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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

    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

    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.

  •  Visual Communication and Graphic Design

    Semester 1 - This course covers 4 areas of Visual Communication

    1. The development of instrumental drawing and tonal rendering, through isometric, orthogonal and planometric drawing systems.

    2. Designing an interior space  with perspective drawing techniques

    3. Using the Design Process to create a music CD cover.

      4. Written ‘Design History Analysis’ assignment.

    Extension topics will include designing an invitation for PHSC middle school student exhibition.

    Students will be assessed progressively with their folio work.

    The written assessment task will be due at the end of Term 1.

    Visual Communication

    Semester 2 - Architectural Design

    The students will design a holiday house. This will include developing a floor plan, a site placement plan, side & front orthogonal views, and a detailed 2 point perspective drawing of their house.

    Extension topics will include designing and drawing interior room views.

    Students will be assessed progressively with their folio work.

    A written assessment task on architectural design history will be due at the end of Term 3.

 Elective Subjects in Performing Arts

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


Students will Students will undertake a one year subject. Students will learn about formal dramatic structures through the rehearsal and performance of a play script.  This will include research and the development of all areas of stagecraft required for a performance.  As this will be a year long elective, students will choose a stagecraft to apply to the play, work collaboratively with the cast and an understanding of theatre styles. As well as developing a workbook with ideas students will also complete some evaluation after the production season has been completed. There will also be opportunities to participate in workshops, training and attend performances.  Students are required to regularly attend rehearsals, be cooperative and constructively contribute to the effectiveness of rehearsals and memorize dialogue.

Assessment is based on attendance, effort, attitude, performance and improvement.


Students will examine a range of cultures and use ideas drawn from personal knowledge, research and observation to improvise and develop their own drama work. They will learn about formal dramatic structures and research historical styles, forms and conventions. Students will rehearse and refine their work for particular audiences. They will attend a performance to inspire and extend their ideas about theatre making and reflect on the qualities of drama produced by themselves and others and upon the nature of the multicultural society in which they live and the ways this has enriched Australian drama. Students will be required to complete research and analytical exercises as well as scriptwriting and theatre design tasks.

Students will be assessed on a range of theoretical and practical work.

 Instrumental Music

Tuition is available in small groups for all students in Years 7-12.

Students may elect to take lessons in

  • Strings:
  • violin
  • viola,
  • cello,
  • double bass
  • ·       Percussion:
  • kit
  • tuned percussion
  • ·       Woodwind:
  • flute,
  • clarinet,
  • saxophone,
  • oboe,
  • bass clarinet,
  • bassoon
  • ·       Brass:
  • trumpet,
  • tenor horn,
  • trombone,
  • euphonium,
  • tuba
  • ·       Guitar
  • acoustic,
  • bass guitar
  • Ø    Voice

Students wishing to access Instrumental Music Program are required to pay an annual Instrumental Music Tuition/ Materials charge. The amount will be advised. Students who wish to borrow school instruments are required to pay a further Instrumental Music/ Repair charge.

Enrolment forms are available from the Music office.

Progress reports will be issued by the instrumental music teachers, and students are required to present for formal internal assessment at this time.

Students may also undertake ABRSM or ANSCA exams if they wish.

 Middle School Class Music

Semester 1 

The Performer’s guide to music

Understanding different performance styles is necessary to develop personal expression and excellence in performance. This course will enhance students’ thinking about authentic and new ways of performing by investigating stylistic qualities of music from pre-20th century through to 20th and 21st century music. Students learn how and why music has been influenced by society and technology through the ages.

Assessment is based on attendance, performances and group and individual projects involving research, music theory, composition and presentations.

Reference: ‘A Performer’s Guide to Music Series’ ARSM

Music Technology

Students in Music Technology will study the history of recorded music and use a variety of software including Audacity, Acid Pro 6.0 and Sonar. Students learn about setting up stage equipment including microphones and public announcement systems and begin to understand music in a world influenced by media, advertising, the internet, You Tube and copyright issues. Students will also have the opportunity to learn how to record a live performance using the Protocols system.

Assessment is based on attendance, a series of compositions, technical tasks and reflective essays.

Semester 2

Music Masterclass

Masterclass focuses on aspects of performance in small groups. Working in an ensemble requires specialist music and musicianship skills. Students will be able to develop their performance and ensemble skills through practice and performance. Study of music theory and aural skills in preparation for VCE Music Unit 1 & 2 is 50% of the course.

Assessment is based on attendance, performance preparation, performance reflection and aural and theory tests.

 Music VCE Units 1 & 2 (Year 10)

These units focus on performance in solo and group contexts, studying approaches to performance and performing, and developing skills in aural comprehension. Students present a solo and a group performance, demonstrate prepared technical work and perform previously unseen music.

Students will be assessed in each unit in the following areas:

  • Performance Skill Development
  • Perform 3 solo works of differing style with accompaniment (30%)
  • Participation in an approved ensemble (15%)
  • Music Craft
  • Presentation on learning (5%)
  • Music Language for Performance
  • Theory Test (20%)
  • Aural Test (20%)
  • Class Study Work (technical and sight-reading) (10%)



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