Visual communication is an important part of our daily lives, offering us ways of seeing, expressing and handling information. Drawing is an essential part of visual communication and is used every day in a variety of different vocations from; Medicine and Engineering to Advertising and Architecture. Decision making, expressing feelings and understanding Art terminology are central to this course which should intellectually stimulate pupils while encouraging awareness as consumers of the Visual Arts in our daily lives.
NATIONAL 5 – The National 5 Art and Design Course enables learners to plan, develop, produce and present creative art and design work, and to develop their critical understanding of a range of art and design practice. The Course also enables learners to understand the impact of external factors on artists and designers and their works.
NATIONAL 4 – 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.
The course has two compulsory units Art and Design: Expressive Activity and Art and Design: Design Activity, plus an added value unit that assesses your practical skills Added Value Unit: Art and Design Practical Activity. For more information on National 4 Art and Design please see here.
NATIONAL 3 –
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.
AH (Expressive) – 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.
AH (Design) – 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.