Visual Art - 1VAA10 & 2VAA20 (Art)    1VAD10 and 2VAD20 (Design)

Visual Arts is categorised into the two broad areas of Art and Design.

The broad area of Art encompasses both artistic and crafting methods and outcomes. The processes of creation in both art and craft include the initiation and development of ideas, research, analysis, and exploration, experimentation with media and technique, and resolution and production of practical work.

The broad area of Design encompasses communication and graphic design, environmental design, and product design. It emphasises a problem-solving approach to the generation of ideas or concepts, and the development of visual representation skills to communicate resolutions.

Visual Arts engages students in conceptual, practical, analytical, and contextual aspects of creative human endeavour. It emphasises visual thinking and investigation and the ability to develop ideas and concepts, refine technical skills, and produce imaginative solutions. An integral part of Visual Arts is the documentation of visual thinking. Students learn to communicate personal ideas, beliefs, values, thoughts, feelings, concepts, and opinions, provide observations of their lived or imagined experiences, and represent these in visual form.

Stage 1 & 2 Topics

  • Visual Thinking
  • Practical Resolution
  • Visual Arts in Context

Stage 2 Assessment (Stage 1 Assessment mirrors the requirements for Stage 2)

School-based Assessment                                    Weighting                   
Folio 40%
Practical 30%
External Assessment  
Visual Study 30%

Drama - 1DRM10 & 2DRM20

Students have the opportunity to develop their curiosity and imagination, creativity, individuality, personal identity, self-esteem, and confidence. They also have opportunities to improve their skills in experimentation, communication, self-discipline, collaboration, teamwork, and leadership. Students learn to acknowledge and respect diversity and different perspectives on the world.

Drama is a dynamic, collaborative process, stemming from experimentation, that involves intuition and analysis. Students analyse texts and other materials, performances, and their own learning. Drama enables students to 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 the intellectual. As students experience diverse perspectives and challenge their own imaginations, they have the opportunity to develop confidence in the validity of their own ideas.

Stage 1 Topics      Stage 2 Topics     
  • Presentation of Dramatic Works
  • Dramatic Theory and Practice
  • Individual Investigation and Presentation    
  • Group Analysis and Creative Interpretation   
  • Review and Reflection
  • Interpretative Study
  • Presentation of Dramatic Works

Stage 2 Assessment (Stage 1 Assessment mirrors the requirements for Stage 2)

School-based Assessment                               Weighting                   
Folio 30%
Interpretative Study 40%
External Assessment  
Performance 30%

Dance - 1DAE10 & 2DAE20

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.

Stage 1 Topics   Stage 2 Topics    
  • Technique
  • Composition
  • Performance or Presentation     
  • Response
  • Skills Development      
  • Dance Perspectives
  • Group Production

Stage 2 Assessment (Stage 1 Assessment mirrors the requirements of Stage 2)

School-based Assessment                            Weighting                               
Skill Development 50%
Response 20%
External Assessment  
Performance 30%

Music Advanced - 1MUV10

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. Music Advanced is designed to extend students' existing musical understanding and skills in creating and responding to music.

Music Advanced provides a pathway to the Stage 2 music subjects:

  • Music Performance — Ensemble (2MEB10)
  • Music Performance — Solo (2MSO10)
  • Music Studies (2MSI20)

Stage 1 Topics

  • Understanding music
  • Creating music
  • Responding to music

Stage 1 Assessment

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

  • Creative Works
  • Musical Literacy

Music Performance – Ensemble - 2MEB10

Ensemble students develop and extend their musical skills and techniques in creating performances as part of an ensemble. They interpret musical works, and apply to their performances an understanding of the style, structure, and conventions appropriate to the repertoire.

Students extend their musical literacy through discussing key musical elements of the repertoire, and interpreting creative works. Students express their musical ideas through performing, critiquing, and evaluating their own performances. Students are required to participate in regular rehearsals and performances, some of which may be outside school hours.

Stage 2 Topics

  • Understanding music
  • Performing music
  • Responding to music

Stage 2 Assessment

School-based Assessment                            Weighting             
Performance 30%
Performance and Discussion  40%
External Assessment  
Performance Portfolio 30%

Music Performance - Solo - 2MSO10

Solo students develop and extend their musical skills and techniques in creating their own solo performances. They interpret their chosen musical works, and apply to their performances an understanding of the style, structure, and conventions appropriate to their repertoire.

Students extend their musical literacy through discussing key musical elements of their chosen repertoire, and interpreting creative works. Students express their musical ideas through performing, critiquing, and evaluating their performances.

Stage 2 Topics

  • Understanding music
  • Performing music
  • Responding to music

Stage 2 Assessment

School-based Assessment                                  Weighting                     
Performance 30%
Performance and Discussion 40%
External Assessment  
Performance Portfolio 30%

Music Individual Study - 2MSI20

In this subject, students develop an understanding of selected musical works and styles, including how composers manipulate elements of music, and apply this understanding to creating their own music as performances or compositions. They develop and apply their musical literacy skills and express their musical ideas through responding to their own works, interpreting musical works, and/or manipulating musical elements. Students synthesise the findings of their study, and express their musical ideas through their creative works, responses, and reflections.

Stage 2 Topics

  • Understanding music
  • Creating music
  • Responding to music

Stage 2 Assessment

School-based Assessment                          Weighting                  
Creative Works 40%
Musical Literacy 30%
External Assessment  
130-minute Examination 30%