Pupils in S4, S5 and S6 have the opportunity to study for a National 5 qualification in Art and Design. This award includes practical work in both Design and Expressive elements which includes critical analysis. The National 5 Art and Design Course enables learners to plan, develop, produce and present creative art and design work, and to develop their critical understanding of a range of art and design practice. The Course also enables learners to understand the impact of external factors on artists and designers and their works.
The Course consists of two mandatory Units and the Course assessment. Both Units are designed to provide progression to the corresponding Units at Higher.
Art and Design: Expressive (National 5) 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 affecting their work. They will select stimuli and produce analytical drawings and studies. They will develop and refine their expressive ideas and artwork, experimenting with and using a range of materials, techniques and/or technology in 2D and/or 3D formats when responding to their chosen theme.
Art and Design: Design Activity (National 5) 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 design opportunities and work to resolve design issues and constraints. In the Unit, learners will develop critical understanding of designers’ working practices and the main social and cultural influences affecting their work. They will experiment with, develop and refine their design ideas, using a range of materials, techniques and/or technology in 2D and/or 3D formats.
Conditions of Award To gain a Course Award, graded A-D, the learner must pass Units in both Expressive and Design (internally assessed) as well as the Course Assessment (externally assessed) Added Value Units. They must also as sit the National 5 Art and Design written exam (externally assessed).
Examples of some of the Added Value folio work can be seen in the gallery below:
For more information on this course please visit: http://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/47388.html where you can also find examples of past written papers for revision purposes.