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Calderglen High School

Welcome to Art & Design

Staff

  • Mrs G Martin (Faculty Head) 
  • Mr R Drummond
  • Mr R Galloway 
  • Mrs L Taylor 
  • Ms J Linning 
  • Ms L McPhie 
  • Ms R Gallacher 

Why choose Art & Design?

The ‘Earth’ without ‘art’ is just ‘Eh’!

Artists have influenced our culture, our ways of thinking, our appreciation of beauty itself and have given expression to our inner most thoughts and feelings since the earliest of times. We interact with design every single day whether we realise it or not! From the cutlery we use to eat, to the phone you use, to the websites you enjoy, to the very chair you are sitting in now: everything we interact with has been designed by men and women.

Art & Design provides learners with opportunities to understand and contribute to the world around them.

If you study Art & Design you will continue to acquire and develop the attributes and capabilities of the four capacities as well as skills for learning, skills for life and skills for work. The courses are designed to encourage and challenge pupils to be creative and to express themselves in different ways. Learning through Art and Design helps learners to develop an appreciation of aesthetic and cultural values, identities and ideas. Students will develop their knowledge of Art & Design, practice and practical, media handling skills in both expressive and design contexts. Learners will develop important skills, attitudes and attributes. Learning in this Course will include active involvement in creative activities and the creative use of media, materials and/or technologies.

S1-S2

 

S3 Art & Design

In S3 pupils will follow an Art course as part of a broad general education, covering Level 4 outcomes and experiences. This will include practical and written coursework.  During S3 pupils will also overtake some of the National 4 and National 5 outcomes.

Further details of units and course content can be obtained from:

www.sqa.org.uk/curriculumforexcellence 

 www.sqa.org.uk/cfeforparents 

Assessment of Course 

The course will be assessed and marked throughout the session by teachers. Assessments may include a combination of practical work, case studies, examinations and projects.

Progression 

At the end of S3 pupils will progress to a course leading onto a qualification at National 3, National 4 or National 5.

At the end of S4 pupils could choose from the following progression routes:

  • A pupil achieving National 3 may progress to National 4
  • A pupil achieving National 4 may progress to National 5
  • A pupil achieving National 5 may progress to Higher

Careers with Art & Design

Studying Art and Design opens up a world of career wonderful opportunities.  Career paths include:

  • Architecture, advertising, animation
  • Ceramics, costume design
  • Floristry, Garden design, graphic design
  • Illustration, Interior design
  • Medical illustration publishing, product design
  • Special effects work
  • Textile design, theatre set design
  • Visual merchandising
  • Web site design and many more

Homework

Pupils will be issued with a variety of homework tasks which will include written tasks and drawing assignments which will each engage our students in an observational drawing. In addition to this, pupils may be set an individual task by their classroom teacher that builds upon their own course work. Daily practice is encouraged to perfect assignment submissions.  Our Art & Design students will be expected to use the art studios at lunchtimes and after school to ensure that their work is of a high standard.

Folio tasks:

  • Research assignments
  • Revision for internal assessments
  • Revision for external assessment at National 5


Equipment

Learners are encouraged to come to class with their own basic drawing materials i.e. Pencils of different Grades (hard to soft), rubber, hand writing pen & colouring pencils. Students will be given an A1 or A2 waterproof folder to transport their work home. Any specialised materials required for the course will be supplied.

Higher Art & Design

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The Course consists of two mandatory Units (Expressive & Design), and a written Critical Studies exam paper. assessment.Both units and the exam paper 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 affecting their work. They will select stimuli and produce investigative 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 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 affecting 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

Art & Design: Critical Studies - Exam Paper (Higher)

The question paper assesses candidates’ knowledge and understanding of the work and practice of artists and designers, and how social and cultural contexts impact on art and design works. The question paper also aims to develop their cultural knowledge and nurture a greater understanding of art & design in historical and contemporary contexts. 


Course assessment

The course assessment meets the key purposes and aims of the course by addressing -

  • Breadth - Drawing on knowledge and skills from across the course and from their time in the Art dept throughout BGE and S4. 
  • Challenge - Requiring greater depth or extension of knowledge and/or skills developed through their experiences in the Art dept.
  • Application - requiring application of knowledge/skills in practical and/or theoretical and cultural contexts as appropriate

This enables candidates to -

  • produce a portfolio of expressive artwork with a selection of relevant 2D/3D analytical drawings, studies and investigative research, and showing the development of one idea leading to an expressive final piece 
  • produce a portfolio of design work with a selection of relevant 2D/3D investigative material and market research, and showing the development of one idea leading to a design solution
  • demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of art and design practice in an extended-response format in a question paper


Careers with Art & Design

Studying Art and Design opens up a world of career opportunities. Career paths include:

  • Architecture 
  • Animations
  • Ceramics, Costume design
  • Fashion Design
  • Graphic design
  • Illustration,
  • Interior & Spatial Design
  • Media, Film/TV
  • Medical illustration publishing, product design
  • Special effects work
  • Textile design, theatre set design
  • Visual merchandising
  • Web site design and many more

Homework

Pupils will be issued with a variety of homework tasks which will include written tasks and drawing assignments which will each engage our students in observational drawings etc. In addition to this, students may be set individual tasks by their classroom teacher that builds upon their own course work. On the Higher and Advanced Higher courses this may be every week. The homework will be based on their course work or when nearer the exams it will be revision based.

Higher Photography

Photography helps people to see.

Berenice Abbott (Photographer)

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Purpose and Aims

The course encourages pupils to be inspired and challenged by visually representing their personal thoughts and ideas through the medium of photography.

 
The aims of the course are for candidates to:

  • communicate personal thoughts, feelings and ideas using photography
  • develop technical and creative skills through using photographic media, techniques and processes
  • develop knowledge and understanding of a range of photographic practices
  • develop skills in problem solving, critical thinking and reflective practice
  • develop an understanding of the impact of social, cultural, historical, and scientific influences on photographers’ work and practice
  • become critically self-reflective autonomous learners

Recommended entry

Entry to this Course is at the discretion of the Art and Design department. However, learners would normally be expected to have attained the skills, knowledge and understanding required by the following or equivalent qualifications and/or experience:

  • Successful completion of S3 Photography Masterclass
  • National 5 Art and Design Course

Course Content

Pupils learn how to plan and carry out practical photographic work. They investigate selected photographers’ work and practice and explain how external influences impact on these. They use this understanding of photographers and their work when developing their own personal approaches to photography. They learn and apply a range of image-making techniques. Candidates develop their creative problem-solving skills as they resolve visual and technical problems. They also reflect on and evaluate the effectiveness of their practice and the qualities of their photographic work.

 

Skills, knowledge and understanding for the course

The following provides a broad overview of the subject skills, knowledge and understanding developed in the course:

  • applying knowledge and understanding of the properties of light and image formation
  • applying knowledge and understanding of camera controls and a range of photographic techniques and processes
  • investigating and analysing the major historical, scientific, social, and cultural factors influencing photographers and their work
  • producing investigative research for photography, and planning, shooting, printing and developing photographs
  • exploring and experimenting with a range of photographic media, manipulation techniques and processes
  • producing and presenting creative and technically proficient photographs
  • effectively managing and storing photographic images
  • critical self-reflecting and evaluating by candidates of their work and practice, and the photographic work of others

 

Pupils must plan and carry out a selected photography project. They research and investigate their project topic. Drawing on this material, they develop their own creative response by carrying out practical photographic work. From this development work, pupils select and present a series of 12 images which communicate the project topic. Pupils also evaluate the effectiveness of their photographic work and practice.

 

Assessment Arrangements

The course assessment has two components:

Component

Marks

Duration

Component 1: question paper

30

1 hour

Component 2: project

100

Pupils will generally work on this during the months of January - April

 

Question Paper

The question paper assesses candidates’ knowledge and understanding of photographic work and practice.

The question paper has a total mark allocation of 30 marks. This is 23% of the overall marks for the course assessment.

The question paper has two sections.

Project        

The project provides an opportunity for candidates to demonstrate the skills listed in the ‘Skills, knowledge and understanding for the course assessment’ table in this document. The total marks available for each section are as follows:

Section 1 — planning, research and investigation 20 marks

Section 2 — development and production 70 marks

Section 3 — evaluation 10 marks

The project has a total mark allocation of 100 marks. This is 77% of the overall marks for the course assessment.

 

Homework

Homework will be given to students through a wide range of activities e.g. photographic assignments to help reinforce the learning in the classroom. In addition to this, students may be set individual tasks by their classroom teacher that builds upon their own course work.

Homework is an integral feature of the course and may be issued on a weekly basis throughout the session. Much of the work for the Course Assessment in particular will have to be completed outwith School time.

*Please note: students must provide a USB memory stick and memory card in order to store their digital files and shoot with respectively.

Progression

This course or its units may provide progression to:

  • other qualifications in Photography, Art and Design or related areas
  • further study, employment and/or training

 

Careers in Photography

A qualification in photography provides you with both technical and transferable skills that could lead to a range of careers in the creative industries.

This course is especially useful for the following careers (employed and self-employed):

  • Advertising and Commercial Photography
  • Architecture Photography
  • Fashion Photography
  • Food Photography
  • Forensic Photography
  • Fine Art Photography
  • Photojournalism
  • Portrait Photography
  • Product Photography
  • Sports Photography
  • Wedding Photography

 

Other related careers include:

  • Creative Arts and Design
  • Marketing/Advertising/PR
  • Media and internet
  • Television/Film/Video 

Advanced Higher Art & Design

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The Advanced Higher – Design or Expressive qualification develops learners' aesthetic understanding, creativity and awareness of Design or Expressive Arts. It encourages candidates to use a range of media and technology to respond to their environment. It promotes creative thinking, independent thought and problem solving.

Learners will gain the ability to think creatively and independently through an intensive study within a chosen area. They will develop their skills in visual perception, observation and investigation, through research in response to a design brief, or as part of an in-depth expressive arts project. This will reinforce their skills in handling materials, techniques and processes. They will be able to make informed analytical and critical evaluations.

 

Course Assessment

  • 1500 Word written report
  • Folio of work

Both assessed by SQA

There is no written exam for Advanced Higher Art