Learning

Arts

Visual Arts

In the Art Department, we are committed to facilitating a learning program which provides the opportunity for students to investigate and explore a range of materials, techniques and sources of inspiration. Assisting the students to identify and develop their own sense of personal, creative style and design process is at the heart of our teaching.  The addition of Media to the Art Department provides students with the opportunity to analyse media products and concepts in an informed and critical way.  

We strive to provide programs which help students to;
  • Develop the ability to analyse and discuss artworks and media confidently, in an informed manner, using the correct terminology
  • Develop an understanding of the way artists work in a range of cultures and periods of time
  • Focus on critical, reflective and creative thinking; focus on the visual analysis of artworks; investigate how artists have interpreted sources of inspiration and influences in their art making
  • Consider the ways they can work to develop and resolve artworks and media products, including their use of inspiration and their creative process.
Years 7 and 8

Students complete compulsory studies in the Visual Arts, in both Art and Visual Communication and Design

Year 9

Students may select one or more electives from:
  • Art Attack
  • Passion for Fashion
  • About Face
  • Director’s Cut
  • Inside Out
  • Digital Technologies
Year 10

Students may select one or more electives from:

  • Art A – Art Around the World
  • Art B – Art through the Movements
  • Visual Communication A and B
  • Media
Year 11 and 12

Students may select one or more VCE subjects from:

  • Visual Communication
  • Studio Arts
  • Media

Performing Arts

We strive to provide programs which help students to;
  • Develop the ability to analyse and discuss theatre confidently, in an informed manner, using the correct terminology
  • Develop an understanding of the way theatre practitioners have worked to impact audiences’thinking of social and political issues in a range of cultures and periods of time
  • Develop research skills using a wide range of sources
  • Develop performance skills that focus on critical, reflective and creative performance responses that explore both character representation and inform, educate and inspire audiences to consider their own responses to themes and issues affecting society
Year 9

One subject ‘Life upon the Stage’ is offered at Year 9 level.

Students begin to explore the basic elements of theatre performance including the research and performance skills required to develop and present a unique performance to an audience.

Year 10

Students explore the basic theatre styles that impact modern theatre performance including Mime, Asian or Indigenous theatre, Shakespeare and Commedia Dell‘Arte by selecting one or both electives from:

  • Drama – Play, Pretend, Perform
  • Drama – Mastering the Stage
Year 11 and 12

Students in Unit 1 Drama work on a semester long group research project to create a 20 to 30 minute ensemble performance using abstract theatre to explore and present character and social and political world issues.

Students in Unit 2 Drama work on a semester long solo research project on Australian theatre and characters to create a 5 minute solo performance using abstract theatre to explore and present a variety of characters and social and political world issues.

Units 3 and 4 Drama extend and refine students’ skills to create longer, more in-depth and more sophisticated pieces of abstract or non-naturalistic theatre. Students must create an ensemble performance in semester one and a 7 minute solo performance in semester two. The solo performance is assessed externally by VCAA assessors during the end of year exam period.