The Visual Arts Department is moving into an exciting new era. We have recently reviewed and redeveloped many of our courses in order to provide maximum immediate, as well as long-term, opportunities for students. We now present a more coherent pathway for Visual Arts education through all year levels, covering a wide variety of art and digital media materials, art making techniques and processes and conceptual frameworks. Our courses offer something for everyone and all skills levels are encouraged.
All Year 7 students complete a semester-long foundation course in Visual Arts. They are introduced to many of the basic concepts, technical skills, media and art terminology required for successful visual communication. A diverse range of techniques and materials are explored through a series of enjoyable and engaging tasks.
In Year 8 students have the opportunity to expand their skills by electing medium –specific courses. 2D Studio, 3D Studio and Ceramics are offered, allowing for an individualised approach where specific areas of interest can be pursued.
The Year 9/10 course structure provides an opportunity for diverse and in-depth concept and material-based exploration. Students may select to study Visual Arts or Digital Photography+Media in a continuing format, over a two year period, or as part of the year long (one year) course structure. The 9/10 stream offers a wide variety of conceptual and technical approaches, with a focus on skill refinement and material experimentation. Each Semester students examine an overarching theme, exploring related concepts through their work practice.
In Years 11 and 12 students have the opportunity to consolidate their understanding of Visual Art and Photography by undertaking intensive semester-long courses. Adopted form the Board of Secondary Senior Studies (BSSS) these units allow students to deeply explore their technique, and how it can be manipulated effectively through a range of different mediums, concepts and processes. Students develop work that responds to Teacher-Directed Technical Exercises, a Student-Directed Practical body of work, maintain a process-driven Visual Diary and complete a context-based Essay/Research Task. Visual Art and Photography and Digital Imaging can be studied at either a Tertiary (T) or Accredited (A). The T units count equally toward ATAR scores, and are perfect for those students wishing to extend their approach and/or those who are considering further study in this, or a related field.
Visual Art allows us to express ourselves and communicate through visual language. It enables us to represent the world as we see it and respond to that experience on a range of levels. It develops our capacity for problem-solving and creativity. It challenges us to use our mental, physical, spiritual and emotional capabilities. Visual Art has an important place in a broad education.