N6 Higher ART & DESIGN
Course title: Higher Art and Design
SCQF: level 6 (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 and creatively challenged as they explore how to visually represent and communicate their personal thoughts, ideas and feelings through their work.
Learners will analyse the factors influencing artists’ and designers’ work and practice. They will use this understanding when developing and producing their own creative and personal expressive art and design work.
The skills that learners gain by successfully completing the Course will be valuable for learning, life and work. Learners will investigate and analyse how artists and designers have used materials, techniques and/or technology in their work. Learners will then experiment, using art and design materials, techniques and/or technology to develop their ideas for creative and expressive impact.
They will develop creativity and complex problem solving skills when experimenting with materials, techniques and/or technology and experiment with different ways to realise their creative ideas. Learners will also develop their critical thinking and reflective skills when reviewing and refining their work.
The aims of the Course are to enable learners to:
♦ communicate personal thoughts, feelings and ideas through the creative use of art and design materials, techniques and/or technology
♦ analyse a range of art and design practice and critically reflect on the impact of external factors on artists and designers and their work
♦ plan, develop, produce and present creative art and design work
♦ develop personal creativity, using problem solving, critical thinking and reflective practice skills
In the Course learners will draw upon their detailed understanding of art and design work and practice as they experiment with using a range of selected art and design materials, techniques and/or technology to develop their own creative ideas. Learners will develop a range of complex problem solving skills, and a critical understanding of the impact of social, cultural and other external factors on artists’ and designers’ work and practice.
The Course consists of two mandatory Units, and the Course assessment.
Both Units are designed to provide progression to the related Units at Advanced Higher.
Art and Design: Expressive Activity (Higher)
This Unit helps learners to develop their personal thoughts and ideas in visual form. In the Unit, learners 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.
Art and Design: Design Activity (Higher)
In this Unit learners 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, learners 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.
Entry to this Course is at the discretion of the centre. However, learners would normally be expected to have attained the skills, knowledge and understanding required by the following or equivalent qualifications and/or experience:
♦ National 5 Art and Design Course or relevant component Units
♦ The department would also recommend learners have N5 English.
This Course or its Units may provide progression to:
♦ other qualifications in art and design or related areas
♦ further study, employment and/or training