NATIONAL 4 ART & DESIGN
Course title: National 4 Art and Design
SCQF: level 4 (24 SCQF credit points)
Purpose and aims of the Course
The purpose of the Course is to provide a broad practical experience of art and design and related critical activity. The Course provides opportunities for learners to be inspired by experimenting with how they can visually represent their personal thoughts and ideas and create imaginative expressive and design work.
In the Course, learners will experiment with using art and design materials, techniques and/or technology in creative and expressive ways. They will develop their critical thinking skills as they develop and produce their own creative work and develop their understanding of art and design practice.
The aims of the Course are to enable learners to:
♦ communicate personal thoughts, feelings and ideas through the imaginative use of art and design materials, techniques and/or technology
♦ develop knowledge and understanding of art and design practice
♦ plan, develop, produce and present creative art and design work
♦ develop understanding of the social and cultural influences on artists and designers and their work
♦ develop problem solving, critical thinking and reflective practice skills
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.
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
Entry to this Course is at the discretion of the centre. However, learners would normally be expected to have attained the skills and knowledge required by the following or by equivalent qualifications and/or experience:
♦ National 3 Art and Design Course or relevant component Units
♦ National 3 Design and Technology Course or relevant component Units
♦ National 4 Design and Manufacture Course or relevant component Units
This Course or its Units may provide progression to:
♦ other qualifications in art and design
♦ further study, employment and/or training