Expressive arts

​​The expressive arts curriculum area includes art and design, dance, drama and music.

​The inspiration and power of the arts play a vital role in enabling our children and young people to enhance their creative talent and develop their artistic skills.

Practical support and resources

Making a business with art and design: This exemplar shows how effective learning partnerships with local creative industry professionals can help learners to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in business, as it applies to the creative industries.

Hip-ho​p culture: ​This exemplar shows how contemporary arts forms such as breakdancing and graffiti art can be used to provide breadth and depth in learning, motivating learners and allowing them to express themselves creatively.

Find more resources, examples of practice, research and improvement frameworks and tools for expressive arts in the National Improvement Hub.

Key documents

Experiences and outcomes

Principles and practice documents


National Qualifications

Browse the ​SQA site to find materials to support a ​range of expressive arts​ subjects.​