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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.