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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.