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Art & Design

Course Level:  National 4

The Course is practical and experiential and the key focus is creativity. The Course combines developing knowledge and understanding of artists and designers and their work, with practical learning experiences in both expressive and design contexts.

The Art and Design course consists of 3 mandatory units including the Added Value Unit.

Expressive Activity For this Unit, evidence will be required to show that the learner can produce observational drawings, studies and expressive development work in 2D and/or 3D formats in response to given stimuli. Knowledge and understanding of expressive artists and art practice will also be assessed.

Design Activity In this Unit, evidence will be required to show that the learner can produce creative ideas in response to a given design brief. Learners will produce investigative studies and market research and will use this to develop their design ideas. Knowledge and understanding of designers and design practice will also be assessed.

Added Value Unit - Practical Activity This will be assessed through a practical activity, which involves producing one piece of expressive art and one piece of design work. The practical activity will be sufficiently open and flexible to allow for personalisation and choice and will focus on both the process and products of learning.

Course Level:  National 5

Expressive Activity In this Unit, evidence will be required to show that the learner can produce a range of creative ideas and art work in response to stimuli. Learners will produce analytical drawings, investigative studies and expressive development work showing visual continuity and progressive development of their ideas. Knowledge and understanding of expressive artists and art practice will also be assessed.

Design Activity In this Unit, evidence will be required to show that the learner can produce a range of creative ideas in response to a design brief. Learners will produce investigative studies and market research. They will experiment with and use materials, techniques and/or technology when developing and refining their design ideas. Knowledge and understanding of designers and design practice will also be assessed.

Course Assessment 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 knowledge and skills from across the Units

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