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Callaghan College Jesmond Senior Campus

Callaghan College Jesmond Senior Campus

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Visual arts

Two unit board developed course (BDC)

The study of visual arts is recommended for students who are interested in creative work. The course provides an opportunity for developing and refining student skills and extending their appreciation of the visual arts.

There is no prerequisite for this course; however studying visual arts and/or photography in Years 7-10 is an advantage.

Visual arts involves students in the practices of artmaking, art criticism and art history. Students develop their own artworks in an area of interest, producing a ‘Body of Work’ in the Year 12 course that reflects their knowledge and understanding about art making. Students critically and historically investigate artworks and artists from Australia as well as those from other cultures, traditions and eras.

The Year 12 Body of Work forms part of both the school’s assessment and is marked by external examiners to make up 50% of the HSC external examination mark.

Further information is available on the Visual arts syllabus website

Year 11

  • the nature of practice in artmaking, art criticism, and art history through different investigations
  • agencies in the artworld – artist, artwork, world, audience
  • the frames and how students might develop their own informed points of view
  • how they might develop meaning and interest in their work 
  • building understanding over time through various investigations and through working in different forms.

Year 12

  • how they may ‘own’ practice in artmaking, art criticism, and art history
  • how they may further relate concepts of the artworld involving the agencies of artist, artwork, world, audience
  • how they may develop their own informed points of view in increasingly independent ways using the frames
  • how they may further develop meaning and interest in their work.