The Visual Arts incorporates a range of courses that offer students the opportunity to discover and explore their own creativity, develop skills and learn about the importance of art and design both historically and within their everyday lives. Courses offered include Visual Art, Graphic Design and Digital Photography.
At the core of Visual Arts is the concept of communicating and developing ideas. An understanding of visual communication and visual literacy can prepare students for further studies in many areas such as;
Fashion / Textile design
3D Product Design
Computer game design, and many more.
Also at the core of the Arts is the development of skills, techniques and processes.
Visual Art courses focus on traditional art forms such as drawing, painting, sculpture and print media. Students develop their skills through experimentation and selection of materials to create quality works of art.
Graphic Design courses provide students with the opportunity to develop skills in both traditional and digital design methods. Students have access to state of the art digital tools where they develop digital design skills, as well as focusing on aspects such as composition and layout.
Digital Photography courses offer students the opportunity to develop photography skills, as well as photo editing and manipulation skills. Students have access to a well equipped studio with professional lighting and backdrops, in addition to a selection of basic digital cameras for lower school and Digital SLR cameras for senior school.
Students have the opportunity to create both fine art, craft and design based work.
In Years 11 and 12 students follow a General course which gives them 4 units towards the achievement of their WACE certificate. The General course provides an excellent foundation for students to enter the world of Art and Design. Careers in Art and Design range from interior design, graphic design, product design, fashion design, architecture, textile design and visual art teacher/lecturer. The course also facilitates pathways into careers such as hairdressing and beauty and floristry as well as developing analytical thinking and problem solving skills.