National 4 Art and Design (Course Code: C704 74)

SCQF Level 4 (24 SCQF credit points)

Art and Design Image

Why study Art and Design?

Art and Design features in many aspects of our everyday lives, from the advertising posters we see on our streets to the special effects we see in films. Almost everything we see or touch has been designed to be visually attractive including mobile phones, clothes, cars, buildings and websites.

The skills that you develop in Art and Design are useful in many different careers, such as architecture: interior design, fashion and textiles, graphics, web design and photography.

Career Pathways

To see what career areas this subject could lead to and the routes to get there, download and view these career pathways:

Art and Design

Computing and ICT


Hairdressing, Beauty and Wellbeing

Information, Culture and Heritage

Manufacturing Industries

What do I need to get in?

Entry is at the discretion of the school or college but you would normally have achieved one of the following:

What will I study?

Art and Design is a practical, hands-on subject that develops your creativity and imagination, and your artistic skills. You will learn how to use a range of art and design materials and techniques. And, you will learn the skills involved in planning, producing and presenting art and design work. You will also find out how artists and designers work, and how factors like their environment and culture have an impact on their work.

The course has two compulsory units, plus an added value unit that assesses your practical skills.  

Art and Design: Expressive Activity (9 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Art and Design: Design Activity (9 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Added Value Unit: Art and Design Practical Activity (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will produce a:

Note: Both of these units may be taken with a Scottish Context option, which contributes towards the Scottish Studies Award.

How will I be assessed?

Your work will be assessed by your teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. Items of work might include:

You must pass all the units including the practical unit to gain the course qualification.

What can I go on to next?

If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in:

Which jobs are related to this subject?

Where can my parents find out more?

Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.

They can also read the information leaflet(s):

Nationals in a Nutshell - Art and Design (National 4)