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In creative arts, students discover a variety of art forms through the study of dance, drama, music and visual arts.

Studying the creative arts, students learn to appreciate, compose, listen, make and perform. Each art form has its own unique knowledge and skills, elements or concepts as well as a capacity to inspire and enrich lives.

Students must study 100 hours of both music and visual arts during Years 7 to 10. They also have an opportunity to further develop their knowledge and skills in other art forms through elective subjects including drama, dance, photography and visual design. Students can then select from a range of courses in Years 11 to 12.

In Creative Arts, students fulfil the mandatory course requirements in the areas of Visual Arts and Music. Cromer Campus students are given the unique opportunity to study dance and drama in stage 4. Students are provided with the opportunity to extend their knowledge and specialize in one or more of the additional programs offered: Visual Arts, Photography, Music, Dance and Drama. In the senior years, candidates sitting for the Higher School Certificate may elect to pursue studies in any of these areas.

Additionally, the Creative Arts faculty provides opportunities for students to participate in a number of extra-curricular activities including band, choir, art club dance and music ensembles. Performance engagements occur locally and regionally at various eisteddfods and festivals.


The Drama syllabus allows for a wide variety of approaches. The emphasis in Drama study is on improvisation, play building, stagecraft, the reading and writing of scripts as texts for performance and the place of Drama in society, present and past.

Students develop abilities to communicate with increased skill and confidence to use their voices and body movements effectively and to work cooperatively in group situations.

Students also prepare scripts for public performances, experience and analyse live and recorded performances and reflect on their own creative work.

Students are given the opportunity to take part in school productions, Performing Arts showcases and many other creative events during the year.


The study of dance as an artform is the philosophical base of the Dance Years 7–10 Syllabus. ‘Dance as an artform' distinguishes the content and teaching approaches that are used in the teaching of dance as art in education. It underpins the students' artistic, aesthetic and cultural education through dance.

The conceptual basis of the study of dance as an artform centres on the three practices of performance, composition and appreciation of dance as works of art. Equal emphasis is placed on the processes of experience and end products. Students learn both movement principles and stylised techniques, and they learn through both problem-solving and directed teaching. The development of creativity, imagination and individuality is emphasised equally with knowledge of theatre dance.


Music covers performance, composition, harmony and history. A study of music can lead to higher academic qualifications, to a wide variety of career opportunities (in radio, television and film for example) and to greater appreciation for leisure and hobby interests.

Music studied includes Classical, Jazz, Popular and Rock and students selected in the school band practise their skills and frequently give public performances at school based and community events.


The subject of Visual Arts is theoretically and practically sustained by practice, the frames, and a conceptual framework about art. These underpinnings form the basis for content and accommodate the range of student abilities and interests.

Fostering interest and enjoyment in the production and consumption of art, the subject seeks to build informed citizens and discerning audiences for art and to raise the standard of cultural awareness in contemporary society. In contemporary societies many types of knowledge are increasingly managed through imagery and spectacle and much of students' knowledge is acquired in this way. The subject of Visual Arts serves to facilitate the interpretation of such information.

Through the making and studying of art, students develop an informed point of view that acknowledges different sets of beliefs and values, and respects cultural diversity. The subject rewards individual thinking and develops students' skills in reflection, critical thinking and judgement.

In art making, aspects of content are engaged with through the making of artworks in at least two of the expressive forms (e.g. painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, digital media). In art criticism and art history, students focus on the key concepts within each aspect of content through broad investigations of ideas in the visual arts from Australia and other regions at different times.