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Visual Arts


Board Developed Course (ATAR)

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 NESA website.


If a student qualifies, the Visual Arts Life Skills Course is available in mainstream classes. More information on Life Skills courses can be found here.