Students follow the design process of research, analysis, exploration, experimentation, refinement and evaluation to resolve and produce practical works of design. They use problem solving and investigation to develop ideas and concepts, refine technical skills and produce imaginative solutions. Students may work in communication and graphic, product or environmental aspects to fulfil their choice of brief and areas of study.
Three broad areas of study are covered:
- Visual thinking:
The development of visual ideas and concepts, communicating those ideas and solving problems in a visual manner.
- Practical resolution:
The production of works of design that possess the ability to communicate ideas or concepts.
- Visual art in context:
The knowledge, understanding and appreciation of art works produced during or in a particular time or place.
As students are working on their own projects in their choice of media and technique, this course is suited to students who have studied Design previously or those who possess sound drawing skills.
Students are expected to operate as ‘practising designers’ negotiating their practical work and research based assessment tasks with the teacher.
Students are also expected to work individually developing skills in collaboration with their teacher.
40% – Folio
30% – Practical
30% – Visual Study
Success in Visual Arts requires sound language and communication skills and involves considerable experimentation, research, analytical and written components.
Students must be prepared and able to spend at least four hours per week on assessment tasks outside of structured lesson times.
Visual Arts – Design is highly desirable for tertiary studies in design, architecture, art history, visual arts, creative arts, media and photography.
Practical work produced is suitable for inclusion in art and design portfolios.
Subject fees are intended to cover the cost of basic consumable materials. However, since practical work undertaken varies greatly, students must be prepared to purchase some specialist materials.
Students must be prepared to participate in a number of external activities such as art exhibitions, workshops, seminars and individually conducting primary-based research.