• As part of the core syllabus students will be expected to:


    (in a variety of media selected from the art-making forms table)



    Visual Arts in Context


    Artists and why they make art

    Visual Arts Methods


    Ways of making artworks

    Communicating Visual Arts


    Ways of presenting art



    Theoretical Practice

    Examine and compare the work of artists from different times, places and cultures, using a range of critical methodologies. Consider the cultural contexts (historical, geographical, political, social and technological factors) influencing their own work and the work of others.


    Look at different techniques for making art. Investigate and compare how and why different techniques have evolved and the processes involved.

    Explore ways of communicating through visual and written means. Make artistic choices about how to most effectively communicate knowledge and understanding.



    Art-making practice

    Make art through a process of investigation, thinking critically and experimenting with techniques. Apply identified techniques to their own developing work

    Experiment with diverse media and explore techniques for making art. Develop concepts through processes that are informed by skills, techniques and media.


    Produce a body of artwork through a process of reflection and evaluation, showing a synthesis of skill, media and concept



    Curatorial practice

    Develop an informed response to work and exhibitions they have seen and experienced. Begin to formulate personal intentions for creating and displaying their own artworks

    Evaluate how their ongoing work communicates meaning and purpose. Consider the nature of “exhibition” and think about the process of selection and the potential impact of their work on different audiences


    Select and present resolved works for exhibition. Explain the ways in which the works are connected. Discuss how artistic judgments impact the overall presentation.


    Visual Arts Journal

    The visual arts journal underpins every aspect of the course. Students will use the journal, which can take many forms, to record all aspects of their art-making journey, including experiments with media, research, reflections, observations and personal responses. Although not directly assessed, elements of this journal will contribute directly to the work submitted for assessment.