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National 5 Art & Design

Art and Design is a practical, hands-on subject that develops creativity and imagination, and artistic skills. Pupils learn how to use a range of art and design materials and techniques, produce analytical drawings and carry out investigative studies. They will learn the skills involved in planning, producing and presenting art and design work. In addition to this, they will also find out how artists and designers work, and how factors like their environment and culture have an impact on their work.

The course comprises of two areas of study.

Expressive

This part of the course helps learners to plan, research and develop creative expressive work in response to a theme/stimulus. Learners will:

  • develop knowledge and understanding of artists’ working practices and the social, cultural and other influences affecting their work and practice
  • select a theme/stimulus and produce 2D/3D analytical drawings, studies and investigative research, and use this to produce a single line of development leading to a final piece
  • reflect on and evaluate their creative process and the visual qualities of their work

Design

This part of the course helps learners plan, research and develop creative design work in response to a design brief. Learners will:

  • develop knowledge and understanding of designers’ working practices and the social, cultural and other influences affecting their work and practice
  • select a design brief and compile a variety of 2D/3D investigative material and market research, and use this to produce a single line of development leading to a design solution
  • reflect on and evaluate their creative process and the aesthetic and functional qualities of their work.

How will learners be assessed?

The course assessment has three components totalling 250 marks:

  • Component 1: question paper (2 sections) – worth 50 marks (25 marks for each section)
  • Component 2: expressive portfolio – worth 100 marks
  • Component 3: design portfolio – worth 100 marks.

The portfolio components are set by the Art and Design Department and the examination question paper is set by the SQA. Both components will be externally marked by SQA.

The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across all course assessment components.

The course assessment is graded A-D.