Visual Arts involves students in art making, art criticism and art history. Students use a process of ideas and experiment with a variety of art making techniques and media. In the theory component, students critically and historically investigate artworks, critics, historians and artists from Australia as well as from other cultures, traditions and times. The Preliminary course is broad, while the HSC course provides for deeper, increasingly more independent investigations culminating in the ‘body of work’ (formerly the “major artwork”). In the HSC course students will pursue their own practical interests, culminating in the making of a `body of work’. Students work in many areas including: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, computer digital imaging, multi media, design to film and animation. These can also be the focus for the submitted HSC artworks.
Visual Design is a Studio practice or Digital studio based course that encompasses many of the media areas of the arts from traditional design to the computer and digital imaging. Traditional design work from printmaking to ceramics is also practiced. The Visual Design course also provides a launching ground for students who wish to follow a career in the ever growing design arts industry. Students doing the Digital studio course have access to all the latest Adobe products in a dedicated computer lab and are taught by one of Australia's Adobe Education Leaders.
This course is for students interested in learning the basic principals and fundamental skills in Art Photography. Photography is a practical based course, part of the Visual Arts Faculty. Many students have undertaken this course prior to gaining careers in the photographic, arts or design industry whilst some students elect this course to support their Visual Arts Studies. Photography, visual imagery and its products are an integral part of our lives. We view significant events in snapshots, daily in newspapers and on the television news; we study pictures that figure prominently in magazines and books; we see satellite photographs of cloud cover on television weather reports; we know the surface of Mars and the moons of Jupiter from computer-enhanced images transmitted across space; we take x-ray photographs of our interiors to a doctor for interpretation; we use photocopiers and fax machines as standard office equipment and understand how photo technologies extend across the arts to mass media, information technology as well as advertising, fashion, popular culture and new digital directions/technology.