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Stage 2 Visual Arts - Design

Course Length: 20-credit
Learning Area: Arts

Where does it lead?

Design provides an excellent background for a wide range of tertiary courses and careers. Tertiary courses include Architectural Design, Engineering (Architectural), Industrial Design, Education (Visual Arts), Built Environment, Media Design and careers include Architecture, Interior Design, Illustration, Web Design, Graphic Design, Town Planning, Landscape Design, Product Design and Teaching.

What is in the course

The course is designed to develop students’ critical understanding of historical and contemporary visual arts through analysis, research and practice. As well, attention is paid to the understanding of the visual qualities of various environments and understanding the role of visual arts in the community, including a range of social and cultural perspectives. An important element will be the development of the skills required to take an idea from conception though to planning and completion. It is a requirement for students to create two finished major design practicals. These must be supported by a Folio of backup work outlining the development of the ideas including artefacts such as preparatory experiments, prototypes and drawings. A Visual Study analysing a Visual Arts – Design topic of the student’s choice, negotiated with the teacher is another component.

Drawing skills are an advantage, but not essential.


  • Practical
  • Folio
  • Visual Study


  • Stage 2 Visual Arts – Design and Stage 2 Visual Arts – Art are a precluded combination in the calculation of the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR).


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