Art & Design

The Art School is well known for exceptionally high standards, to which our annual exhibition, examination results and impressive record of progression to art college are testament. We focus on the strengths of each individual, bringing out the best in each and every one of our students.

From P4, ability is developed through an emphasis on strong observational drawing leading to exploration of a variety of disciplines including sculpture, drawing and painting, printmaking, graphic design, architecture, ceramics, photography, jewellery,  fashion and textiles.

Rebecca Matthews winner of the Iain Cook Award for photography 2020
Rebecca Matthews winner of the Iain Cook Award for photography 2020

In S3 and S4, National 5 begin with research drawings in a variety of media and from a variety of sources, which are then developed towards a final piece. In parallel with the practical work, pupils look at relevant artists and art movements, and regularly visit galleries and exhibitions. In S5 we offer Higher Art and Design. Advanced higher pupils benefit from having their own studio spaces where they are able to show increasing personal autonomy and creative decision making in an environment comparable with many University Art and Design courses.

The portfolio-based content of revised SQA courses make both suitable for pupils applying to Higher Education courses in fields related to Art and Design, Architecture, Photography, Fashion and Textiles and many other related courses.

A highly committed team of teaching and support staff is joined each year by an artist-in-residence, who passes on specialist skills, normally gained from recent study at Art and Design College. Each year the department runs a series of workshops and talks delivered by specialists in their fields covering areas such as Fashion, Communication Design, Fine Art, and Architecture.

Subject Information - Art & Design