ARTS DOMAIN


Jess Gray
Arts Learning Leader

The Arts enable students to develop their creative and expressive capacities by learning about the different practices, disciplines and traditions that have shaped the expression of culture locally, nationally and globally.

Students are both artist and audience in the Arts. They make and respond and learn to appreciate the specific ways this occurs in different disciplines including the performing arts and the world of visual representation and expression.

The Arts includes Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music, Visual Arts and Visual Communication Design.

Drama 3-4

  • Collaborate on a group theatrical performance
  • Create and present your own solo
  • Watch and review a professional theatre production

Subject Code: V2ADR
Year Level: 12

Unit 3: Ensemble Performance

Our class focuses on non-naturalistic theatre, including a variety of cultural and contemporary performance traditions. We collaborate to create and present a group performance, documenting the steps in your Drama Folio.  You also get to view  and review a professional theatre performance,

Assessment
  • script creation 
  • ensemble performance and analysis
  • play review

 

Unit 4: Solo Performance

We focus on the creation and development of characters within two different solo performances. You develop practical play-making skills such as research, improvisation and script editing and polishing. You present your solos to a select audience for feedback and admiration.

Assessment
  • create and present a short solo performance and evaluate the processes used
  • describe, analyse and evaluate the creation, development and presentation of a prescribed solo performance

 

What sort of student would like Drama?

Someone who enjoys performing and working with others to create characters and scripts. You should like investigating character types and exploring a variety of non-naturalistic performance styles and techniques.

Pre-requisites

Pathways and/or Drama Units 1 & 2 

Other considerations

Effective time management and strong organisational skills are essential. 

Much of the script-writing and rehearsals will take place outside of class time. You must also be available to attend excursions. 

 

Media 3-4

  • Analyse audience reactions to films
  • Make your own individual narrative media product
  • Study the impact of media on society

Subject Code: V2AME
Year Level: 12

Unit 3: Media narrative and pre-production

We examine fictional and non-fictional narratives (two feature length films) and assess how audiences from different periods of time and contexts are engaged by, consume and read these narratives. We study how media codes and conventions are used to construct meaning and how this construction is influenced by social, cultural, ideological and institutional contexts of production, distribution, consumption and reception. You also create your own media production.

What does this mean for me?

If you like analysing films and creating your own media production (can be film, photography, animation, print media or convergent media forms) then you shall enjoy this unit.

Assessment
  • written analysis of two professionally produced narrative fictional media texts
  • two technical exercises relevant to the specifications identified in the production of a design plan preparation of a media production design plan

 

Unit 4: Media production and issues in the media

You bring your media production planned in Unit 3 to life! We also explore the relationship between the media and audiences, focusing on the opportunities and challenges afforded by current developments in the media industry. Our class considers the nature of communication between the media and audiences, explores the capacity of the media to be used by governments, institutions and audiences, and analyses the role of the Australian government in regulating the media.

What does this mean for me?

You film, photograph or produce your media production and export it or print it to present it as completed. If you enjoy doing hands-on production work then you shall enjoy this unit. We also engage in theoretical study of the media industry and its developments plus the theories behind media regulation and influence.

Assessment
  • final production of your media product
  • written analysis (SAC) of media influences and challenges

 

What sort of student would like Media?

Someone who:

  • is interested in working in the media/communications industry in the future
  • enjoys planning and creating their own media production (a choice of film, photography, animation or print)
  • enjoys studies of psychology, sociology, history and English
Pre-requisites

Preferably Media Units 1 & 2.

 

Music Performance 3-4

  • Solo and group performances
  • Familiarise yourself with music language 
  • Grasp instrumental techniques

Subject Code: V2AMP
Year Level: 12

Unit 3

You present convincing performances as part of a group, as well as solo contexts in a range of styles. We become familiar with a range of styles in both group and solo contexts and instrumental techniques to shape performance. We study performance conventions, sight-reading and improvisation, aural and music theory, transcription and analysis.

Unit 4

You refine the ability to present convincing performances of group and solo works. We focus on performance of group and solo works in different styles, development of aural skills and comprehension, transcription, theory, analysis, sight-reading and improvisation. 

What does this mean for me?
  • You need to be a motivated and committed musician.
  • This unit would not suit a beginner. You may need a private teacher to maximise your potential.
  • Speak to Luke Godfrey, our Music Director, about accessing additional music tuition.

You film, photograph or produce your media production and export it or print it to present it as completed. If you enjoy doing hands-on production work then you shall enjoy this unit. We also engage in theoretical study of the media industry and its developments plus the theories behind media regulation and influence.

Assessment
  • demonstration test of performance techniques, technical work and exercises
  • report on how performance techniques, technical work and exercises support the demonstration test material
  • sight reading or improvisation
  • aural, written and practical test
  • a program of works on a chosen instrument that runs for 25 minutes and is externally assessed (Unit 4)
What sort of student would like Music Performance?

Someone who wants to extend themselves on their instrument of study. This is a unit for musicians who have a love for playing and wish to build their performance skills, experience and understanding.

Pre-requisites

For Units 3-4, completion of Pathways and Year 11 Music units, a private instrumental teacher, and participation in the College’s band and choral programs.

Other considerations

You need to be a motivated and committed musician.

This unit would not suit a beginner. You may need a private teacher to maximise your potential.

Speak to Luke Godfrey, our Music Director, about accessing additional music tuition.

 

Studio Arts 3-4

  • Trial and explore a range of art making materials and techniques 
  • Make two final artworks of your choice
  • Investigate the processes and influences of artists 

Subject Code: V2ASA
Year Level: 12

Unit 3: Studio practices and processes

We focus on the implementation of an individual studio process leading to the production of a range of potential directions.

What does this mean for me?

You develop and use an exploration proposal, plan and apply a studio process to develop your individual ideas to produce a range of visual explorations and potential directions. We explore professional art practices of artists from different historical and cultural contexts.

Assessment
  • school assessed coursework 5%
  • school assessed task 30%

 

Unit 4: Studio practice and art industry contexts

We focus on planning, production and evaluation required to develop, refine and present artworks that link cohesively to the ideas resolved in Unit 3.

What does this mean for me?

You present a visual and written evaluation that explains why you selected a range of potential directions from Unit 3 to produce at least two finished artworks. The development of these artworks reflects refinement and skill application of materials and techniques. Aspects of the art industry are studied with the focus on at least two different exhibitions and the roles of galleries and staff.

Assessment
  • school assessed coursework 5%
  • school assessed task 30%
  • end of year exam (unit 3 & 4) 30%

 

What sort of student would like Studio Arts?

Someone who enjoys visual arts, photography and design.

Pre-requisites

To undertake Unit 3 and 4, it is preferable to have completed Unit 1 and 2.

Other considerations

Students may be required to purchase some of their own materials.

 

Visual Communication Design 3-4

  • Understand the process of a professional designer
  • Develop a folio addressing two design needs
  • Investigate different media and  materials to create visual communications

Subject Code: V2AVC
Year Level: 12

Unit 3: Visual communication design practices

In this unit students gain an understanding of the process designers employ to structure their thinking and communicate ideas with clients, target audiences, other designers and specialists. Through practical investigation and analysis of existing visual communications, students gain insight into how the selection of methods, media and materials, and the application of design elements and design principles, can create effective visual communications for specific audiences and purposes. They investigate and experiment with the use of manual and digital methods, media and materials to make informed decisions when selecting suitable approaches for the development of their own design ideas and concepts.

Unit 4: Visual communication design development, evaluation and presentation

The focus of this unit is on the development of design concepts and two final presentations of visual communications to meet the requirements of the brief. This involves applying the design process twice to meet each of the stated communication needs. Having completed their brief and generated ideas in Unit 3, students continue the design process by developing and refining concepts for each communication need stated in the brief. They utilise a range of digital and manual two- and three-dimensional methods, media and materials. They investigate how the application of design elements and design principles creates different communication messages and conveys ideas to the target audience.

Assessment
  • analysis and evaluation reports
  • industry study reports
  • pitch at the conclusion of folio work
  • folio work
  • end of year exam
What sort of student would like Visual Communication Design?

Visual Communication Design is a useful pathway for students wanting a career in any type of design such as; graphic, interior, architectural, fashion, environmental, landscape and industrial design. 

Pre-requisites

Visual Communication Unit 1-2 would be useful but not essential. Some knowledge and interest in using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator is strongly advised.

Other considerations

Visual Communication Design is a useful pathway for students wanting a career in any type of design such as; graphic, interior, architectural, fashion, environmental, landscape and industrial design.