Here is the course outline that all S5/6 students will follow. There are also links to deadlines, SQA materials, past papers and study materials. Each area has a separate page with more details and visuals.
Course Outline Pupils are required to successfully complete 3 unit assessments as follows:
Expressive Activity– Learners will carry out practical activities building a portfolio of expressive art work on a single theme. They will work in a range of materials to demonstrate a breadth of skills.
Design Activity – Learners will work to meet the needs of a design brief, problem solving and demonstrating practical and creative thinking skills in the creation of a body of body within a portfolio.
Art and Design Studies – Learners will undertake the study of artists and designers gaining knowledge and understanding of specific works. Learners will develop their analytical and evaluative skills and be able to use these to respond to new and unknown pieces of fine art and design. External course assessment consists of two parts:
A formal written examination marked externally by the SQA. – 60 marks
The submission of Design and Expressive folios of work for external assessment by the SQA. – 100 marks each with a total of 260 marks for practical work with written evaluations.
This Unit helps students to develop their personal thoughts and ideas in visual form. In the Unit, students will develop critical understanding of artists’ working practices and the social and cultural influences impacting their work. They will select stimuli and produce investigative drawings and studies. They will develop and refine their expressive ideas and art work, experimenting with and using a range of materials, techniques and/or technology in 2D and/or 3D formats in response to the stimuli.
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In this Unit students 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, students will develop critical understanding of designers’ working practices and the social and cultural influences impacting 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.
Critical evaluation and historical studies in the visual arts and design will be of importance at this level. These will be dealt with, to a large extent, within the themes chosen for practical activities. Opportunities will exist for students to select and investigate areas of the visual arts and design which are of personal interest. Students will be able to communicate well supported personal judgements using appropriate vocabulary.
Below are links to Past papers. The format of the written exam has now changed however. Please see the critical page for more info on the new format and questions.