Art and Design Higher
The Course has an integrated approach to learning, and includes a mix of practical learning and analysis of art and design practice.
In the Course learners will draw upon their detailed understanding of art and design work and practice as they experiment with using a range of selected art and design materials, techniques and/or technology to develop their own creative ideas. Learners will develop a range of complex problem solving skills, and a critical understanding of the impact of social, cultural and other external factors on artists’ and designers’ work and practice.
The aims of the Course are to enable learners 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 practice and 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
The Course consists of two mandatory Units, and the Course assessment. The units are -
Art and Design: Expressive Activity (Higher)
This Unit helps learners to develop their personal thoughts and ideas in visual form. In the Unit, learners will develop critical understanding of artists’ working practices and the social and cultural influences affecting their work. 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.
Design Activity (Higher)
In this Unit 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. In the Unit, learners will develop critical understanding of designers’ working practices and the social and cultural influences affecting their work. 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.
All Units are internally assessed. They will be assessed on a pass/fail basis within School. SQA will provide rigorous external quality assurance, including external verification, to ensure assessment judgments are consistent and meet national standards.
Both Units are designed to provide progression to the related Units at Advanced Higher.
Skills, knowledge and understanding
producing analytical drawings and investigative studies in response to stimuliThis includes:
- using visual elements expressively, showing clear understanding of the subject matter
- producing focused investigative studies and market research for a complex design activity
- skills in using a range of art and design materials, techniques and/or technology creatively and expressively
- developing and progressively refining a variety of personal and creative ideas for art and design work in 2D and/or 3D formats
- analysing and critically reflecting on artists’ and designers’ use of materials, techniques and/or technology
- analysing the impact of social, cultural and other influences on artists’ and designers’ work and practice
- using a range of complex problem solving, planning and self-evaluation skills within the creative process
- The learner will draw on, extend and apply the skills they have learned during the Course. This will be assessed through a portfolio and a question paper
In the portfolio, learners will produce one piece of expressive art work and one design solution. The portfolio 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 of skills, knowledge and understanding of art and design practice from across the Units.
Course assessment structure
Component 1 — portfolio - 160 marks
Component 2 — question paper - 60 marks
Total marks - 220 marks
Homework is an essential part of the course and may take the form of objective drawing, research and investigation of a personal theme, collecting stimulus material to support a personal study or art and design essays.
Pupils can continue their studies at Advanced Higher level with a view to following a career in the subject. All Art and Design courses require the submission of a folio of work with an emphasis on objective drawing skills and this can be prepared as part of an Advanced Higher course. An extra-curricular figure drawing class is also available for this purpose. It should also be noted that Higher Grade Art and Design is a recognized University entrance qualification.
These include; Architect and environmental designer, Graphic Designer, Game and web based designer, Jeweller, Illustrator, Textile Designer, Artist, Animator, Photographer, Sculptor, Interior Designer, Fashion Designer, Industrial designer, Product Designer, Teacher, Fine Art Curator, Set Designer, .
For further information please contact - Mrs S. Kelly, PT Art and Design.