Higher Art & Design

The course provides a broad, investigative and practical experience of art and design. Creativity is the key focus. Candidates develop knowledge of art and design practice by studying artists and designers and their work. They also develop an understanding of expressive art and design processes and gain related skills. The course provides opportunities for candidates to be inspired and creatively challenged as they communicate their personal thoughts, ideas and feelings through their work.

Who is this course for?

The course is a broad-based qualification. It is suitable for candidates with an interest in art and design and for those who would like to progress to higher levels of study. It allows candidates to consolidate and extend their art and design skills. The course is learner-centred and includes investigative and practical learning opportunities. The learning experiences are flexible and adaptable, with opportunities for personalisation and choice in both expressive and design contexts. This makes the qualification accessible to the needs and aspirations of a diverse range of candidates.

Course Overview

The course has an integrated approach to learning. It combines investigative and practical learning with knowledge and understanding of art and design practice. Candidates develop a range of art and design techniques and complex problem-solving skills.

The course has two areas of study:

Expressive

This part of the course helps candidates to plan, research and develop creative expressive work in response to a theme or stimulus. Candidates develop knowledge and understanding of artists’ working practices and the social, cultural and other influences affecting their work and practice. They respond to a theme or stimulus and produce 2D/3D analytical drawings, studies and investigative research. They use these to produce a single line of development and a final piece. Candidates also reflect on and evaluate their creative process and the visual qualities of their work.

Design

This part of the course helps candidates to plan, research and develop creative design work in response to a design brief. Candidates develop knowledge and understanding of designers’ working practices and the social, cultural and other influences affecting their work and practice. They respond to a design brief and compile a variety of 2D/3D investigative material and market research. They use these to produce a single line of development and a design solution. Candidates also reflect on and evaluate their design process and the aesthetic and functional qualities of their work.

Course Assessment

Question paper - 60 marks

The question paper assesses candidates’ knowledge and understanding of the work and practice of artists and designers, and how social and cultural contexts impact on art and design works

Expressive portfolio - 100 marks

The portfolio assesses candidates’ ability to apply practical art skills and integrate them with their knowledge and understanding of art practice across the course. Throughout the expressive portfolio, candidates have the opportunity to demonstrate skills, knowledge and understanding by:

- responding to their theme/stimulus by producing relevant and focused 2D/3D analytical drawings, studies and investigative research, and using these to produce a single line of development leading to a final piece

- creatively and skilfully using appropriate materials, techniques and/or technology, visual elements and expressive effects

- reflecting on and critically evaluating their creative process and the visual qualities of their portfolio with reference to their theme/stimulus

The expressive portfolio has a total mark allocation of 100 marks. This is 38.5% of the overall marks for the course assessment. 

Design portfolio - 100 marks

The portfolio assesses candidates’ ability to apply practical design skills and integrate them with their knowledge and understanding of design practice across the course. Throughout the design portfolio, candidates have the opportunity to demonstrate skills, knowledge and understanding by:

- responding to their design brief by producing and compiling a variety of relevant and focused 2D/3D investigative material and market research, and using these to produce a single line of development leading to a design solution

- creatively and skilfully using appropriate materials, techniques and/or technology, and demonstrating their understanding of design elements 

- reflecting on and critically evaluating their design process and the aesthetic and functional qualities of their design portfolio with reference to their design brief/design area requirements

The design portfolio has a total mark allocation of 100 marks. This is 38.5% of the overall marks for the course assessment.