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The school offers Art and Design at the following SQA levels with Photography at Higher.

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S1 -S3

The Art and Design course in S1 and S2 is skills based where pupils will have a wide range of art experiences. These include:

  • The visual elements
  • Observation skills
  • 2 and 3D artwork
  • Drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Clay sculpture

The Third Year lays the foundation for the National courses to be sat in Fourth Year. The course outlines and goals are very similar.

Homework for S1-S3 pupils

Throughout the year pupils will be issued a minimum of eight homework tasks. This applies to all S1-S3 classes in the Art & Design Department. The activities will help enhance the following skills; creating, presenting, evaluating and appreciating. Each homework issued will specifically focus on one of the following areas.

Creating:

  • Produce an accurated drawing from direct observation
  • Using media, techniques and visual elements to create a detailed drawing that shows the visual qualities of the object(s)
  • Create realistic form by applying a combination of technical concepts such as ellipses

Presenting:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of how visual elements can create effect, mood and atmosphere

Evaluating and Appreciating

  • Analyse a piece of work and show an understanding of how the artist or designer has conveyed the idea
  • Comment constructively on your own and other's work

 

 

 

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National 4 and National 5

The National 4 Art and Design Course enables learners to plan, develop, produce and present creative art and design work, and to develop an understanding of the social and cultural influences on the works of artists and designers. National also further develop their critical understanding of a range of art and design practice and the external factors on artists and designers and their work. National 4 is assessed internally and National 5 has a final exam that is externally marked.

Course Outline

  • The Expressive unit involves selection of a theme that is then explored through drawings from first-hand sources, developing media – handling skills leading to development of personal ideas.   A two or three-dimensional expressive outcome is produced which explores the personal thoughts, feelings and ideas of the student.
  • The Design unit involves identifying and investigating the constraints of the design brief, researching and resourcing to allow a range of possible solutions to be developed.  Selecting, producing and evaluating a solution.
  • The old Art and Design Studies is integrated into the course as Critical Studies.

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Higher

The Higher Art and Design Course enables learners to communicate personal thoughts, feelings and ideas through the creative use of art and design materials, techniques and/or technology.

Learners analyse a range of art and design practice and critically reflect on the impact of external factors on artists, designers and their work. They plan, develop, produce and present creative art and design work, develop personal creativity, and use problem solving, critical thinking and reflective practice skills.

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Advanced Higher

The Advanced Higher Art and Design (Design) Course provides opportunities for learners to develop their creativity and to apply their understanding of design practice, function and aesthetics. This involves exploring and researching challenging design contexts, issues and opportunities, and evaluating and synthesising visual stimuli and other information from a variety of sources.

The Advanced Higher Art and Design (Expressive) Course provides opportunities for learners to develop their creativity, visual awareness and aesthetic understanding while exploring how to communicate their personal thoughts, ideas and opinions through their expressive artwork. This involves visually exploring and responding in an individual way to their stimuli, researching challenging expressive art contexts and the ways that artists respond creatively to stimuli, and evaluating and synthesising visual and other information from a variety of sources.

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Higher Photography

The Higher Photography Course enables learners to communicate personal thoughts, feelings and ideas using photography, and to develop technical and creative skills in using photographic media, techniques and processes.

Learners develop knowledge and understanding of a range of photography practice, and analyse the impact of social and cultural influences on photographers and their work.

Photography: Image Making (Higher)

In this Unit, 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.

Photography: Contextual Imagery (Higher)

In this Unit, 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.

Course Assessment will be through a research project. In the project, learners will develop and extend the skills and knowledge developed in the Course. The project will be open and will include opportunities for learners’ personalisation and choice. It will include researching and producing photographs. Learners will also evaluate their photographic work.

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