VCE Studio Arts

Unit 1 (Terms 1 & 2): Artistic inspiration and techniques

This unit focuses on using sources of inspiration and individual ideas as the basis for developing personal artworks. Students explore a wide range of materials and techniques to communicate ideas, observations and experiences.

Students also explore and research the ways in which artists from different times and cultures have interpreted and expressed ideas, sourced inspiration and used materials and techniques to make a range of artworks.

Tasks covered in this Unit include:

  • Students use a design process in their visual diary to complete research and develop skill in the use of a range of materials and techniques related to topics set in class.
  • Students create an individual folio of finished artworks based on topics set in class.
  • Students analyse and discuss a range of artworks relevant to their design process in theory lessons.
  • Students complete a Research Paper that compares the cultures and artworks of artists.
  • Students visit a range of local and city art galleries and complete written reviews.

Unit 2 (Terms 3 & 4): Design exploration and concepts

This unit focuses on students establishing and using a design process to make a range of artworks.

Their design process incorporates an individual approach to finding sources of inspiration, experimenting with materials and techniques, and developing aesthetic qualities. They plan artworks using the design process and then make final compositions.

Students also develop skills in the visual analysis of artworks. Artworks made by artists from different times and cultures are analysed to understand the artists’ ideas and how they have created aesthetic qualities and identifiable styles.

Tasks covered in this Unit include:

  • Students develop a more in depth design process in their visual diary. This includes a more self – directed plan for research and folio explorations based on the directions they devise in an exploration proposal.
  • A range of final artworks are completed using a range of media, materials and techniques that have been planned in their visual diary using their design process.
  • Students complete analysis and class discussion of a range of artists and their artworks.
  • A Research Paper is completed by students that compares the cultures and artworks of artists.

Unit 3 (Terms 1 & 2): Studio production and professional art practices

Students develop an individual design process leading to the production of a range of potential directions and artwork ideas.

They plan and apply a design process to explore and develop their individual ideas. Through this process, students develop a range of the potential directions. These potential directions become further developed in Unit 4 and are presented as finished artworks.

This study also requires students to investigate and analyse the response of artists to what happens in their worlds and examine their use of materials and techniques. Students explore professional art practices of artists in relation to particular artworks and art form/s and identify the development of styles in artworks.

Tasks covered in this Unit include:

  • Students develop and use an exploration proposal to define an area of individual exploration in relation to personal interests.
  • The design process is used to research, trial, experiment, analyse and evaluate their art practice.
  • Students complete a Research Paper that investigates the study of artists and their work practices.
  • Written and analysis class work relating to key skills as required by the study design.
  • Class excursions to visit local and city galleries are undertaken during Unit 3. Exhibition reviews are completed about the galleries visited.
  • The VCAA study design expects art students to visit at least two different exhibition spaces in their current year of study.

Unit 4 (Terms 3 & 4): Studio production and art industry contexts

Students produce a folio of finished artworks. To support their folio, students present visual and written documentation explaining how selected artworks generated in Unit 3 were used to produce the cohesive folio of two or more finished artworks. These artworks should incorporate skilful application of materials and techniques, and the resolution of ideas and aesthetic qualities.

This unit also investigates aspects of artists’ involvement in the art industry. The unit focuses on a variety of exhibition spaces and the methods and considerations involved in the preparation, presentation and conservation of artworks.

Tasks covered in this Unit include:

  • Students complete a folio of finished artworks that meets the students exploration proposal.
  • Students use the design process and outline potential directions.
  • Completion of a focus, reflection and evaluation statement about their finished artworks.
  • Students visit a commercial gallery and complete a written review.
  • Students complete written and analysis class work relating to a range of art industry contexts.

Career Paths

Some possible career options relevant to Studio Arts:

  • Illustrator
  • Industrial Designer
  • Interior designer
  • Multimedia developer
  • Photographer
  • Sculptor
  • Set/stage designer
  • Cartoonist
  • Conservator
  • Teacher
  • Textile designer
  • Artist
  • Architect
  • Arts administrator
  • Craftsperson
  • Display artist
  • Fashion designer
  • Graphic artist
  • Graphic designer

Please note: This is only a brief listing of possible courses . If you wish to obtain further information about career opportunities in this field please do not hesitate to contact your Studio Arts Teacher or Careers Advisor.