The Visual Arts are unique, expressive, creative and communicative forms that engage students in critical and creative thinking that helps them understand themselves and the world. Visual Arts encourage the development of skills and the exploration of technologies, forms and processes through the creation of works which are visual in nature, such as ceramics, painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography. These subjects encourage the exploration of ideas that cross the full range of human emotions and moods through holistic learning using cognitive, emotional, sensory, aesthetic and physical fields.

Subjects offered at each level

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Visual Arts

Art – Mixed Media

Art – Mixed   Media

VCE Art

VCE Art

Ceramics

Ceramics

Printmaking

Printmaking

Visual Communication & Design

Visual Communication & Design

VCE Visual Communication & Design

VCE Visual Communication & Design

Photography

Photography

VCE Studio Arts

VCE Studio Arts

Visual Arts courses are suited to students who:

  • are focusing on University/TAFE entry
  • who wish to commence an apprenticeship
  • who would like to begin working in an industry area

Careers that use skills learnt in Visual Arts:

  • Animator
  • Artist
  • Art Gallery Assistant
  • Architectural Draftsman
  • Camera Operator eg. film
  • Chef
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Fashion Coordinator
  • Hairdresser
  • Illustrator
  • Interior Designer
  • Photographer
  • Recreation Officer
  • Sign Writer
  • Teacher
  • Vehicle Spray Painter

Subject Selection and Progression Rules:

  • In Year 8, all students MUST undertake one semester of Visual Arts. The subject will be completed in either 1st or 2nd semester. This is a general Visual Arts course enhancing and broadening the skills learnt in Year 7.
  • From Year 9 onwards, students may choose 2 semesters of Visual Arts. e.g. 1st semester Ceramics and 2nd semester Art – Mixed Media.
  • Students must achieve an “S” at each level before they can progress to higher level.
  • It is recommended that students discuss their Visual Arts selections with the Art teachers.

Visual Arts Year 8 – VIS8?

In Visual Arts Year 8 students will continue to enhance their skills in the areas of painting, printmaking, sculpture and drawing. Students will have the opportunity to investigate different art genre, from traditional landscapes through to street art.

Course Structure:

In this subject students further develop their skills in drawing, designing, painting, printmaking and 3D construction, by undertaking practical work in various mediums and styles to complete a visual diary of finished art works. Students complete various written and theoretical work.

Assessed Tasks:

Visual diary of trialled and finished art works, theory in written or oral format

Leads into: Visual Arts Year 9
Booklist Items: A4 Visual Diary
For further info: Art staff
Subject Cost: $10.00 for Art Gallery Excursions

Art Mixed Media Year 9 – ART9?

Art – Mixed Media Year 9 is suited to students who are interested in completing multiple art disciplines such as painting and drawing and wish to advance their skill development.

Course Structure:

In this subject students use the elements and principles of Art to complete a folio of finished work developed from drawings, collages, paintings, printmaking and ceramics. Themes are developed around portraiture, still-life and landscapes using a variety of media and techniques. There is also the opportunity to link digitally generated images using digital cameras. Historical and cultural studies of Art will be undertaken with students completing written and theoretical assignments including aesthetics analysis.

Assessed Tasks:

Visual diary of trialled and finished art works, theory in written or oral format

Prerequisites: Visual Arts Year 8
Leads into: All Visual Arts Year 10 subjects
Booklist Items: A4 Visual Diary
For further info: Art staff
Subject Cost: $10.00 for Art Gallery Excursions

Ceramics Year 9 – CER9?

Ceramics Year 9 is suited to students who are interested in working with clay and wish to learn the methods of mould making, coil construction and glazing.

Course Structure:

In this subject students get the chance to develop, increase and extend their skills in working with clay. Techniques and skills covered include coil, pinch, slab, moulds and modelling. Students also study the history of art, the elements and principles of design, and complete verbal and written analysis and interpretation of artworks.

Assessed Tasks:

Visual diary of trialled and finished art works, theory in written or oral format

Prerequisites: Visual Arts Year 8
Leads into: All Visual Arts Year 10 subjects
Booklist Items: A4 Visual Diary
For further info: Art staff
Subject Cost: $10.00 for Art Gallery Excursions

Printmaking Year 9 – PRI9?

Printmaking Year 9 is suited to students who are interested in working with lino, card and silk screen to produce images that can be mass produced or printed on t-shirts.

Course Structure:

In this subject students are given the opportunity to develop skills in printmaking. Students learn how to make art prints using various printmaking techniques. The processes and techniques covered will include dry etching, monoprinting, linocuts, collagraphs and use of the printing press. Students study the history of art, the elements and principles of design, and complete verbal and written analysis and interpretation of artworks.

Assessed Tasks:

Visual diary of trialled and finished art works, theory in written or oral format

Prerequisites: Visual Arts Year 8
Leads into: All Visual Arts Year 10 subjects
Booklist Items: A4 Visual Diary
For further info: Art staff
Subject Cost: $10.00 for Art Gallery Excursions

Visual Communication and Design Year 9 – VCD9?

Visual Communication and Design Year 9 is suited to students who are interested in learning about the design process used in advertising, television commercials and magazines.

Course Structure:

In this subject students undertake various design exercises and controlled drawing tasks which increases their design awareness and drawing skills. They also study the elements and principles of design as well as completing computer generated tasks. Students undertake written analysis and interpretation of visual communications. Topics could include perspective rendering, illustration and other techniques used in the commercial art field.

Assessed Tasks:

Visual diary of trialled and finished art works, theory in written or oral format

Prerequisites: Visual Arts Year 8
Leads into: All Visual Arts Year 10 subjects
Booklist Items: A4 Visual Diary
For further info: Art staff
Subject Cost: $10.00 for Art Gallery Excursions

Photography Year 9 – PHO0?

Photography Year 9 is suited to students who are interested in exploring the techniques and traditions of “old-school” black and white photography with an added twist of digital manipulation.

Course Structure:

Students get to use the retro style SLR cameras to capture images, learn the skills to use a digital camera and take their photos across into the computer program Photoshop.  There are also theory based assignments which involve studying artists and their influences on the development of photography.

Assessed Tasks:

Visual diary of trialled and finished art works, theory in written or oral format

Prerequisites: Visual Arts Year 8
Leads into: All Visual Arts Year 10 subjects
Booklist Items: A3 Visual Diary
For further info: Art staff
Subject Cost: $30.00 for Art Gallery Excursions

Art Mixed Media Year 10 – ART0?

Art-Mixed Media Year 10 is suited to students who are interested in creating artworks and developing their own individual style, studying the elements and principles of art and the ways various artists use these to create images.

Course Structure:

Students produce work in portraiture, still-life and landscape using techniques covering drawing, collage, painting, printmaking, ceramics and computer generated design. Historical and cultural studies of Art are undertaken with students completing written and theoretical assignments including aesthetics analysis.

Assessed Tasks:

Visual Diary of trialled and finished art works, theory in written or oral format

Prerequisites: Visual Arts Year 9
Leads into: VCE Art, VCE Studio Arts, VCE Visual Communication and Design
Booklist Items: A3 Visual Diary
For further info: Art staff
Subject Cost: $30.00 for course materials plus Art Gallery Excursions

Ceramics Year 10 – CER0?

Ceramics Year 10 is suited to students who are interested in learning a variety of skills and techniques (coil, pinch, slab, moulds and modelling) used to make functional and non-functional ceramic pieces.

Course Structure:

The emphasis of the ceramics program is to provide an opportunity for students to develop a level of creative competence and understanding of materials. Students complete theoretical assignments on the history of ceramics and the use of the elements and principles of art and design.

Assessed Tasks:

Visual Diary of trialled and finished art works, theory in written or oral format

Prerequisites: Visual Arts Year 9
Leads into: VCE Art, VCE Studio Arts, VCE Visual Communication and Design
Booklist Items: A3 Visual Diary
For further info: Art staff
Subject Cost: $30.00 for course materials plus Art Gallery Excursions

 Printmaking Year 10 – PRI0?

Printmaking Year 10 is suited to students who are keen to develop further their skills as an artist in design and with printing techniques.

Course Structure:

Students learn how to make art prints using various printmaking techniques. The processes and techniques covered include; monoprinting, linocuts, dry etching collagraphs and the use of a printing press. Students also study the history of art, the elements and principles of art and design, as well as complete verbal and written analysis and interpretation of artworks.

Assessed Tasks:

Visual Diary of trialled and finished art works, theory in written or oral format

Prerequisites: Any Visual Arts Year 9 subject
Leads into: VCE Art, VCE Studio Arts, VCE Visual Communication and Design
Booklist Items: A3 Visual Diary
For further info: Art staff
Subject Cost: $30.00 for course materials plus Art Gallery Excursions

Visual Communication and Design Year 10 – VCD0?

Visual Communication and Design Year 10 is suited to students who are keen to undertake various design exercises and controlled drawing tasks which will increase their design awareness and drawing skills.

Course Structure:

Students study the elements and principles of design as well as completing computer generated tasks. Students undertake written analysis and interpretation of visual communications. Topics could include more advanced perspective rendering, illustration and other techniques used in the commercial art field.

Assessed Tasks:

Visual Diary of trialled and finished art works, theory in written or oral format

Prerequisites: Any Visual Arts Year 9 subject
Leads into: VCE Visual Communication and Design, VCE Art, VCE Studio Arts
Booklist Items: Display folder, A3 Visual diary
For further info: Art staff
Subject Cost: $30.00 for course materials plus Art Gallery Excursions

 Photography Year 10 – PHO0?

Photography Year 10 is suited to students who are interested in exploring the techniques and traditions of “old-school” black and white photography with an added twist of digital manipulation.

Course Structure:

Students get to use the retro style SLR cameras to capture images and learn the skills to use a digital camera and take their photos across into the computer program Photoshop. There are also theory based assignments which involve studying artists and their influences on the development of photography.

Assessed Tasks:

Visual Diary of trialled and finished art works, theory in written or oral format

Prerequisites: Visual Arts Year 9
Leads into: VCE Art, VCE Studio Arts, VCE Visual Communication and Design
Booklist Items: A3 Visual Diary
For further info: Art staff
Subject Cost: $30.00 for course materials plus Art Gallery Excursions

  VCE Art Units 1 & 2 – AR011/AR022

VCE Art is suited to students who are interested in developing their artistic confidence and individual visual language through exploration of art materials, methods and styles of art making. Students develop an understanding of how artists and artworks reflect the values, beliefs and traditions of their own and other cultures.

Course Structure:

In Art Units 1 & 2 students create a body of work through practical trials and exploration of styles, techniques, media and materials. Students research past and present artists and develop their theoretical skills.

Assessed Tasks:

Outcome 1 – On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse and interpret a variety of artworks using the Formal Framework and the Personal Framework.

Outcome 2 – On completion of this unit the student should be able to demonstrate technical and artistic development in the presentation of visual responses that include one finished artwork, through the exploration of selected media, materials and techniques.

VCAA Assessment:

Assessment Tasks and Portfolio

Prerequisites: Any Visual Arts Year 10 subject
Leads into: VCE Art Units 3 & 4
Booklist Items: A3 Visual Diary
For further info: Art staff
Subject Cost: $60.00 for specialised Art Equipment and Art Gallery Excursions

 VCE Art Units 3 & 4 – AR033/AR034

VCE Art is suited to students who are interested in developing their beliefs and personal ideas into a creative visual language (images/art) through investigation and experimentation in art making. Students develop confidence to make informed opinions about art issues and study how artworks reflect the values, beliefs and traditions of their own and other cultures.

Course Structure:

This subject focuses on the preparation of a sustained body of work in which personal art responses,   concepts and observations are presented. Students produce at least one finished artwork. It encourages the exploration of ideas through trialling and technical experimentation of materials and techniques. Students also use interpretive frameworks to respond critically to and analyse artworks, as well as discuss and debate art.

Assessed Tasks:

Outcome 1 – On completion of this unit the student should be able to use the Analytical Frameworks to analyse and interpret artworks produced before 1970 and artworks produced since 1970, and compare and contrast the meanings and messages of artworks produced before 1970 with those of artworks produced since 1970.

Outcome 2 – On completion of this unit the student should have progressively communicated ideas, directions and/or personal concepts in a body of work that includes at least one finished artwork.

VCAA Assessment:

The overall Study Score will consist of:  

Unit 3 school-assessed coursework: 10%, Unit 4 school-assessed coursework: 10%, Units 3 & 4   school-assessed task: 50% and End-of- year examination: 30%

Prerequisites: VCE Art Units 1 & 2 would be an advantage
Leads into: TAFE or University Arts Courses
Booklist Items: A3 Visual Diary
For further info: Art staff
Subject Cost: $60.00 for specialised Art Equipment and Art Gallery Excursions

 VCE Visual Communication and Design Units 1 & 2 – VC011/VC022

VCE Visual Communication and Design is suited to students who wish to extend their understanding of how ideas and information can be conveyed through visual means using drawing skills and computers, acquire skills in using design elements and design principles, develop skills in the appropriate selection and application of information and communication and use technology, media, materials and production methods in the production of visual communications.

Course Structure:

Students develop an understanding of instrumental drawing methods and freehand drawing including drawing from direct observation. This subject involves the study of a range of drawing methods, including relevant Australian Standards conventions. Students develop practical skills in the application of appropriate methods, design elements and principles, and information and communication technology. The subject also introduces students to the role of the design process in   visual communication production.

Assessed Tasks:

Outcome 1 – On completion of this unit the student should be able to complete instrumental drawings using a range of paraline drawing systems.

Outcome 2 – On completion of this unit the student should be able to draw from direct observation, in proportion, and render the drawings.

Outcome 3 – On completion of this unit the student should be able to explore and apply design elements and principles to satisfy a stated purpose.

VCAA Assessment:

Assessment Tasks and Portfolio

Prerequisites: Any Visual Arts Year 10 subject
Leads into: VCE Visual Communication Units 3 & 4
Booklist Items: A3 Visual Diary
For further info: Art staff
Subject Cost: $60.00 for specialised Art Equipment and Art Gallery Excursions

VCE Visual Communication and Design Units 3 & 4 – VC033/VC034

VCE Visual Communication and Design is suited to students who wish to extend their understanding of how ideas and information can be conveyed through visual means using drawing skills and computers, acquire skills in using design elements and design principles, develop skills in the appropriate selection and application of information and communication and use technology, media, materials and production methods in the production of visual communications.

Course Structure:

Students produce folios of work, which may be based on a variety of studies. These may include advertising, architecture, textile design, industrial design and cartooning. Students develop Design Briefs, research ideas and produce a collection of finished artworks. Students acquire insight into the world of visual communication and design, thus gaining understanding of how an item is created from the initial idea to the finished product.

Assessed Tasks:

Outcome 1 – On completion of this unit the student should be able to prepare one brief that describes a client’s communication need and specifies possible resolutions, and proposes two distinct final visual communication presentations suitable for a stated audience/s.

Outcome 2 – On completion of this unit the student should be able to prepare developmental work that explores design concepts relevant to the requirements of the brief developed for Outcome 1 and fulfils the requirements of that brief.

Outcome 3 – On completion of this unit the student should be able to produce two distinct final visual communication presentations that satisfy the requirements of the brief developed for Outcome 1.

VCAA Assessment:

The overall Study Score will consist of:  

Unit 3 school-assessed coursework: 33%, Unit 4 school-assessed task: 33%, End-of-year examination: 34%

Prerequisites: VCE Visual Communication and Design Units 1 & 2 would be an advantage
Leads into: TAFE or University Arts Courses
Booklist Items: A3 Visual Diary
For further info: Art staff
Subject Cost: $60.00 for specialised Art Equipment and Art Gallery Excursions

VCE Studio Art Units 1 & 2 – SA011/SA022

VCE Studio Arts is suited to students who are keen to express themselves creatively through art making, develop an individual design process to support the development of a body of art works and acquire an understanding of how artists develop styles and interpret subject matter.

Course Structure:

Units 1 & 2 focuses on using sources of inspiration and ideas as the basis for artworks and exploring a wide range of materials and techniques as tools for translating ideas, observations and experiences into visual form. This may be photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture or textile art. Students also explore how artists from different times and locations have interpreted ideas and sources of inspiration and used materials and techniques in the production of artworks.

Assessed Tasks:

Outcome 1 – On completion of this unit the student should be able to source inspiration, identify individual ideas and use a variety of methods to translate these into visual language.

Outcome 2 – On completion of this unit the student should be able to explore and use a variety of materials and techniques to support and record the development of individual ideas to produce artworks.

Outcome 3 – On completion of this unit the student should be able to discuss how artists from different times and cultures have interpreted sources of inspiration and used materials and techniques in the production of artworks.

VCAA Assessment:

Assessment Tasks and Portfolio

Prerequisites: Any Visual Arts Year 10 subject
Leads into: VCE Studio Art Units 3 & 4
Booklist Items: A3 Visual Diary
For further info: Art staff
Subject Cost: $60.00 for specialised Art Equipment and Art Gallery Excursions

 VCE Studio Art Units 3 & 4 – SA033/SA034

VCE Studio Art is suited to students who are keen to express themselves creatively through art making, develop an individual design process to support the development of a body of art works and acquire an understanding of how artists develop styles and interpret subject matter.

Course Structure:

Unit 3 & 4 focuses on the design process. Students write a design brief clearly defining their intentions and what their art is going to be about. Students have to select an area they wish to explore and work in. This may be photography, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture or textile art. This subject also explores professional practices amongst artists. Students investigate what motivates artists to produce their artwork and how artists respond to their own creative ideas and their use of material and techniques.

Assessed Tasks:

Outcome 1 – On completion of this unit the student should be able to prepare an exploration proposal that formulates the content and parameters of an individual design process and that include a plan of how the proposal will be undertaken.

Outcome 2 – On completion of this unit the student should be able to provide visual and written documentation that identifies the folio focus and evaluates the extent to which the finished artworks reflect the selected potential directions, and effectively demonstrate a cohesive relationship between the works.

Outcome 3 – On completion of this unit the student should be able to discuss art practices in relation to particular artworks of at least two artists and analyse ways in which artists develop their styles.

VCAA Assessment:

The overall Study Score will consist of: 

Unit 3 school-assessed task: 33%, Unit 4 school-assessed task: 33 % and End-of-year examination: 34%

Prerequisites: VCE Studio Art Units 1 & 2 would be an advantage
Leads into: TAFE or University Arts Courses
Booklist Items: A3 Visual Diary
For further info: Art staff
Subject Cost: $60.00 for specialised Art Equipment and Art Gallery Excursions