The Arts represent an outlet of human expression, usually influenced by culture, and driven by human creative impulse. From prehistoric cave paintings to modern day films, art serves as a vessel for storytelling and conveying mankind’s relationship with its environment.
The Arts Learning Area engages students with a range of courses encouraging the development of artistic appreciation and performance skills in visual and performance arts.
The Drama General course focuses on aesthetic understanding and drama in practice as students integrate their knowledge and skills. They use the elements and conventions of drama to develop and present ideas and explore personal and cultural issues. They engage in drama processes, such as improvisation, play building, text interpretation, playwriting and dramaturgy which allow them to create original drama and interpret a range of texts written or devised by others. Their work in this course includes production and design aspects involving sets, costumes, makeup, props, promotional materials, stage management, front-of-house activities, and sound and lighting. Increasingly, students use technologies, such as digital sound and multimedia. They present drama to a range of audiences and work in different performance settings.
The Dance General course acknowledges the interrelationship between practical and theoretical aspects of dance-the making and performing of movement and the appreciation of its meaning. Through decision-making in individual and group work, students use a wide range of creative processes, such as improvisation and the use of choreographic elements and devices to create dance works. They also learn how dance styles and forms are historically derived and culturally valued. Through dance, students experience an intrinsic sense of enjoyment and have an opportunity to achieve a high level of movement skills. It is an expectation that students doing this course will be involved in a Performing Arts event/evening. It is also a requirement that all students perform in front of an audience for assessment purposes.
In the Visual Arts General course students explore ways to generate and develop artworks based on their lives, personal experiences and local environment. They use a variety of inquiry approaches, techniques and processes aimed at developing a sense of observation to express personal beliefs, opinions and feelings. Students acquire various skills using processes of experimentation and discovery. They manipulate a variety of media and materials in a range of art forms to create original artworks; discover ways to compile and record and reflect on their experiences that promote a fundamental understanding of visual language.
Students investigate the work of other artists to identify stylistic features of art forms from different times and places and explore ways to manipulate art elements and principles to generate, develop and produce their own artwork.
The Media Production and Analysis General course aims to prepare students for a future in a digital and interconnected world by providing the skills, knowledge and understandings to tell their own stories and interpret the stories of others. Students are encouraged to explore, experiment and interpret their world, reflecting and analysing contemporary life, while understanding that this is done under social, cultural and institutional constraints. Students, as users and creators of media products, consider the important role of audiences and their context. This course focuses on the development of technical skills in the practical process.
Offers all senior secondary students the opportunity to advance their mathematical skills.
In this course students will use technology processes to design and produce products.
Students learn about the English language: how it works and how to use it effectively. Language plays a central role in human life:
The Integrated Science course enables students to investigate science issues, in the context of the world around them.