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Elective subjects generally combine students from both Years 9 & 10.Students will select their preferences for electives at the end of the previous year. Considerable effort is put into ensuring that students’ elective allocation is fair. Within these electives each student must include a minimum of one subject per semester in both Art/Technology and Physical and Personal Development.

Students will not be permitted to repeat electives, have an unbalanced course (e.g. six Physical Education electives in one year, or make arrangements to ‘swap’ electives if they are unsuccessful in their first choice. Requests to change electives will be processed in the first two weeks of each semester only.

Charges for electives will appear on the school charges and voluntary contributions sheet.

Year 10 students’ electives are processed first. Elective sheets that are handed in on time will be processed before those handed in late. 


 Elective Subjects in the Visual Arts

Elective subjects in Visual Arts

The following subjects are available in the Visual Arts stream are:

  •  Ceramics


    This course involves an investigation and application of a variety of techniques for the making of pottery. Students will design, create, make and present a range of ceramic products. Processes will include a range of hand building techniques and decorating techniques, use of a variety of colouring and glazing methods, and a knowledge of the firing procedures. Students will also develop an understanding of concepts of design within their own work and that of other artists, and investigate the cultural contexts and ideas in ceramic works of contemporary artists.

    Students will be assessed on their production of ceramic pieces, their design folio, visual analysis and a research assignment. 

  •  Film Theory

    Film Theory

    Students will explore ideas, story and production elements contained in film production and narration. They will develop an understanding of the cinematic processes of film from the silent era to the films of today, appreciate technical and aesthetic aspects of film, be aware of codes and conventions in film, become aware of genres in film and learn about the roles of those in the film production process.

    Students will be assessed on their participation in viewing and discussing films, assignment and essay work, personal research and participation in a class excursion to view a film at a local cinema.

  •  Art


    This subject will offer students with the opportunity to further their drawing and painting skills. The class with be centred on the production of 2D artworks. In order to develop their painting skills students will go through developmental works and drawings. Their major works will be a product of a sustained effort in working with selected paints and mixed mediums. The content of each student’s folio will address a theme. Students will select themes that meet their personal areas of interest. The folio will reflect personal choices resulting in a series of finished artworks. In order to assist students in developing their areas of interest, the class will examine art styles and techniques during the course.

    Assessment will address the completion of:

    1. A series of thematic works in dry and wet mediums. The students will support their art making with personally collected inspirational imagery.
    2. Completion of a research assignment focussing on an art movement from the Modern era.
  •  Photography


    Students participate in both theory and practice relevant to both analogue and digital photography. Students will use a variety of cameras to produce an image, process black and white film, print an image with correct tonal contrasts, digitally alter or enhance an image, critically appraise own and others’ art works, and study the history of photography.

    Students will be assessed on the satisfactory completion of a folio, of images and written tasks in their sketchbook.

  •  Animation


    This course involves the exploration and application of animation techniques. From Mickey Mouse to Manga, students will view and research the history of animation including Roto scoping, cell  , stop motion and digital animation. Practical exercises in each technique allow students to gain a hands-on understanding of the subject. No prior experience in computers or digital animation is required. By beginning immediately with digital animation, students will gain proficiency with Mac computers learning Photoshop and Flash software. Students will then use their research and skills to develop their own short digital animation.

    Students will be assessed on their participation in viewing and discussing animations, research assignment, design folio and application of this knowledge on their own animation piece.

  •  Printmaking/Drawing


    Printmaking and drawing have strong links. This unit aims to extend knowledge of both areas through study and execution. Students will make drawings based on set themes and original ideas which will stand independently and also be used for the making of relief, intaglio and surface prints. The study of significant artists from different times and cultures will be an integral part of this course. Safety and care of tools and equipment will also be an important aspect of this subject.

    Assessment will be based on participation
  •  Sculpture

    Sculpture is creating art which has depth, width and height. Students will have the opportunity to create and express ideas using three dimensional materials, develop technical skills and become aware of the importance of sculpture in the Arts. Students will use sculptural processes ranging from carving, constructing, wax and clay modelling, moulding and casting. They will also develop visual analysis skills, investigate significant sculptors, gain an understanding of the history of sculpture and study the themes of sculpting the figure.

    Students will be assessed on practical work, their folio showing developmental work, written analyses of art works and a research assignment. 

  •  Art World

    Art World

    This course involves an investigation into the myriad of galleries, exhibitions, artist studios and the world of art. Student will visit a number of temporary and permanent exhibitions throughout the semester ranging from public galleries – local and regional, commercial and artist run spaces, in order to develop the ability to perceive and explain the meaning behind the creation of artworks.  Students will be expected to demonstrate the ability to interpret artworks and express their thoughts and opinions regarding the shows. Students will also develop an understanding of exhibitions.  Student s will be expected to become responsible for the administration of the PHSC Middle School/VCE exhibitions; marketing, filming/photography, installation of works and the preparation of the gallery space.

    Students will be assessed on their participation and contribution to gallery visits and the PHSC Middle School/VCE shows, visual analysis and a research assignment.


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