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 National 5 Art and Design Course

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.
Course structure
 
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 use a range of art and design materials, techniques and/or technology to develop their own creative art and design work. Learners will use problem solving skills and self-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 two mandatory Units and the Course assessment.
 
Both Units are designed to provide progression to the corresponding Units at Higher.
 
Art and Design: Expressive Activity (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 stimuli.
 
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.
 
Skills, knowledge and understanding
 A broad overview of the mandatory subject skills, knowledge and understanding that will be assessed in the Course is given in this section. These are: 

  • using problem solving, planning and self-evaluation skills within the creative process
  • analysing the impact of social, cultural and other influences on artists’ and designers’ work and practice
  • describing how artists and designers use materials, techniques and/or technology in their work
  • developing and refining a variety of creative ideas for art and design work in 2D and/or 3D formats
  • skills in using a range of art and design materials, techniques and/or technology creatively
  • producing focused investigative visual and market research for a design activity
  • using visual elements expressively, showing a clear understanding of the subject matter
  • producing analytical drawings and related investigative studies in response to stimuli

Unit assessment
The assessment of the Units in this Course will be as follows.
Art and Design: Expressive Activity (National 5)
In this Unit, evidence will be required to show that the learner can produce a range of creative ideas and art work in response to stimuli. Learners will produce analytical drawings, investigative studies and expressive development work showing visual continuity and progressive development of their ideas. Knowledge and understanding of expressive artists and art practice will also be assessed.
 
Art and Design: Design Activity (National 5)
In this Unit, evidence will be required to show that the learner can produce a range of creative ideas in response to a design brief. Learners will produce investigative studies and market research. They will experiment with and use materials, techniques and/or technology when developing and refining their design ideas. Knowledge and understanding of designers and design practice will also be assessed.
 
Course assessment
Courses from National 4 to Advanced Higher include assessment of added value1. At National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher, the added value will be assessed in the Course assessment. The added value for the Course must 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 5 Art and Design Course, added value will focus on:
challenge
application

The learner will draw on, extend and apply the skills they have learned during the
Course. This will be assessed through a portfolio and a question paper.
 
In the portfolio, learners will produce one piece of expressive art work and one design solution. The portfolio will be sufficiently open and flexible to allow for personalisation and choice and will focus on both the process and products of learning.
 
The question paper adds value by requiring integration and application of knowledge and skills from across the Units.