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.