Visual Art - 1VAA & 2VAA

Students research, analyse, explore and experiment with media and technique, and resolve and produce practical work. They use visual thinking and investigation to develop ideas and concepts, refine technical skills, and produce imaginative solutions. Students learn to communicate personal ideas, beliefs, values, thoughts, feelings, concepts and opinions, and provide observations of their lived or imagined experiences in visual form.

Content
For 20-credit programs, with a focus on either art or design, the following three areas of study are covered:

  • Visual Thinking
  • Practical Resolution
  • Visual Arts in Context 

Drama - 1DRM & 2DRM

Students acquire the skills and understanding to generate creative and imaginative solutions to the challenge of staging theatrical works. Drama values the exploration of all forms of learning, integrating the creative with the physical and intellectual. Students analyse texts and other materials, performances and their own learning. As students experience diverse perspectives and challenge their own imaginations, they have the opportunity to develop confidence in their own ideas.

Content
There are four areas of study:

  • Group Analysis and Creative Interpretation
  • Review and Reflection
  • Interpretative Study
  • Presentation of Dramatic Works

Dance - 1DAE & 2DAE

Dance is the language of movement. It is the realisation of the body’s potential as an instrument of expression. Throughout history and in different cultures, people have explored the dancer’s ability to communicate and give expression to social, cultural, and personal experience. In Dance, students develop creative, technical, and physical understanding, and an appreciation of dance as an art form. Dance has its own specific language and processes that students learn in theory and practice through the study of technique, composition, choreography, performance, and critical analysis. Dance offers opportunities for the development of students’ creativity, self-discipline, self-esteem, personal identity, and confidence.

Content
Stage 2 Dance is a 20-credit subject that consists of the following three areas of study:

  • Skills Development - choreography, technique, and a folio based on either the choreography or the technique study
  • Dance Perspectives - this area of study aims to expand students’ knowledge and understanding of dance in both a historical period and a contemporary period, across local, national, or global settings, or including different cultural perspectives
  • Group Production - the group production provides students with the opportunity to participate in, and reflect on, the presentation, rehearsal, and performance of a major dance production. This area of study is intended to give students an overview of the process of creating, presenting, and performing a dance production.

Music Advanced - 2MVS

This subject is recommended for students who have a great deal of personal motivation and initiative, and who are self-directed learners. There is an expectation that the student enrolling in a performance based focus is engaged in private music, instrumental or vocal tuition to support the student’s development and success in this subject. In negotiation with the teacher, students chose two areas of focus.

Content
Stage 2 Music is made up of two 10-credit subject which run the entire year. Students, in consultation with their teacher chose two the following areas of focus:

Musicianship - Stage 2 Musicianship has three areas of study, which constitute the core concepts:

  • Theory, Aural Recognition, and Musical Techniques
  • Harmony
  • Arrangement

Students demonstrate their evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:

Solo Performance - Stage 2 Solo Performance develops students’ skills on a chosen instrument or their voice, and the application of these skills, musical understanding, and aesthetic awareness in a solo performance. Students also develop skills in preparing and presenting public performances, aural perception and musical sensitivity, and awareness of style, structure, and historical conventions in solo performance.

Students demonstrate their evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:

Ensemble Performance - Stage 2 Ensemble Performance develops students’ skills on a chosen instrument or their voice and the application of these skills and other musical knowledge in an ensemble. Students develop ensemble performance skills as well as aural perception, musical sensitivity, and an awareness of style, structure, and historical conventions in ensemble performance. Students are required to participate in regular rehearsals and performances, some of which may be outside school hours.

Students demonstrate their evidence of their learning through the following assessment types:

Music Individual Study - This subject allows students to undertake an individually negotiated topic in an area of interest. Students pursue an area of interest that is directly applicable to their intended vocation, career, further study, or recreation. Students develop skills in documenting the processes of negotiating, planning, structuring, developing, and evaluating their learning.

Students demonstrate their evidence of their learning through the following assessment types: