Art and Design

Art Department Staff

Mrs Lamont (Faculty Head of Creative Arts)
Mrs Mclaren
Mr Forsyth
Mrs Afuakwah



During this phase our aim is to provide our pupils with a broad range of experiences, by introducing them to a variety of aspects of Art and Design. They are given opportunities to develop new skills and to experiment with a wide range of media. The course is comprised of 3 elements – design activity, expressive activity and learning about the work of inspiring artists and designers. Our S1 – S3 course has been carefully designed to prepare pupils who wish to pursue Art and Design into the Senior Phase.


During Senior Phase pupils can study National 4, National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher, progressing through each level as appropriate. Pupils are encouraged to take a more independent approach and can select their own personal themes and areas of study within the Design and Expressive Activities.

All courses involve pupils in Design Activity, Expressive Activity and Art and Design Studies.

The National 4 course is a unit based, internally assessed course.

The National 5 course requires pupils to submit a portfolio of practical design and expressive work (80%) for external assessment and to sit a written exam (20%)

The Higher course requires pupils to submit a portfolio of practical design and expressive work (77%) for external assessment and to sit a written exam (23%)

The Advanced Higher Art and Design Course provides exciting opportunities for learners to further develop their creativity and carry out an in-depth exploration of a theme / context of their own choice, while developing a wide range of skills. Pupils will also learn about relevant art or design practice, studying the work of other artists and designers and applying this knowledge and understanding to their own ideas and contexts.

This course is an ideal platform for pupils planning to progress to higher levels of study, beyond school, or careers in the creative industries, as the portfolio of work created will form the basis of entry portfolios required for a range of creative courses.

Pupils are asked to present a portfolio, exploring either an Expressive or a Design Enquiry. The portfolio has 3 sections,

· Practical art / design work (64%)

· Contextual Analysis (30%)

· Evaluation (6%)

The full portfolio is externally assessed but there is no exam.

All Art and Design courses develops independence, flexibility and decision-making skills, while encouraging resilience.


Higher photography is a subject that is great for both creative and technically minded pupils. It uses the creative skills from Art and Design while also giving pupils a chance to use new

technologies and equipment. As the subject does not have a National 5 qualification pupils are taught how to use a DSLR camera as well as other photography equipment. These are skills that are transferrable to a wide range of jobs and careers.

The Higher consists of a practical folio (77% of final grade) where pupils are given a chance to pick a theme and style of photography to base their final project on. The portfolio consists of 8 photoshoots 8 final images.

Higher Photography also has a final exam (23% of final grade) where pupils are assessed on their knowledge of technical and creative factors related to Photography.

Higher Photography allows pupils to be independent as they use their organisational skills to plan their own photoshoots in and outside of school. It also gives pupils an opportunity to show their creativity as they can decide on whatever kind of Photography they want to pursue.

For anyone interested in Photography, Film & TV, Art and Design, Video Games or any Creative fields Higher Photography is an excellent opportunity to get experience and widen your skills

Art Club

We have an art club running on Tuesday lunchtimes from 12.45 – 1.15. All are welcome to attend.

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