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Visual Arts

The study of Visual Arts provide opportunities for students to have opportunities to learn and communicate personal interpretations by working as both artist and audience.
In making artworks, students use their imagination and creativity to innovatively solve problems and experiment with visual language and expression. Students develop skills when they apply diverse materials, techniques, technologies and art processes. In responding to artworks, students investigate artistic expression and critically analyse artworks in diverse contexts. They consider meaning, purpose and theoretical approaches such as literacy and numeracy when understanding aesthetics.
Students may also have the opportunity to interact with artists, artworks, institutions and communities to enrich their knowledge of Visual Arts. Throughout each semester, students will explore inquiry learning which includes four interrelated, non-hierarchical and non-sequential processes: developing, researching, resolving and reflecting. Through making, responding, resolution and display of artworks, students understand and appreciate the role of Visual Arts in past and present traditions and cultures.
A course of study in Visual Art helps develop the following 21st century skills: critical thinking, creative thinking, communication, collaboration and teamwork, personal and social skills, information and communication technologies (ICT) skills. The processes and practices of Visual Art, such as self-directed learning and creative problem-solving, develop transferable 21st century skills that are highly valued in many areas of employment. Organisation increasingly seek employees who demonstrate work-related creativity, innovative thinking and diversity.
A course of study in Visual Art can establish a basis for further education and employment in the fields of art, craft and design practice as well as broader areas in the creative industries and cultural institutions. Diverse fields that may use skills inherent in the subject, include advertising, art administration and management, communication, education, galleries and museums, film and television, public relations and science and technology.
By the conclusion of the course of study, students will:
  • Implement ideas and representations
  • Apply literacy skills
  • Analyse and interpret visual language, expression and meaning in artworks and practices
  • Evaluate art practices, traditions, cultures and theories
  • Justify viewpoints
  • Experiment in response to stimulus
  • Create meaning through the knowledge and understanding of materials, techniques, technologies and art processes
  • Realise responses to communicate meaning
For more information, please see the 2019 Curriculum Handbook.