In The Arts learning area students develop creative skills, critical appreciation and knowledge of artistic techniques and technologies in Dance, Drama, Media, 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, 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.
Arts within Years 8-10
For years 8 – 10 Ashdale Secondary College offer generic Arts programs that cover the following outcomes; Arts Ideas, Arts Skills and Processes, Arts Responses and Arts in Society. We also have on offer Stage 1 Dance and Drama for Year 10 students.
Arts within Years 11 & 12
In Years 11 and 12 we offer the WACE courses in Dance, Drama and Music. These start at Stage 1 in Year 11 and continuing to Stage 2 in year 12. At the end of Year 12 the students sit both practical and theory external examinations.
Vocational Education and Training (VET) Courses
In the Arts for Year 11 students, Ashdale Secondary College offers the CUE20103 Certificate II in Live Production, Theatre and Events. This is a part of the TAFE pathway electives. Within this course the students will learn about various roles that occur behind the scenes as well as performing on stage in all areas of the Arts.
The students must complete nine units within this course, which can relate to Visual Arts, Dance, Drama and Music and they must complete one core compulsory unit.