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In The Arts learning area students develop creative skills, critical appreciation and knowledge of artistic techniques and technologies in Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music, Visual Arts and combinations of arts forms. The Arts develop students’ sense of personal and cultural identity and equips them for lifelong involvement in and the appreciation of the arts.

The Arts Learning Area Statement focuses student learning on aesthetic understanding and arts practice developed through the art forms of dance, drama, media, music and visual arts, experienced singly or in combinations. Although these five forms may be used in interrelated ways, each has unique language, techniques and conventions. Students develop creative ways of expressing themselves and develop a critical appreciation of their own works and those of others. They use their senses, perceptions, feelings, values and knowledge to communicate through the arts.

Aesthetic understanding helps students to appreciate and critically respond to various arts experiences with enjoyment. Through their arts experiences, students come to understand broader questions about the values and attitudes held by individuals and communities.

Arts practice involves the exploration and development of ideas and feelings through the use of a range of skills and knowledge of art techniques and processes. The arts provide a powerful means of expression and communication of life experiences and imagination. Curriculum Framework 1998.

Here at Ashdale Secondary College the Arts aims to educate each student as a whole developing confidence not only in the Arts but also themselves as individuals and groups. Within the Arts learning area we offer the students the opportunity to study either one or a combination of Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts. Through these areas the students can unleash their creative flair using various arts skills and processes to develop a number of performances and works. The students will have the opportunity to participate in local and state-wide activities in dance, drama, music and visual arts.