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Welcome to Art & Design

Welcome to the Art & Design department. We offer a course of study which aims to equip our learners with skills for learning in both life and work allowing our students to realise their creative potential.   In a world where we increasingly have machines and computers to calculate and build for us, human creative thought and inventiveness is something that will become increasingly important.  Whether that is pursuing a career in the creative industries or elsewhere, creative problem-solving is a fundamental skill applicable across the board.

The course is focused on practical activities which are engaging and designed to provide breadth and depth in learning key Art & Design concepts. The course is split into projects across the three years of broad general education, allowing students an opportunity to experience and appreciate the difference between art and design disciplines where function can be as important as aesthetics.  

Artistic literacy and numeracy are progressively developed throughout the course allowing students to develop specialist vocabulary and skills needed in S3.


Career opportunities

  • Photography
  • Jewellery Design
  • Architecture
  • Automotive(car) and Transport Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Fashion and Textiles
  • Product Design
  • Illustration
  • Animator/Animation
  • Production Designer (theatre/ television), Set Designer, Special Effects Design
  • Primary/ Secondary Teacher/ Lecturer
  • Fine Art
  • Secondary/ Primary Teacher

Art & Design Staff

Mr Stubbs (Faculty Head)

Mrs Batchelor (0.8)

Miss Budge

Ms Gerrie

Mrs McLaughlin (0.6)

Miss Wallace

S1 Art and Design

S1 course is designed to provide skills based learning across all aspects of the Art & Design curriculum. Pupils have the opportunity to learn basic techniques and work with a range of media.  They will also be gradually introduced to art language and terminology.

S1 pupils will study the 7 visual elements, portraiture and colour theory, among many other projects. Art & Design history is explored as pupils create art work inspired by the modern masters. 


S2 Art and Design

The S2 course is designed to build upon pupils prior learning in S1. It offers pupils the chance to revisit the key experiences of S1 and build upon their skills taking a more active role in their own creative decision-making.  Pupils will add to, and build on previous skills by using and handling more sophisticated media, techniques and develop practises in the analysis of Art & Design work. 


S3 Art and Design

Art & Design in S3, provides pupils with skills for learning in life and work. Pupils will develop an aesthetic understanding, creativity, visual awareness and problem solving in practical units of work. They will also develop an appreciation of Art and Design History and by this stage be able to analyse a piece of art-work, using art language and terminology with confidence.  The opportunity to experiment with more specialised materials and technology allows pupils to create art and design work, using not only refined technical skill but also, through personalisation and choice, pupils can let their personality shine through. Their work is further enhanced as pupils are introduced to the historical and critical context in which artists and designers work, while continuing to develop a vocabulary to describe, analyse and write about Art & Design.

While not all S3 pupils choose to continue Art & Design in S4, this course provides a solid foundation to prepare them to sit Art & Design at SQA level.


Progression

  1. National 4 – Higher Art and Design
  2. Higher Photography (S6 Option)
  3. Advanced Higher Art and Design (S6 Option)

National 4 Art and Design

The Three Components of the Art and Design National 4 course are as follows.

Main Units

  • Unit 1 Expressive Activity
  • Unit 2 Design Activity
  • Unit 3 Art and Design Historical and Critical Studies

Course Aims

  • The aim of the course is to enable learners to communicate personal thoughts, feelings and ideas through the imaginative use of art and design materials, techniques and technology
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of art and design practice.
  • Plan, develop, produce and present creative art and design work.
  • Develop understanding of the social and cultural influences on artists and designers and their work.
  • Develop problem solving, critical thinking and reflective practice skills.

Entry

Pupils undertaking study at National 4 should be secure at Level 3 experiences and outcomes for Art and Design.

Progression

This Course or its Units may provide progression to other qualifications in Art and Design at National 5 levelNPA Photography, further study, employment andor training.

Conditions of award

To achieve the National 4 Art and Design Course, learners must pass all of the required Units, including the Added Value Unit.  It is awarded on a pass/fail basis.


National 5 Art and Design

The Three Components of the Art and Design National 5 course are as follows.

Main Units

  • Unit 1 Expressive Activity
  • Unit 2 Design Activity
  • Unit 3 Art and Design Historical and Critical Studies

Course Aims

  • The aims of the Course are to enable learners to communicate personal thoughts, feelings and ideas through the imaginative use of art and design materials, techniques and technology
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of art and design practice.
  • Plan, develop, produce and present creative art and design work.
  • Develop understanding of the social and cultural influences on artists and designers and their work.
  • Develop problem solving, critical thinking and reflective practice skills.

Entry

Pupils undertaking study at National 5 should have achieved a pass at National 4/Level 4 secure, in Art and Design.

Progression

This Course or its Units may provide progression to other qualifications offered such as Higher Art and Design and Higher PhotographyNPA Photography, further study, employment andor training.

Conditions of award

To gain an award the learner must pass all of the Units as well as the Course assessment. The course Assessment will be in the form of an Expressive and Design portfolio submitted to SQA for grading, A-D.


National Progression Award (NPA) in PHOTOGRAPHY

The Three Components of the NPA Photography course are as follows.

Main Units

  • Unit 1 Expressive Activity
  • Unit 2 Design Activity
  • Unit 3 Art and Design Historical and Critical Studies

Course Aims

  • The aims of the Course are to enable learners to communicate personal thoughts, feelings and ideas through the imaginative use of photography and image manipulation software.
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of photographic practice.
  • Plan, develop, produce and present creative photographic work.
  • Develop understanding of the social and cultural influences on artists and designers and their work.
  • Develop problem solving, critical thinking and reflective practice skills.

Entry

Pupils undertaking this course should have achieved a pass at National 4/Level 4 secure, in Art and Design.

Progression

This Course or its Units may provide progression to other qualifications offered such as Higher PhotographyShort Course in Photography, further study, employment andor training.

Conditions of award

To gain an award the learner must pass all of the Units as well as the Course assessment. The course Assessment will be in the form of a photographic portfolio which will be internally assessed with a pass or fail result.

Possible Intuitions

This can be College and Schools of Art, Faculties or Departments of Art and Design. Degree courses in Art and Design can be achieved by attending the following establishments. Glasgow School of Art, Edinburgh College of Art, Duncan of Jordanstone, Gray’s School of Art Aberdeen, Scottish College of Textiles Galashiels, Napier University Edinburgh, Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian University.

This will allow pupils to progress to a career within the creative industries.


Higher Art and Design

Purpose

The Higher Art and Design course is a progressive skills based course that leads on from prior knowledge and understanding, taught in the National 5 course. Pupils develop and apply skills of investigation, media handling, problem solving and evaluation through expressive and design practical activities, linked to related visual arts, design and historical studies. Literacy skills are further enhanced through the critical analysis and contexts of the understanding of Art and Design historical studies.  This is integral to the course award.

Content

The course comprises three main units each including historical studies and time built in for preparation and presentation. All three units are externally assessed by SQA

  • Unit 1 Expressive Activity
  • Unit 2 Design Activity
  • Unit 3 Art and Design Historical and Critical Studies

Recommended Entry

Students are expected to have achieved an A/B pass for National 5 Art and Design.

Desirable

National 5 English at A/B.

Assessment

Assessment is conducted through internal on-going unit assessment throughout the year.

External Assessment

  • Expressive and Design folio plus an evaluation submitted for external assessment to SQA.
  • Art and Design Studies written exam (Externally assessed by SQA)

Progression

Successful students may progress to Advanced Higher in Art and Design and/or Higher Photography.


Higher Photography (S6 Option)

Purpose

The Higher Photography course covers many facets of society including: Reportage, Fashion, Sports, Wildlife etc. but its true strength lies as a creative tool which offers the individual an opportunity to reflect upon their own lives and interpret the world around them.  The course examines social issues such as the environment and how photographs can be powerful artistic tools of communication.  The course prepares the student to both produce and evaluate media images. The course requires the candidate to complete three units and a Practical Assignment.

Content

The Practical Assignment is submitted to the S.Q.A.  It is designed to emphasise skills relating to the application of practical skills and related knowledge, and also an understanding of a situation that involves task management. The students are provided with a brief and are expected to demonstrate attainment relating to: organisation; interpretation of a brief; investigative techniques; assignment planning; IT; layout, presentation and communication. The student will also develop and apply related knowledge of the researched theme and visual communication.

Assessment

Pupils will sit a 1 hour written paper which will assess their general camera knowledge as part of their unit assessment.  External assessment (which is submitted to SQA) includes a 1000 word plan; twelve thematic photographs and a 1000 word evaluation written under exam conditions.

Recommended Entry

A minimum of an A/B at National 5 Art and Design is required.  Due to the demand of the Higher Photography course and the restriction on resources, pupils will only be allowed entry to the course based upon their previous attainment in Art and Design.

Desirable

A minimum C pass for Higher Art and Design. National 5 pass in English A/B.

Progression

This Higher qualification would specifically help and also contribute to a portfolio for Art school or other Further Education college courses. Equally it can be used for application to University through UCAS as a separate qualification from Higher Art and Design.


Advanced Higher Art & Design

Purpose

Art and Design provides opportunities to develop aesthetic understanding, creativity and visual awareness, knowledge and appreciation. It encourages candidates to use a range of media and technology to understand, appreciate and respond to their world. The course promotes creative thinking, encourages independent thought, initiative, innovation, problem solving and the development of personal opinions.

The course also recognises the need for pupils who require a portfolio for submission to Art school or a further education college.

Content

Pupils will choose to either produce a Design or an Expressive Folio based upon their chosen area of specialism. For design this could be Architecture, Fashion, Jewellery, Product, Textile or Graphic Design.  If pupils elected to undertake an Expressive folio, they would choose a theme from the expressive arts that could be based upon Portrait, Landscape or Sill life. The folio could also be a combination of all three.

Assessment

Assessment is conducted through internal on-going assessment throughout the year.  External assessment consists of a practical folio of work submitted to SQA.

Recommended Entry

Higher Art and Design at A grade.

Desirable

An A/B pass for Higher English

Progression

This can be College and Schools of Art, Faculties or Departments of Art and Design. Degree courses in Art and Design can be achieved by attending the following establishments. Glasgow School of Art, Edinburgh College of Art, Duncan of Jordanstone, Gray’s School of Art Aberdeen, Scottish College of Textiles Galashiels, Napier University Edinburgh,Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian University.

Pupils who want to progress to a career within the creative industries, will have the opportunity for a dynamic and wide ranging career choice with many exciting opportunities available ranging from Fine Arts in many media including Painting, Photography, Film and Video, Interactive Media, Sculpture and Performance to Design and Craft in Graphic Design, Advertising, Jewellery, Fashion, Interior, Ceramic, Three Dimensional Design, Architecture and Spatial Design, Computer Games Design, Film, Animation and Television.

Applying to Art School?

Glasgow School of Art

Edinburgh College of Art

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design

Grey’s School of Art


Kelvingrove Art Gallery competition

The Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum’s annual drawing competition is a very prestigious competition which was established in 1904. Pupils from Calderside Academy have been competing in the event since the school opened in 2008, every year we are proud to say we have been met much success. A group of pupils are invited to attend the museum and entrants have three hours in which to complete a drawing or painting of a piece from the collection, using any medium. 

Since 1904 the Glasgow Museums Annual Art Competition has encouraged thousands of young people to come to Glasgow’s museums, pick up a pencil and paper and draw.

It is encouraging that, after all ten years, the competition continues to be met with such enthusiasm.

The drawings are always a delight.

Congratulations to the prize-winners from Kelvingrove Museum Art competition 2018.

BRONZE

  • Elisa Mason
  • Luke Morison
  • Adam Pollock

HIGHLY COMMENDED CERTIFICATE WINNER

  • Lucy-Jayne Henry

COMMENDED

  • Rachel Morrison
  • Rachel McLean
  • Rebecca Paterson

Annual Exhibitions

Calderside Academy have a proud tradition of celebrating the year’s success by displaying an exhibition of National 5, Higher and Advanced Higher SQA Art and Design work. Both staff, and friends and family of exhibitors are invited to a private view of the work and this is always met with positive comments, amazed at the talent and skill our pupils have. 

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Advanced Higher Exhibition

Pupils for Calderside Academy have been selected to display work in The South Lanarkshire Advanced Higher Exhibition held in Chatelherault’s Cadzow Gallery. The exhibition will be held from the 5th to the 30th of June 2018.

Pupils with photos of work