Visual Art (T/A)

This course is suitable for students interested in developing their practical and theoretical skills and understanding to express themselves through visual and written language. The ‘T’ level is suitable for students considering further study in areas such as Visual Arts, Graphic or Industrial Design, Architecture, Arts education, etc.  There is no prior learning required to study Visual Art.

The major course is comprised of four standard 1.0 units, which will be selected in consultation with the classroom teacher according to available resources, student needs and interests. The units include theory, teacher-directed work and student initiated major works.

Assessment Requirements

  • a Visual Arts Process Diary, including examples of technical exercises and demonstrates an investigation of specific artists’ work, techniques and approaches.
  • a major work or series of student-directed works
  • a written assignment which may take the forms of an exhibition report, essay or research task (900 – 1300 word limit)

The units below are designed for teaching at both ‘T’ and ‘A’ levels. Students studying at ‘T’ level cover the same content, but in greater detail. It is also expected they will develop their skills more than students studying at ‘A’ level and this will be reflected in the assessment for individual units. A combination of the following units will be offered as a major in Visual Art:



This unit provides basic skills in using a variety of drawing media, with an exploration of both traditional and contemporary approaches. Experimentation and self-expression are a strong focus of this course as students consider ‘how’ and ‘why’ artists make drawings. The study of aspects of the art-making process, techniques, terms and concepts related to various media are important components of this unit.



This unit explores a variety of painting techniques, concepts and artists from a variety of cultures and art movements, from both historical and contemporary contexts. An understanding of several painting mediums; acrylic, watercolour, gouache and oils, is developed through experimentation. Students then demonstrate their newly acquired abilities through the development of a conceptual major work, in a medium of their choice.



Students explore a range of printmaking techniques and processes in this unit; relief, etching/intaglio, screen printing, collagraph and mono-printing.  Students investigate the historical tradition of these methods, as well as contemporary approaches developed by modern printmakers from a variety of cultures. This unit offers a very different approach to artmaking as it presents new and unique concepts and avenues for experimentation and self-expression.



The focus of this unit is on the development of technical and conceptual skills related to sculpture and installation practice. Specifically, students experiment with the sculptural processes associated with subtraction, substitution, addition, and manipulation, using a wide variety of media. This is a very ‘hands on’ unit that allows students to move away from the 2D surface and explore the exciting and often challenging world of 3D Art.


Culture and Identity

This unit provides students an opportunity to investigate many rich and meaningful themes associated with their own, as well as others, culture and identity. Students will be encouraged to think deeply as they reflect on a variety of ideas that relate to themselves as individuals, the society in which we live and the global cultures that have shaped our world. For their major work students will develop a conceptual artwork that challenges the viewer in some way, in a medium and format of their choice.


Protest Art

In the Protest Art unit students examine a variety of ways artists use their work to make social comment. They will investigate ideas such as the relationship between art and politics, the importance of the artist’s ‘voice’ in the world, related ethical issues, propaganda, the Media and the power of artistic appropriation. Students have an exciting opportunity to create work of a challenging or subversive nature as they present their own perspectives in a public arena.

Contact the Visual Arts Coordinator

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