learners will also evaluate their photographic work.

Question paper: Worth 30 marks (23%)

The question paper will assess candidates on their knowledge and understanding of photography from different genres and styles. The question paper will also sample more broadly from across the course and assess candidates on a wider range of knowledge and understanding than can be demonstrated in individual projects. This will include properties of light and image formation, and the use of camera controls and photographic processes for specific effect.

Homework

Learners should devote time out with school hours to building a personal collection of photographs related to their chosen theme. It is generally outside school that candidates will find appropriate inspirational material, and large collections can be built relatively easily. Learners will need to study written notes and complete written work in preparation for the Question Paper.


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Wider Achievement

We also offer a number of extra-curricular and supported study experiences for our learners in S1 – S6, including lunchtime Art and Design clubs. Supported study is available at lunchtimes and after school in a drop in basis for all pupils following SQA courses.


Careers

Careers in Creative Industries
While you might have heard that becoming an Architect, Fashion Designer, Product Designer, Fine Artist or Sculptor is an option for those who study Art or Design, there are many other careers available for those who are able to envision, design and create beautiful things.

How useful is studying Art and Design/Photography if I don’t want to pursue a career in creative industry?
The confidence and creativity gained from creative study play a pivotal role in developing the key skills every employer craves: problem solving, analysis, innovation, teamwork. Many careers require the ingenuity, discipline, tenacity and creativity that are intrinsic to Art and Design.
Consider the fine motor skills and manual dexterity required to be successful as a Surgeon, a Dentist, an Electrician, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon! It’s not only our creative industries that benefit from studying Art and Design, pupils wanting to study engineering, medicine and science can greatly benefit from this! By widening learners curriculum to include creative subjects and studying Art and Design parallel with other subjects enhances the creative awareness required to be successful in all career routes.