The Visual Arts Department offers an exciting and varied program for our students. We present a 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 skill levels are encouraged.
Middle School 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.
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, Digital Photography or Media in a continuing format, over a two years period, or as part of the year long (one year) course structure.
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.