Art, Design & Food Technology

Department Aims

The Art, Design and Food Technology aims to provide a learning environment which takes into consideration the needs, aptitudes and aspirations of all pupils.

We aim to deliver meaningful and relevant courses which challenges all pupils and which all pupils find stimulating and demanding:  This includes:

  • promoting a commitment to lifelong learning
  • increasing subject specific knowledge and understanding
  • developing enterprising skills and attitudes
  • stimulating curiosity and creativity
  • developing practical and organisational skills
  • building skills in use of technology
  • challenging and supporting pupils to achieve their potential
  • encouraging confidence, perseverance  and resilience.

Staff

Mrs G Catterson (Acting Principal Teacher)
Mrs A Azeem (Principal Teacher Pupil Support)
Miss J Harvey (Principal Teacher Pupil Support)
Mrs I Cartwright
Miss H Young
Miss J Carson (Probationer)                                                                                                                                                Mr E Mcharg (Probationer)

 

 

 

Accommodation

 

2 x food preparation rooms

5 x Art & Design rooms

1 x textiles room

3 x computer suites

1 x photography studio

1 Advanced Higher area

 

 

Courses

 

S1 Art & Design

S1 Textiles Technology

S2/3 Art & Design

S2/3 Fashion & Textiles Technology

S2/3 Digital Media

N4/5 Practical Hospitality

N4/5 Art & Design

N5 Creative Industries

Level 4/5 National Progression Award Photography

Level 5/6 National Progression Award Digital Media

Higher Art & Design

Higher Photography

Advanced Higher Expressive Art

Advanced Higher Design

 

 

Course Information

 

S1 Art & Design

The course covers an aspect of Expressive Arts within the Broad General Education.  It is designed to be accessible to all pupils.  Practical activities are delivered in Expressive Art and Design. Pupils also learn about Art & Design practice in Critical Studies. The aims of the course are to:

 

  • give pupils opportunities  for creativity and self-expression
  • develop skills in using a variety of media and techniques
  • develop an understanding of the creative process and design process
  • allow pupils to use technology, including ICT, for creative effect
  • develop an appreciation of artists’ and designers’ work
  • develop an understanding of cultural factors which influence the work of artists and designers.
  • develop skills in critical analysis and to enable pupils to build up a range of vocabulary to enable pupils to express their thoughts and opinions
  • develop evaluation skills
  • encourage confidence, perseverance and independence.

 

Assessment – Pupil learning is assessed through completion of a series of practical activities and end of Unit assessments throughout the course.

 

 

S1 Textiles Technology

This course covers an aspect of Technologies within the Broad General Education.  The course introduces pupils to a number of textile techniques and processes.   Pupils complete a series of interesting Craft Skills and Design & Make projects.  The aims of the course are to:

 

  • develop planning and organisational skills
  • develop skills in using tools, equipment, software and materials
  • encourage creativity and innovation
  • give pupils opportunities for collaborative working
  • develop some understanding of the role and impact of textile technologies in society
  • enable pupils to become informed consumers and to be capable of making reasoned choices relating to the environment and sustainability
  • develop some understanding of ethical, economic and cultural issues relating to textiles
  • develop evaluation skills.

 

Assessment – Pupil learning is assessed through completion of a series of practical activities and end of Unit assessments throughout the course.

 

 

S2/3 Art & Design

The course is delivered through a series of practical Expressive Art and Design activities.  Pupils also learn about the work of artists and designers.  The aims of the course are to enable pupils to:-

 

  • work imaginatively and develop individual creativity
  • explore and develop thoughts and ideas to create practical art and design work
  • experiment with media, equipment and materials to develop creative techniques
  • communicate thoughts, meaning and ideas
  • demonstrate skills in using media, materials and
    techniques
  • demonstrate knowledge, understanding and appreciation of art and design practice using contemporary and historical contexts
  • demonstrate skills in problem solving, critical thinking and reflective practice
  • engage with new media and technology
  • consider social and cultural influences
  • develop an appreciation of art and design practice
  • develop their critical thinking skills

 

 

Assessment – Pupil learning is assessed through a series of practical activities throughout the course.

Pupils also complete end of unit assessments to test their knowledge and understanding of related theory. Towards the end of the course, pupils will complete a practical exam and a question paper.

 

 

S2/3 Fashion & Textiles Technology

The course is delivered through a series of practical projects.  The aims of the course are to enable pupils to:

  • develop practical skills and textile construction techniques to plan and make straightforward fashion/textile items
  • understand safe use of tools and equipment
  • develop knowledge of textile properties and characteristics
  • develop knowledge of a range of factors that influence fashion/textile choices
  • develop basic investigation and evaluation skills

 

Assessment – Pupil learning is assessed through a series of practical activities throughout the course.

Pupils also complete end of unit assessments to test their knowledge and understanding of related theory.  Towards the end of the course, pupils will complete a practical exam and graded project.

 

 

S2/3 Digital Media

The course is delivered through a series of photography, animation, graphic design and film-making projects.  Pupils will learn to:

 

•             use digital media technologies to create photography, graphics and web content

•             manage files and folders effectively within a digital environment

•             manage workflow using appropriate software

•             enhance images using digital manipulation software

•             understand key issues relating to photography and digital media.

•             use skills and creativity to produce original graphics, photography, animation, moving image and web content

•             select, plan and develop personal projects 

•             develop and communicate imaginative and original digital media solutions

•             analyse photography and digital media techniques, processes and concepts

•             understand and explain social and cultural factors which impact on photography and digital media.

 

Assessment – Pupil learning is assessed through a series of practical activities throughout the course.

Pupils also complete end of unit assessments to test their knowledge and understanding of related theory. Towards the end of the course, pupils will complete a graded project.

 

 

N4/5 Practical Hospitality

This course is also suitable pupils who have a keen interest in food preparation and who would like to develop important life skills in cooking.  Work is mainly practical.  Three Units are covered:

COOKERY SKILLS TECHNIQUES and PROCESSES

UNDERSTANDING and USING INGREDIENTS

ORGANISATIONAL SKILLS for COOKING

Assessment - The course is assessed through a PRACTICAL ASSIGNMENT which involves planning and making a meal.

 

 

N4/5 Art & Design

Two Units are covered:

EXPRESSIVE ART with ART STUDIES – drawing and painting folio and investigation in to the work of selected artists

DESIGN with DESIGN STUDIES – design folio produced in response to a design brief and investigation into the work of selected designers

Assessment – N4 Portfolios and Critical Studies are are internally assessed.

N5 Design and Expressive PORTFOLIOS are sent to SQA for external assessment.

N5 pupils sit a QUESTION PAPER which involves writing extended responses (essays).  The duration is 1 hour 10 minutes.

 

Level 4/5 National Progression Award Photography

This is a wider achievement course, delivered in two periods per week.  It is mainly creative and practical in nature.

 

Pupils will learn about different types of photography through a series of practical tasks where they will take photographs of different subjects in different styles. The course has four Units:

UNDERSTANDING PHOTOGRAPHS

PHOTOGRAPHING PEOPLE

PHOTOGRAPHING PLACES

WORKING with PHOTOGRAPHS

 

Pupils are able to respond to project topics in a way which reflects their own personal interests and abilities.

Assessment – A National Progression Award is achieved on successful completion the Units.

 

Level 5/6 National Progression Award Digital Media

In the Level 5 course, three units are covered:

Art & Design: ANIMATION SKILLS

Art & Design: DIGITAL VIDEO SKILLS

Art & Design: WEB CONTENT

 

Assessment – Assessments are project based.  A pass is awarded on successful completion of the projects.

 

In the Level 6 course, three units are covered:

Art & Design: ANIMATION PROJECT

Art & Design: VIDEO PROJECT

Art & Design: WEB PROJECT

Assessment – Assessments are project based. A pass is awarded on successful completion of the projects.

 

 

N5 Creative Industries

The course is designed to raise awareness of the Creative Industries in the UK, and to develop skills and attitudes which will enhance employability. Pupils will also develop their practical abilities and communication skills through participation in practical projects and team work. There is an element of choice in the project work.  Depending on the interests of the group and staffing, projects may include design & make projects, enterprise activities, music and drama related activities, fashion, film making or staging an event or exhibition. This course develops  self-motivation, good organisational skills and an ability to work independently.

 

The course has four Units:

INTRODUCTION TO THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

SKILLS DEVELOPMENT

THE CREATIVE PROCESS

CREATIVE PROCESS

Assessment - There is no final exam. A pass is awarded on successful completion of the Units.

 

 

N5/Higher Personal Development

The Personal Development course develops employability skills through the development of key lifeskills.  This course requires students to demonstrate the ability to manage information, communicate effectively and deliver a product or service. This complements and enhances their learning in other subjects giving them the potential to achieve success in new and challenging situations.

 

The N5 and Higher courses have four Units:

SELF AWARENESS

SELF in SOCIETY

SELF and WORK

PRACTICAL ABILITIES

Assessment - This course has no final exam. Candidates record evidence for each unit in a Portfolio.

To achieve the course award students must pass all 4 Units.       

 

 

Higher Art & Design

Two Units are covered:

EXPRESSIVE ART with ART STUDIES – drawing and painting folio and investigation in to the work of selected artists

DESIGN with DESIGN STUDIES – design folio produced in response to a design brief and investigation into the work of selected designers

Assessment – Design and Expressive PORTFOLIOS are sent to SQA for external assessment.

Pupils sit a QUESTION PAPER which involves writing extended responses (essays).  The duration is 2 hours.

 

 

Higher Photography

Two Units are covered:

IMAGE MAKING: learning the scientific theory about cameras and photography and putting this knowledge into practice

CONTEXTUAL IMAGERY: learning about the work of photographers and creating photographs inspired by different styles of photography

Pupils can choose from a variety of topics which can be interpreted in different ways.

Assessment – A PROJECT is submitted to SQA for external assessment. This consists of:

  • Planning
  • Research
  • Development of a photographic theme
  • Final prints
  • Evaluation

 

 

Advanced Higher Expressive Art

Two Units are covered:

EXPRESSIVE ART ENQUIRY – drawing, painting and/ or photography project on a chosen theme

ART STUDIES – study of two artists or photographers whose approach relates to the practical folio

Assessment – A PORTFOLIO and DISSERTAION are submitted to SQA for external assessment.

 

 

Advanced Higher Design

Two Units are covered:

DESIGN ENQUIRY – design project in response to a chosen brief

DESIGN STUDIES – study of two designers whose approach relates to the practical folio

Assessment – A PORTFOLIO and DISSERTAION are submitted to SQA for external assessment.

 

 

Course Information

S1 Art & Design

The course covers an aspect of Expressive Arts within the Broad General Education.  It is designed to be accessible to all pupils.  Practical activities are delivered in Expressive Art and Design. Pupils also learn about Art & Design practice in Critical Studies. The aims of the course are to:

  • give pupils opportunities  for creativity and self-expression
  • develop skills in using a variety of media and techniques
  • develop an understanding of the creative process and design process
  • allow pupils to use technology, including ICT, for creative effect
  • develop an appreciation of artists’ and designers’ work
  • develop an understanding of cultural factors which influence the work of artists and designers.
  • develop skills in critical analysis and to enable pupils to build up a range of vocabulary to enable pupils to express their thoughts and opinions
  • develop evaluation skills
  • encourage confidence, perseverance and independence.

Assessment – Pupil learning is assessed through completion of a series of practical activities and end of Unit assessments throughout the course.


S1 Textiles Technology

This course covers an aspect of Technologies within the Broad General Education. The course introduces pupils to a number of textile techniques and processes.  Pupils complete a series of interesting Craft Skills and Design & Make projects. The aims of the course are to:

  • develop planning and organisational skills
  • develop skills in using tools, equipment, software and materials
  • encourage creativity and innovation
  • give pupils opportunities for collaborative working
  • develop some understanding of the role and impact of textile technologies in society
  • enable pupils to become informed consumers and to be capable of making reasoned choices relating to the environment and sustainability
  • develop some understanding of ethical, economic and cultural issues relating to textiles
  • develop evaluation skills.

Assessment – Pupil learning is assessed through completion of a series of practical activities and end of Unit assessments throughout the course.


S2/3 Art & Design

The course is delivered through a series of practical Expressive Art and Design activities.  Pupils also learn about the work of artists and designers.  The aims of the course are to enable pupils to:-

  • work imaginatively and develop individual creativity
  • explore and develop thoughts and ideas to create practical art and design work
  • experiment with media, equipment and materials to develop creative techniques
  • communicate thoughts, meaning and ideas
  • demonstrate skills in using media, materials and techniques
  • demonstrate knowledge, understanding and appreciation of art and design practice using contemporary and historical contexts
  • demonstrate skills in problem solving, critical thinking and reflective practice
  • engage with new media and technology
  • consider social and cultural influences
  • develop an appreciation of art and design practice
  • develop their critical thinking skills

Assessment – Pupil learning is assessed through a series of practical activities throughout the course.
Pupils also complete end of unit assessments to test their knowledge and understanding of related theory. Towards the end of the course, pupils will complete a practical exam and a question paper.


S2/3 Fashion & Textiles Technology

The course is delivered through a series of practical projects.  The aims of the course are to enable pupils to:

  • develop practical skills and textile construction techniques to plan and make straightforward fashion/textile items
  • understand safe use of tools and equipment
  • develop knowledge of textile properties and characteristics
  • develop knowledge of a range of factors that influence fashion/textile choices
  • develop basic investigation and evaluation skills

Assessment – Pupil learning is assessed through a series of practical activities throughout the course.
Pupils also complete end of unit assessments to test their knowledge and understanding of related theory.  Towards the end of the course, pupils will complete a practical exam and graded project.


S2/3 Digital Media

The course is delivered through a series of photography, animation, graphic design and film-making projects.  Pupils will learn to:

  • use digital media technologies to create photography, graphics and web content
  • manage files and folders effectively within a digital environment
  • manage workflow using appropriate software
  • enhance images using digital manipulation software
  • understand key issues relating to photography and digital media.
  • use skills and creativity to produce original graphics, photography, animation, moving image and web content
  • select, plan and develop personal projects  
  • develop and communicate imaginative and original digital media solutions
  • analyse photography and digital media techniques, processes and concepts
  • understand and explain social and cultural factors which impact on photography and digital media.

Assessment – Pupil learning is assessed through a series of practical activities throughout the course.
Pupils also complete end of unit assessments to test their knowledge and understanding of related theory. Towards the end of the course, pupils will complete a graded project.

N4/5 Practical Hospitality

This course is also suitable pupils who have a keen interest in food preparation and who would like to develop important life skills in cooking.  Work is mainly practical.  Three Units are covered:

  • COOKERY SKILLS TECHNIQUES and PROCESSES
  • UNDERSTANDING and USING INGREDIENTS
  • ORGANISATIONAL SKILLS for COOKING

Assessment - The course is assessed through a PRACTICAL ASSIGNMENT which involves planning and making a meal.


N4/5 Art & Design

Two Units are covered:

  • EXPRESSIVE ART with ART STUDIES – drawing and painting folio and investigation in to the work of selected artists
  • DESIGN with DESIGN STUDIES – design folio produced in response to a design brief and investigation into the work of selected designers

Assessment – N4 Portfolios and Critical Studies are are internally assessed.
N5 Design and Expressive PORTFOLIOS are sent to SQA for external assessment.
N5 pupils sit a QUESTION PAPER which involves writing extended responses (essays).  The duration is 1 hour 10 minutes.


Level 4/5 National Progression Award Photography

This is a wider achievement course, delivered in two periods per week.  It is mainly creative and practical in nature.

Pupils will learn about different types of photography through a series of practical tasks where they will take photographs of different subjects in different styles. The course has four Units:

  • UNDERSTANDING PHOTOGRAPHS
  • PHOTOGRAPHING PEOPLE
  • PHOTOGRAPHING PLACES
  • WORKING with PHOTOGRAPHS

Pupils are able to respond to project topics in a way which reflects their own personal interests and abilities.

Assessment – A National Progression Award is achieved on successful completion the Units.


Level 5/6 National Progression Award Digital Media

In the Level 5 course, three units are covered:

  • Art & Design: ANIMATION SKILLS
  • Art & Design: DIGITAL VIDEO SKILLS
  • Art & Design: WEB CONTENT

Assessment – Assessments are project based.  A pass is awarded on successful completion of the projects.

In the Level 6 course, three units are covered:

  • Art & Design: ANIMATION PROJECT
  • Art & Design: VIDEO PROJECT
  • Art & Design: WEB PROJECT

Assessment – Assessments are project based. A pass is awarded on successful completion of the projects.


N5 Creative Industries

The course is designed to raise awareness of the Creative Industries in the UK, and to develop skills and attitudes which will enhance employability. Pupils will also develop their practical abilities and communication skills through participation in practical projects and team work. There is an element of choice in the project work.  Depending on the interests of the group and staffing, projects may include design & make projects, enterprise activities, music and drama related activities, fashion, film making or staging an event or exhibition. This course develops  self-motivation, good organisational skills and an ability to work independently.



The course has four Units:

  • INTRODUCTION TO THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
  • SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
  • THE CREATIVE PROCESS
  • CREATIVE PROCESS

Assessment - There is no final exam. A pass is awarded on successful completion of the Units.


N5/Higher Personal Development

The Personal Development course develops employability skills through the development of key lifeskills. This course requires students to demonstrate the ability to manage information, communicate effectively and deliver a product or service. This complements and enhances their learning in other subjects giving them the potential to achieve success in new and challenging situations.



The N5 and Higher courses have four Units:

  • SELF AWARENESS
  • SELF in SOCIETY
  • SELF and WORK
  • PRACTICAL ABILITIES

Assessment - This course has no final exam. Candidates record evidence for each unit in a Portfolio.
To achieve the course award students must pass all 4 Units.  


Higher Art & Design

Two Units are covered:

  • EXPRESSIVE ART with ART STUDIES – drawing and painting folio and investigation in to the work of selected artists
  • DESIGN with DESIGN STUDIES – design folio produced in response to a design brief and investigation into the work of selected designers

Assessment – Design and Expressive PORTFOLIOS are sent to SQA for external assessment.
Pupils sit a QUESTION PAPER which involves writing extended responses (essays).  The duration is 2 hours.


Advanced Higher Expressive Art

Two Units are covered:

  • EXPRESSIVE ART ENQUIRY – drawing, painting and/ or photography project on a chosen theme
  • ART STUDIES – study of two artists or photographers whose approach relates to the practical folio

Assessment – A PORTFOLIO and DISSERTAION are submitted to SQA for external assessment.


Advanced Higher Design

Two Units are covered:

  • DESIGN ENQUIRY – design project in response to a chosen brief
  • DESIGN STUDIES – study of two designers whose approach relates to the practical folio

Assessment – A PORTFOLIO and DISSERTATION are submitted to SQA for external assessment.

 

Higher Photography

Two units are covered:

  • Image making: learning the scientific theory about cameras and photography and putting this knowledge into practice

  • Contextual imagery: learning about the work of photographers and creating photographs inspired by different styles of photography. Pupils can choose from a variety of topics which can be interpreted in different ways.

Assessment - A project is submitted to SQA for external assessment. This consists of:

  • Planning

  • Research
  • 
Development of a photographic theme
  • 
Final prints

  • Evaluation