Visual Art

In accordance with the Stage 6 syllabus, assessment is divided into 50% Art Making and 50% Art Criticism and History. Students gain increasing intellectual autonomy in their abilities to aesthetically and persuasively represent ideas in Visual Arts


Preliminary (Year 11)

Term 1

‘Exploring My World' – An Investigation of Site Specific Sculpture

This unit involves an exploration of contemporary site-specific sculpture in response to issues in the student's world. It has been tailored to facilitate both individual and collaborative problem solving, with the artmaking component requiring students to complete a collaborative installation in the school context. Students are challenged through the material investigation of ‘site' using a variety of material processes and mediums.


The program requires students to become critical consumers of the world in which they live. The VAPD will be used as both a tool for communication and personal planning. The use of the diary is synonymous with the documentation many site-specific artists carry out themselves.  Alongside this, the program introduces students to the nature of site-specific art and a variety of contemporary artists working at the forefront of environmental, and site-specific art. Students are exposed to the interrelationships existing between the practice of art making, critical and historical studies


Term 2

‘Patterns of Place' – A Conceptual Exploration of Site

This program is designed to extend on Exploring My World: Site Specific Sculpture. However rather then focus on the use of ‘site' for integration into artmaking e.g. creating a site specific sculpture, students now use ‘site' as a point of inspiration for artmaking. A meaningful ‘place' associated with the student will be used as a stimulus for artmaking, where students will respond through a variety of mediums to this ‘place' as it exists for them. Students engagement with a variety of artistic forms will foster a therapeutic relationship with their significant ‘place' and through their process they will be encouraged to question the function of memory and experience and the ways in which it impacts on their relationship with this place or site.


Students are challenged to engage with the material and conceptual investigation of ‘place' using a variety of material processes and mediums.  Students gain new skills in the practices of printmaking, mixed media and watercolour painting, while researching a range of artists responding to places of significance through critical and historical study.


Term 3

‘Making Rules, Breaking Rules' – An Investigation of Postmodernism

This unit involves an exploration of the postmodern condition and a range of practices that exist 'outside the mainstream'. Students examine how traditions across time have been challenged by the artist and how the role of the audience has shifted, particularly post 1970s following postmodernism. It has been designed to encourage conceptual engagement with the students world as well as to foster independent and critical thinking skills. Students are challenged to respond to events in their world in innovating and interesting ways. The VAPD will be used as both a tool for communication and personal planning. Students continue to explore the interrelationships existing between the practice of art making, critical and historical studies.



HSC (Year 12)

This course has an equal weighting of Art Making and Art Criticism and History. The final assessment is the submission of a Body of Work and an examination.


5 Case Studies

Throughout this course, students will be required to complete 5 case studies. These case studies aim to develop students understanding of a wide range of both practical and conceptual artist's practices throughout art history. Students will cover an array of expressive forms, developing their ability to thoroughly analyse, contextualise and critique artwork through utilisation of the Frames and Conceptual Framework.


Case studies covered will specifically focus on Art Movements, Picasso and Psychology in Art, Post Modernism, Art, Architecture and the Object and Art and Technology.


Visual Arts Process Diary

Students will develop a thorough VAPD throughout the course duration. This document will be utilised for not only the development and for research for their individual Body of Work, but will also be presented with their practical work for both class and H.S.C. formal assessments.


This document should contain preliminary planning and ongoing organisation, practical and conceptual development towards students' Body of Work along with any theory that has been completed throughout the course.


Body of Work

Students submit a body of work for external HSC assessment at the conclusion of the course. This is a culmination of their art marking throughout the course and is guided by their personal interests, ideas and inspiration.