National 5 Art and Design (Course Code: C804 75)

SCQF Level 5 (24 SCQF credit points)

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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:

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, produce analytical drawings and carry out investigative studies. 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 comprises two areas of study.


This part of the course helps you plan, research and develop creative expressive work in response to a theme/stimulus. You will:


This part of the course helps you plan, research and develop creative design work in response to a design brief. You will:

How will I be assessed?

The course assessment has three components totalling 250 marks:

The portfolio components are set by your school and the examination question paper is set by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). Both components will be externally marked by SQA.

The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across all course assessment components.

The course assessment is graded A-D.  

Study Materials

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 5)