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Stage 1 Visual Arts - Art

Course Length: 10-credit or 20-credit
Learning Area: Arts

Where does it lead?

Art provides an excellent background for a wide range of tertiary courses and careers. Tertiary courses include Visual Art Studies, Art History, Visual Communication, Media Studies and Digital Art, and career options include becoming an artist, jeweller, printmaker, photographer, film- maker, animator, curator, art teacher or arts administrator among others. Art offers the opportunity for involvement and enjoyment in a life-long process.

What is in the course?

Art is a discipline concerned with creative self-expression. It aims to help students create and interpret works of visual art and allows for considerable freedom of choice, both in the practical and theoretical components of the course. The practical and theoretical work is closely allied with investigations into artists and visits to exhibitions. Initially, students are required to experiment with materials and complete a small artwork of their own choice. Throughout the course students keep an artist’s folio, which is a record of their visual thinking. The folio documents idea development, exploration and experimentation leading towards the practical works. The Visual Study is a practically based, research task that broadens students’ understanding of historical and contemporary art.

Drawing skills are an advantage, though not essential. In senior years Art is as much about ideas and concepts as about painting and drawing skills.


  • Finals
  • Folio
  • Visual Study
  • Examination


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