N5 Art & Design

The purpose of the National 5 Art and Design course is to provide a broad, investigative and practical experience of art and design. Creativity is the key focus of the course. Candidates develop knowledge of art and design practice by studying artists and designers and their work. They also develop an understanding of expressive and design processes and accumulate and use a selection of related skills. The course provides opportunities for candidates to be inspired and creatively challenged through their work.

Who is this course for?

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

N5 Course overview 

The course integrates investigative and practical learning, and knowledge and understanding of art and design practice. In the course, candidates draw upon their understanding of artists’ and designers’ work and practice. They follow art and design processes to develop their own creative work. They also reflect on and evaluate their creative processes and the qualities of their expressive and design portfolios.

The course comprises two areas of study:

Expressive

This part of the course helps candidates plan, research and develop creative expressive work in response to a theme/stimulus. Candidates develop knowledge and understanding of artists’ working practices and the social, cultural and other influences affecting their work and practice. They 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. Candidates reflect on and evaluate their creative process and the visual qualities of their work.

Design

This part of the course helps candidates 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 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. Candidates reflect on and evaluate their creative process and the aesthetic and functional qualities of their work. Version 2.0 4 Skills, knowledge and understanding 

Course Assessment (National 5)

Question paper - 50 marks

The purpose of the question paper is to assess candidates’ knowledge and understanding of art and design practice and issues. The questions are designed to test candidates’ ability to:

- comment on art and design work and critically respond to unseen prompts and images

- demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the impact of social, cultural and/or other influences on artists’ and designers’ work and practice - give justified opinions on identified aspects of art and design practice and issues

The question paper has 50 marks (20% of the total mark) and has two sections which are equally weighted.

Expressive portfolio -100 marks

The purpose of this portfolio is to assess candidates’ ability to integrate and apply practical art skills and their knowledge and understanding of art practice across the course. Throughout the portfolio, candidates have the opportunity to demonstrate skills, knowledge and understanding by:

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

- using a selection of materials, techniques and/or technology, visual elements and expressive effects

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

The expressive portfolio has 100 marks (40% of the total mark).

Design portfolio - 100 marks

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

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

- using a selection of materials, techniques and/or technology, and demonstrating their understanding of design elements

- reflecting on and evaluating their creative process and the aesthetic and functional qualities of their design portfolio with reference to their design brief requirements The design portfolio has 100 marks (40% of the total mark). 

 

N4 Course overview 

The Course has an integrated approach to learning, and includes a mix of practical learning and knowledge and understanding of art and design practice. In the Course learners will draw upon their understanding of the main factors influencing artists and designers work and practice. They will experiment with and explore how to use art and design materials, techniques and/or technology to develop their art and design work. Learners will use problem solving skills and reflect on their creative choices and decisions when developing their creative ideas. Units are statements of standards for assessment and not programmes of learning and teaching. They can be delivered in a number of ways.

The Course consists of three mandatory Units, including the Added Value Unit. Each of the component Units of the Course is designed to provide progression to the corresponding Units at National 5.

Art and Design: Expressive Activity (National 4) 

This Unit helps learners to develop an understanding of the factors that influence and inspire artists’ work. They will also consider how artists use art materials, techniques and/or technology in their work. Learners will research and develop their personal thoughts and ideas in 2D and/or 3D formats in response to given stimuli. They will produce observational drawings and studies and develop their expressive ideas and compositions by experimenting with and using art materials, techniques and/or technology in creative and expressive ways.

Art and Design: Design Activity (National 4)

This Unit helps learners to plan, research and develop creative design ideas in response to a given brief. Learners will develop their creativity and problem-solving skills as they consider the design opportunities, issues and constraints of the brief. They will develop their understanding of designers’ working practices and the factors that inspire and influence their work. They will also experiment with and develop media handling skills when producing their design ideas in 2D and/or 3D formats.

Art and Design Practical Activity (National 4)

This Unit adds value by introducing challenge and application. In the Art and Design Practical Activity, learners will draw on and extend their knowledge, and apply practical skills when producing art and 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. They will develop problem-solving and reflective practice skills in the context of their expressive and design work.

Added Value Unit: Art and Design Practical Activity (National 4)

Courses from National 4 to Advanced Higher include assessment of added value1 . At National 4, added value will be assessed in an Added Value Unit. The Added Value Unit will address the key purposes and aims of the Course as defined in the Course Rationale. It will do this by addressing one or more of breadth, challenge and application. In the National 4 Art and Design Course, the Added Value Unit will focus on challenge and application. Learners will draw on, extend and apply the skills they have learned during the Course. This will be assessed through a practical activity2 , 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

 

SQA Useful Links

National 4 in a Nutshell

National 5 in a Nutshell

SQA N4/5 documents 

 

Study Links

General Art & Design

http://uk.pinterest.com/islayhigh

http://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums

http://www.vam.ac.uk

http://www.britishmuseum.org

 

Design

http://design.designmuseum.org/design/page76481

https://designmuseum.org/

http://www.designcouncil.org.uk

http://www.designboom.com

http://www.partfaliaz.com

http://www.craftscouncil.org.uk

 

Expressive

http://www.npg.org.uk

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk

https://www.nationalgalleries.org/

http://www.saatchigallery.com

http://www.moma.org

https://www.centrepompidou.fr/en

http://www.guggenheim.org

http://www.artcyclopedia.com

http://www.tate.org.uk

http://www.barbican.org.uk