Advanced Higher Art and Design (Design)

Course Specification

Explains the structure of the Course, including its purpose and aims and information on the skills, knowledge and understanding that will be developed.



Past Papers and Marking Instructions


This section provides information on marking instructions and/or the coursework assessment task(s). It includes information that centres need to administer coursework and must be read in conjunction with the course specification.

More information on the submission of Art and Design portfolios can be found on the Art and Design Practical Assessment web page.

Course reports

Course Reports

Verification Reports

In 2019, a single qualification verification summary report replaced the verification key messages.


Understanding Standards

Please note: For session 2020-21 there have been modifications to this course. The material below should therefore be viewed along with the National 5 to Advanced Higher Course information for 2020-21.

Examples of candidate evidence with commentaries

Examples of candidate evidence and commentaries can be found on SQA’s secure website and you can access these through your SQA co-ordinator.

Course assessment overview

Changes to understanding standards materials

Please note: Understanding Standards materials are regularly reviewed to ensure they remain up to date.




National 5 to Advanced Higher Course information for 2020-21