Skip to end of metadata
Go to start of metadata

Handbook Transition

Our VCE Handbook content is undergoing a transition to a new, improved, consistent and easy to read format. We are working to transition our content from the original handbook format to the new format and you may see both formats below until we complete the transition. Apologies for any inconvenience, but we should be done with the transition soon.

NEW HANDBOOK STRUCTURE/CONTENT

ORIGINAL HANDBOOK STRUCTURE/CONTENT

 Art

This course follows the requirements outlined in the VCAA Study Design.

 Unit 1

Students examine art from different cultures, societies and historical times.

Area of study 1: Art and meaning

Students apply structural and personal frameworks to interpret the meanings and messages of artworks. Artworks selected for study have been inspired by ideas relating to personal and cultural identity. Students are introduced to the concept of using analytical frameworks in the analysis of artworks. These frameworks guide the reading of art, assisting students in developing personal views on art whilst deepening their understanding of the intentions of the artworks being studied.

  Outcome 1: A comparative essay on the work of two artists using the structural and personal frameworks.

Area of study 2: Art making and personal meaning

Students are guided in developing the consistent use of a sketchbook. The sketchbook acts as a document providing evidence of:

  • The development of a range of technical skills.

  • A personal and formal documentation of appreciation for the work of artists.

  • A clear record of personal artistic interests and reflections on personal ideas and skill development.

Outcome 2: Students are to produce at least one finished artwork as a result of their sketchbook explorations. The sketchbook is to demonstrate observation and imagination in developing personal visual language.  This is to be clearly documented and annotated in a sustained folio of work.

Assessment

Outcome 1 is graded with an S/N result. For satisfactory completion of this outcome students must submit the comparative writing task. To fulfil the requirements of this area of study, students are to keep up-to-date with the weekly short answer tasks completed during class time. 

Outcome 2 is graded with an S/N result. For satisfactory completion students must submit a sustained annotated folio with at least one completed art work.


Unit 2

Students examine art from different cultures and contexts. The role of time, place, beliefs and traditions is also examined and compared.

Area of study 1: Contemporary artworks and culture

Students will address the Cultural and Contemporary frameworks in analysis tasks in Unit 2.

Outcome 1: On completion of this unit the student should be able to discuss and compare artworks from different cultures and times using the Cultural Framework and the Contemporary framework.

Requirements: 

  • Application of the frameworks in the interpretation of artworks of four artists.

  • Study of at least two artworks produced from 1990 onwards.

 Area of study 2: Art making and contemporary culture

Students explore personal areas of cultural interest to experiment with visual language in communicating ideas. They reflect on their own art making and examine the use of art elements and principles in their own work. They examine the extent to which cultural ideas are reflected in their own art and in the art of artists they are inspired by.

Outcome 2: Students are to produce at least one finished artwork as a result of their sketchbook explorations. The sketchbook is to demonstrate observation and imagination in developing culturally informed visual language. This is to be clearly documented and annotated in a sustained folio of work.

Assessment

Outcome 1 is graded with an S/N result. For satisfactory completion of this outcome students must submit the comparative writing task. To fulfil the requirements of this area of study, students are to keep up-to-date with the weekly short answer tasks completed during class time.

Outcome 2 is graded with an S/N result. For satisfactory completion students must submit a sustained annotated folio with at least one completed art work.


Unit 3 Artworks, ideas and values

Area of Study 1: 'Interpreting art'

Outcome 1: On completion of this unit the student should be able to use the analytical frameworks to analyse and interpret artworks produced before 1990 and since 1990, and compare the meanings and messages of these artworks.


Students are to complete a comparative essay on the work of two artists using the analytical frameworks. These include the structural, personal, cultural and contemporary frameworks. A series of task sheets make up the content of this essay response. Students must a sit an authentication SAC testing their knowledge of this essay for satisfactory completion of the outcome.

Area of Study 2: 'Investigation and Interpretation through art making'

Outcome 2: On completion of this unit the student should be able to use the process to produce at least one artwork, and use the Analytical Frameworks to document and evaluate the progressive development and refinement of their artistic practice. Students must submit one completed artwork for assessment in unit 3.

Students must submit an annotated developmental folio that documents and evaluates progressive development and refinement of their artistic practice. Annotations are to address the Analytical Frameworks.

Important: In order to be assessed for the resolution of this task in October, students must meet Satisfactory requirements in Unit 3.

Assessment

Outcome 1 is graded with an S/N result. For satisfactory completion of this outcome students must submit the comparative writing task. The student’s knowledge of their comparative essay is tested in a 50-minute school-assessed coursework (SAC) in the last week of Unit 3. This SAC score makes up 10% of the total score for this subject.

Outcome 2 is graded with an S/N result and a score out of 50. For satisfactory completion students must submit a sustained annotated folio with at least one completed art work.


Unit 4 Artworks, ideas and Viewpoints

Area of Study 1: 'Discussing Art'

Outcome 1: On completion of this unit the student should be able to examine and analyse an art idea and its related issues to inform their viewpoint.

Students will continue to apply appropriate analytical frameworks in the study of art as introduced in unit 3. The work of one key artist will be studied in reference to 2 artworks by that artist.The student will develop their viewpoint on the art and issues raised by the work via research of two or more viewpoints on the art. Further to this, research of the inspirations and intent of the artist and their artistic processes will inform the comparative discussion of views on the work. Students must submit weekly tasks that contribute to the comparative discussion essay.

Area of study 2: 'Realisation and resolution' 

Outcome 2: The final graded assessment of the annotated folio (SAT) and a minimum of one artwork completed in unit 4 commences in the last week of Term 3. In unit 4 students will continue to develop and refine their folio exploration through the production of at least one more completed artwork that builds upon and extends ideas, processes and skills being investigated in unit 3. Students are to be documenting and annotating their artistic process in the folio with photos, sketches, and explorations in selected media. All annotations need to be contextualised with sub-headings that locate reflections conceptually into any combination of the Analytical frameworks. (Structural/ Personal/Cultural/ Contemporary)

Assessment

Outcome 1 Students must complete a comparative discussion essay and sit a 50 minute SAC under exam conditions in the second last week of Unit 4. This SAC makes up 10 per cent of the final study score for Art, this content is also tested in the external end of year examination for Art, weighted at 30 per cent of the final study score.

Outcome 2 The completed Unit 3&4 SAT (School Assessed Task) makes up 50 per cent of the final study score for Art. At the end of Unit 4, students are assessed via (at least) one completed artwork accompanied by their annotated developmental folio.

 Studio Arts: Visual Art, Photography

VCE Studio Arts encourages and supports students to recognise their individual potential as art makers and presents a guided process to assist their understanding and development of art making. The study establishes effective art practices through the application of an individual design process to assist the student’s production of a folio of artworks.

The theoretical component of this study is an important basis for studio practice as it offers students a model for inquiry that can support their art-making practices. Students’ research focuses on the visual analysis of artworks and investigates how artists have interpreted sources of inspiration and influences in their art making. Students examine how artists have used materials, techniques and processes to create aesthetic qualities. They study how artists have developed styles and explored their cultural identity in their artwork. Students use this knowledge to inform their own processes to support their art making.

Unit 1

Outcome 1: Researching and recording ideas

On completion of this unit the student should be able to identify sources of inspiration and artistic influences and outline individual ideas, art forms and aesthetic qualities, and translate these into visual language.

Outcome 2: Studio Practice

On completion of this unit the student should be able to produce at least one finished artwork and progressively record the development of their studio practice, conveying individual ideas through the exploration of materials and techniques in the selected art form/s. 

Outcome 3: Interpreting art ideas and use of materials and techniques

On completion of this unit the student should be able to discuss the artistic practice of artists from different times and cultures, their sources of inspiration, materials and techniques for at least two artworks by each artist.

Assessment in Unit 1 Studio Arts Photography is based on the completion of: Visual Diary Projects - (30%), Art Analysis Essay - (20%), Practical Folio - (40%), Exam - (10%)

Unit 2

Area of Study: Design Exploration and Concepts

Outcome 1: Design exploration.

Students will design an area of exploration
and develop a number of artworks through a design process of visual research and inquiry. Students will develop a folio of work based on their selected theme and their exploration of photographic or video processes. 

Outcome 2: Ideas and styles in artworks.

Students will study ideas and styles in artwork. They will analyse and discuss the way artists from different times and cultures have created aesthetic qualities in artworks, communicated ideas and developed styles. 

Assessment is based on a folio of photographic work and a visual diary that documents the development of these pieces. They will also complete written tasks investigating the ways in which artists from different cultures and times have created aesthetic qualities in artworks, communicated ideas and developed styles.                                                                                                      

Unit 3

Area of Study: Studio Production and Professional Art Practices

Unit 3 focuses on the implementation of an individual design process leading to the production of a range of potential directions. Students develop and use an exploration proposal to define an area of creative exploration. They plan and apply a design process to explore and develop their individual ideas. Analysis of these explorations and the development of the potential directions is an intrinsic part of the design process to support the making of finished artworks in Unit 4.

The study of artists and their work practices and processes may provide inspiration for students’ own approaches to art making. Students investigate and analyse the response of artists to a wide range of stimuli, and examine their use of materials and techniques. They explore professional art practices of artists in relation to particular artworks and art form/s and identify the development of styles in artworks. Throughout their study of art processes, students also consider the issues that may arise from the use of other artists’ work in the making of new artworks. Students are expected to visit at least two different exhibition spaces in their current year of study.

Assessment

Outcome 1: Exploration Proposal. 

Prepare an exploration proposal that formulates the content and parameters of an individual design process, and that includes a plan of how the proposal will be undertaken.

Outcome 2: Design process. 

Present an individual design process that produces a range of potential directions, which reflects the concepts and ideas documented in the exploration proposal. 
Outcomes 1 and 2 are  SAT 1 (30% of the total mark).    

Outcome 3: Professional art practices and styles.

Discuss art practices in relation to particular artworks of at least two artists and analyse ways in which artists develop their styles. Students will complete a series of essays and art analysis exercises for this outcome. 

ASSESSMENT (The student’s level of achievement in unit 3 will be determined by a school-assessed course work, as SAC 1 and an end-of-year examination. 30% of the total mark)

Unit 4

Area of Study: Studio Production and Art Industry Contexts

Unit 4 focuses on the production of a cohesive folio of finished artworks. To support the creation of the folio, students present visual and written documentation explaining how selected potential directions generated in unit 3 were used to produce the cohesive folio of finished artworks. These artworks should reflect the skilful application of materials and techniques, and the resolution of ideas and aesthetic qualities.

Unit 4 also investigates aspects of artists’ involvement in the art industry, focusing on a variety of exhibition spaces and the methods and considerations involved in the preparation, presentation and conservation of artworks. Students examine a range of environments for the presentation of artworks exhibited in contemporary settings. Students are expected to visit at least two different exhibition spaces in their current year of study. 


Assessment

Outcome 1:   Production and presentation of artworks

On completion of this unit the student should be able to present at least two finished artworks based on selected and evaluated potential directions developed through the studio process, which demonstrate refinement and application of materials and techniques, and that realise and communicate the student’s ideas expressed in the exploration proposal.

Outcome 2:  Evaluation

On completion of this unit the student should be able to provide visual and written documentation that identifies and evaluates the extent to which the artworks reflect the selected potential directions, and effectively demonstrates a cohesive relationship between the works.

Outcomes 1 and 2 are  SAT 2 (30% of the total mark).    

Outcome 3: Art Industry contexts

On completion of this unit the student should be able to compare the methods used by artists and considerations of curators in the preparation, presentation, conservation and promotion of specific artworks in at least two different exhibitions. Students may select artworks exhibited in public art galleries and museums, commercial and private galleries, university art galleries, artist run spaces, alternative art spaces, outdoor spaces and online galleries.

ASSESSMENT (The student’s level of achievement in unit 4 will be determined by a school-assessed course work, as SAC 2 and an end-of-year examination.

30% of the total mark)


 Media Studies


VCE Media provides students with the opportunity to examine the media in both historical and contemporary contexts while developing skills in media design and production in a range of media forms.

Students examine how and why the media constructs and reflects reality and how audiences engage with, consume, read, create and produce media products.

The study is made up of four units:

Unit 1: Media forms, representations and Australian stories


Unit 2: Narrative across media forms


Unit 3: Media narratives and pre-production 


Unit 4: Media production and issues in the media 



Unit 1

Area of Study 1 - Media representations

Students investigate media representations in a range of media products and forms, and from different periods of time, locations and contexts. They examine and explain how these texts are constructed, distributed, engaged with, consumed and read by audiences.

Area of Study 2  - 
Media forms in production

Students use the media production process to design, produce and evaluate media representations for specified audiences in a range of media forms. 


Area of Study 3 - Australian stories

Students analyse how the structural features of Australian fictional and non-fictional narratives in two or more media forms engage, and are consumed and read by, audiences. 



Unit 2

Area of Study 1 - Narrative, style and genre

Students analyse the intentions of media creators and producers and the influences of narratives on the audience in different media forms.

Area of Study 2 - 
Narratives in production

Students apply the media production process to create, develop and construct narratives. 


Area of Study 3 - 
Media and change

Here, students discuss the influence of current media technologies on society, audiences, the individual, media industries and institutions. 



Assessment for Units 1 & 2:

All assessments at Units 1 and 2 are school-based. Procedures for assessment of levels of achievement in Units 1 and 2 are a matter for school decision. 


Tasks for assessment in these units include and may be selected from the following: 


  • audiovisual or video sequences 

  • radio or audio sequences 

  • photographs 

  • print layouts 

  • sequences or presentations using digital technologies 

  • posters 

  • written responses / workbook
  • class presentations/ oral reports.


Unit 3

Area of Study 1 - Narrative and ideology

In this area of study students analyse how narratives are constructed and distributed, and how they engage, are consumed and are read by the intended audience and present day audiences.

Area of Study 2
 - Media production development

Here is where students research aspects of a media form and experiment with media technologies and media production processes to inform and document the design of a media production.

Area of Study 3 - 
Media production design

Students will develop and document a media production design in a selected media form for a specified audience. 
 The production design is developed for one of the following media forms: 


  • A video or film production of 3–10 minutes in length, including title and credit sequences. 

  • An animated production of no more than 10 minutes in length, including title and credit sequences. 

  • A radio or an audio production of a minimum of 8 minutes in length, including title and credit sequences. 

  • A digital or an analogue photographic presentation, sequence or series of a minimum of 10 original sourced 
images shot, processed and edited by the student. 

  • A digital or traditional print production of a minimum of 8 pages produced and edited by the student. 

  • A digital and/or an online production that demonstrates comparable complexity consistent with the other media forms. 

  • A convergent or hybridised media production that incorporates aspects of a range of media forms and is consistent with product durations and the descriptors listed.

Unit 4

Area of Study 1 - Media production

Here is where students produce, refine and resolve the media product that they designed in Unit 3.

Area of Study 2
 - Agency and control in and of the media

Students discuss issues of agency and control in the relationship between the media and its audience. 


Assessment for Units 3 & 4:

The student’s level of achievement in Units 3 & 4 will be determined by School-assessed Coursework(SAC) and the School- assessed Task (SAT).

School-assessed Coursework: SAC tasks are a part of the regular teaching and learning program. They must be completed mainly in class and within a limited timeframe. 
 The types and range of forms of School-assessed Coursework for the outcomes can be found in the VCE Media study design. Teachers then assess the work and provide to the VCAA a numerical score representing an assessment of the student’s level of achievement.

School-assessed Task: Assessment for Media includes a School-assessed Task (SAT). This includes the student’s Study Design (Unit 3) and the Production (Unit 4).

For this assessment teachers will provide to the VCAA a score representing an assessment according to criteria published annually online by the VCAA.

The level of achievement for Units 3 and 4 is also assessed by an end-of-year examination which is assessed externally.

The SACs for Units 3& 4 will contribute a total of 20% to the study score.

The SAT for Units 3 and 4 will contribute 40% to the study score. 

The end of year exam (assessed externally) will contribute 40% to the study score.

 Visual Design Communication

Visual Communication Design is the bridge between an idea and the intended audience. In the fields of architecture, engineering, graphic, industrial and multimedia design, marketing, cartography and fashion, visual communication is the language used to communicate ideas and concepts. The means of this communication may be imaginative and original or conform to accepted rules and conventions such as architectural and industrial design drawing.

The vocabulary and grammar of visual communications design depends on what is being communicated and to whom. Students will progressively explore the design process and its application to a range of design problems, acquiring and exploring different image-making skills and techniques relevant to the design problem and to whom they are communicating. This course also provides the opportunity for students to develop an informed, critical and discriminating approach to visual communications encountered in everyday life. 

Unit 1: Introduction to Visual Communication

Unit 1 focuses on using visual language to communicate messages, ideas and concepts. This involves acquiring and applying design thinking skills as well as drawing skills to make messages, ideas and concepts visible and tangible. Students develop an understanding of the importance of presentation drawings to clearly communicate their final visual communications.

Assessment

   Outcome 1: Drawing as a means of communication.  A folio of freehand, instrumental and rendered drawings using a range of methods, media and materials.

   Outcome 2: Design elements and design principles. A folio of developmental drawings which explores, selects and refines design elements and principles to produce a final presentation that satisfies a stated purpose.

   Outcome 3: Visual communication design in context. An annotated visual report describing how a specific piece of visual communications has been influenced by past and contemporary practices, and by social and cultural factors.


Unit 2: Applications of Visual Communication Design

Unit 2 focuses on the application of visual communication design knowledge, design thinking skills and drawing methods to create visual communications to meet specific purposes in designated design fields. Students will learn and apply the design process to areas such as environmental design, industrial design and typography.

Assessment

   Outcome 1: Technical drawing in context. A folio of presentation drawings that incorporate relevant technical drawing conventions and methods of representation.

   Outcome 2: Type and imagery. A folio which demonstrates the manipulation of type and images suitable for print and screen based presentations.

   Outcome 3: Applying the design process. A folio that documents the application of the design process to produce a visual communication appropriate to a given design brief. 


Unit 3: Design Thinking and Practice

In Unit 3 students gain an understanding of the process designers use to structure their thinking and communicate ideas with clients, target audiences, other designers and specialists. Students will use
research and analysis of visual communication designers to support and develop their own work while establishing a design brief that will underpin the development and refinement work undertaken in Unit 4.

Assessment

   Outcome 1 SAC 1: Analysis and practice in context. A folio of developmental and three final presentations appropriate to three different audiences, purposes and contexts which are informed by a written analysis of similar professional visual communications.


   Outcome 2 SAC 2: Design industry practice. A written report describing how visual communications are designed and produced in industry and factors that influence these practices.

   Outcome 3: Developing a brief and generating ideas. A folio of annotated research observational drawings and visualisation drawings in response to a design brief. This will become the basis for the folio work in Unit 4.


Unit 4: Design Development and Presentation

The focus of unit 4 is the development of design concepts and two final presentations that meet the requirements of the design brief developed in unit 3. Students will also evaluate their work and develop a presentation that explains their design thinking and decision making to a client.

Assessment

   Outcome 1: Development of design concepts. A folio documenting the conceptual development of distinctly different design concepts for each identified need and the selection and refinement of each concept relative to the brief.

   Outcome 2: Final presentations. The production of two distinctly different final presentations that meet the requirements of the brief.

   Outcome 3: Evaluation and explanation. A presentation that explains the thinking behind the final presentations to an audience and evaluates the visual communications against the brief.

End-of-year examination

A one and a half hour examination on the key knowledge and skills of units 3 and 4. Both practical and written questions. 



  • No labels