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Art and Design

The Art and Design Department is a vibrant, lively and busy open plan space.

Art and Design

About our Art and Design Department

Teaching Transitus to Sixth Year, we offer a wide range of inspirational practical Design and Expressive units which allows students of all ages to develop their skills in analytical drawing, understanding the design process, problem solving and developing 3-Dimensional skills.

Ideas are communicated through a variety of media - paint, printmaking, photography, 3D sculptures in wire, clay and modroc, the use of IT in the form of iPad apps, Photoshop and various presentation packages. Students also have the opportunity to build upon their knowledge and understanding of designers and artists through group work and individual presentations.

Students are encouraged to participate in a number of art competitions throughout the year and all students have the opportunity to have work exhibited in our vibrant and colourful biennial exhibition.


Mrs Carolyn Bell (Head of Department)
Ms Nicola Henderson
Mrs Jennifer Stewart


Curriculum Information

The National 5 course reflects the Curriculum for Excellence values, purposes and principles. The purpose of the course is to provide a broad practical experience of Art & Design and related critical activity. The course provides opportunities for pupils to be inspired and creatively challenged as they explore how to visually represent and communicate their personal thoughts, ideas and feelings through their work.

The course has been developed to give students a greater understanding of the design process, build and develop their drawing skills, research and learn about designers and artists in a variety of ways. Pupils are also encouraged to participate in a variety workshops, both in and out of school.

Pupils produce two internal assessments, as well as Design and Expressive portfolios, which shall be sent to the SQA for external marking. Throughout the course, they will research designers and artists that link closely to their area of study.

Pupils also sit an exam based on the designers and artists they have studied throughout the course.

The Higher course encourages pupils to push their ideas and skills even further. They have the opportunity to develop and add to their problem solving and practical skills built throughout the National 5 course.

Pupils will build upon their knowledge and understanding of designers and artists though independent and Art & Design studies. They will produce two internal assessments, as well as Design and Expressive portfolios that will be sent to the SQA for external marking.

Pupils sit an exam in May based on their knowledge of chosen designers and artists studied throughout the year.

In Advanced Higher study, Sixth Year students can enjoy the 'Art College' experience of working in their own studio space, dedicated to portfolio and preparation. Throughout the year pupils are encouraged to think independently and greatly develop their own thoughts and ideas.

Pupils have the opportunity to participate in a life-drawing course, learn from visiting artists and develop new skills in order to create a successful Art College portfolio or Advanced Higher folio.

Advanced Higher pupils have previously been accepted for Architecture, Product Design, First Year Foundation, Textiles, Animation and Fine Art at institutions such as Glasgow School of Art, Central St. Martins, Duncan of Jordanstone, Gray’s School of Art, Leeds, Manchester and the Courtauld Institute of Art.