The current Higher Art & Design course takes pupils through two main areas of study within the area of Practical work: Expressive and Design. Pupils negotiate projects which are of personal interest to them, allowing a wide variety of work to take place within the department. Choice is a central feature of the course, with pupils often selecting from areas such as Still Life; the Natural or Built Environment; Portraiture or Fantasy work for their Expressive units. Design work can be chosen from the areas of Jewellery design; Graphics; Fashion & Textiles; Product Design or Architecture.
The third unit is linked to their Practical work and comprises personalised studies of the work of artists and designers from whom pupils can learn new techniques. This can help them to develop their skills base and further their knowledge of some of the historical and social influences within the fields of Art & Design.
Both Practical units are marked externally by the S.Q.A. as is the written paper which pupils sit in May.