Stage 6 Creative Arts

The Visual Arts course provides theoretical and practical avenues of exploration in the visual arts.  Students will build upon previous artistic skills and develop various methods of analyzing artworks.  Students are encouraged to express their views visually and be able to articulate their findings in a theoretical sense.  The course is designed to complement other subjects as their observation, research, critical analyses and communication skills are enhanced.  Students in the Preliminary stage will be studying artists and the art movements.   Experimentation and developing ideas through research will be a major focus at this stage.  The HSC students will be preparing their Body of Work which is related to a theme and open to a choice of mediums – drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, digital media, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and fiber, designed objects (including jewellery, architecture or product design) or film and video.  Through each unit their will be reference to the influence of Christian artists and the role of Christianity in art generally.  They will be able to research and critique the work of artists through case studies.

The Visual Arts course provides theoretical and practical avenues of exploration in the visual arts.  Students will build upon previous artistic skills and develop various methods of analyzing artworks.  Students are encouraged to express their views visually and be able to articulate their findings in a theoretical sense.  The course is designed to complement other subjects as their observation, research, critical analyses and communication skills are enhanced.  Students in the Preliminary stage will be studying artists and the art movements.   Experimentation and developing ideas through research will be a major focus at this stage.  The HSC students will be preparing their Body of Work which is related to a theme and open to a choice of mediums – drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, digital media, graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and fiber, designed objects (including jewellery, architecture or product design) or film and video.  Through each unit their will be reference to the influence of Christian artists and the role of Christianity in art generally.  They will be able to research and critique the work of artists through case studies.

Course Description:

Drama is a mode of creative expression which allows humans to reflect their Creator and the teachings of his Word. Drama can play a vital role in contemporary worship and teaching both in churches and in broader settings, as it has throughout history. Students are encouraged to use their God-given gifts in their home churches and the broader community to reach people for Christ and convict them of the truths of His Word.

Study of Drama at stage Six level will equip students to understand and appreciate these truths as well as gaining another means of expressing their God – formed nature through the creativity of dramatic expression.

In Drama, the practices of Making, Performing, and Critically Studying interrelate. Students learn to engage in a collaborative process in which they explore, shape and symbolically represent imagination, ideas, feelings, attitudes, beliefs and their consequences.

Students learn through activities such as reading, thinking, discussing, writing and research in printed and electronic texts; investigative workshops in which practical questions are explored, reflected upon and analysed; and dramatic and theatrical presentations and performances in which work is offered to an audience for response. Through oral and written responses students learn how to describe, interpret and evaluate material. They learn to analyse theoretical underpinnings and implications, making connections between different works, practices and ideas.

Such critical study applies equally to the work undertaken in the Preliminary course and to the components of the HSC course.

Our Drama course will enable students to continue to develop into active Christian participants in our community. Students will be encouraged and equipped to critique texts from a Christian worldview, considering them from a Biblical standpoint, to enable them to counter the world’s secular view of Drama.

Drama is a dynamic learning experience that caters for a diverse range of students and prepares them for effective and responsible participation in society, taking account of moral, ethical and spiritual considerations. The study of drama engages and challenges students to maximise their individual abilities through imaginative, dramatic experiences created in cooperation with others.