NPA in Art and Design at SCQF level 5

NPA in Art and Design at SCQF level 5

National Progression Awards (NPAs) assess a defined set of skills and knowledge in specialist vocational areas, linked to National Occupational Standards.

There are five Art and Design NPAs at SCQF level 5 which introduce learners to techniques that are important in Art and Design:

  • NPA Drawing Skills covers areas such as drawing media, analytical drawing skills, and location drawing.
  • NPA Art and Design covers areas such as mixed media, printmaking and illustration.
  • NPA Visual Communications covers areas such as software skills, graphic design, and two-dimensional design.
  • NPA Animation covers areas such as development drawing, sketchbook development and an animation project.
  • NPA Painting covers areas such as painting, colour, and painting to a theme.

These qualifications are available through schools and colleges.

Why study this qualification

The NPA is suitable for:

  • learners who are at school or who may have just left school
  • mature candidates who may have been out of education for a long period of time
  • individuals who are currently in employment and wish to obtain a formal qualification
  • those who are looking to access HN programmes
  • learners who want to study at a pace and style that they determine
  • individuals who are seeking national recognition of their achievements
Access

Entry is at the discretion of the centre. 

Employment and progression

The SCQF level 5 awards could provide progression to:

  • an NC in Creative Industries or NC in Art and Design
  • an HNC/HND in Art and Design or related areas

Qualification structure

Group award specification (598 KB)

NPA Drawing Skills - Group award code: GM0E 45 (18 SCQF credit points)

NPA Art and Design - Group award code: GM0D 45 (18 SCQF credit points)

NPA Visual Communications - Group award code: GM0G 45 (18 SCQF credit points)

NPA Animation - Group award code: GM0H 45 (18 SCQF credit points)

NPA Painting - Group award code: GM0F 45 (18 SCQF credit points)

The NPAs at SCQF level 5 consists of three mandatory units (18 SCQF credit points). 

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Qualification structure

Group award specification (598 KB)

NPA Drawing Skills - Group award code: GM0E 45 (18 SCQF credit points)

NPA Art and Design - Group award code: GM0D 45 (18 SCQF credit points)

NPA Visual Communications - Group award code: GM0G 45 (18 SCQF credit points)

NPA Animation - Group award code: GM0H 45 (18 SCQF credit points)

NPA Painting - Group award code: GM0F 45 (18 SCQF credit points)

The NPAs at SCQF level 5 consists of three mandatory units (18 SCQF credit points). 

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How to assess

Assessment of these awards will be by practical assessments under open-book assessment conditions. It is recommended that centres refer to the assessment and evidence requirements for each unit.

Assessment/e-assessment support packs are available for one unit in NPA Animation:

FV2L 11 Art and Design: Development Drawing

The delivery of the award is at the individual centre’s discretion. 

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