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The Arts

 
Students use their creativity, imagination and senses to express ideas across a range of social, cultural, historical, spiritual, political, technological and economic contexts through dance, drama, music, media and visual art.
 
Students become adaptable and innovative problem-solvers, making informed decisions, and as inquirers, develop their ability to deconstruct and critically evaluate. Studying The Arts also fosters students’ confident expression of their creativity and individuality. And, it’s fun!
 
A variety of curriculum programs are offered at Forest Lake State High School for students to explore The Arts.

Year 8

There are four subjects offered in The Arts for year 8 students.
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Visual Art

Dance

Year 8 Dance is a term long course of study.  Students have opportunities to develop skills in dance performance and choreography and knowledge in dance theory and appreciation.

Drama

Year 8 Drama is a term long course of study.  Students have opportunities to develop skills in drama, through engaging theoretically and practically with the elements of drama.

Music

Year 8 Music is a term long course of study.  Students have opportunities to develop their knowledge of music theory including the orchestra, and develop valuable practical skills by learning the piano.

Visual Art

Year 8 Visual Art is a term long course of study.  Students have opportunities to develop their knowledge of the elements of visual art through theoretical and practical activities.
 
Arts subjects from years 9-12 can be chosen by students as electives.

Year 9

There are five electives offered in The Arts for year 9 students.
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Media
  • Music or Advanced Music
  • Visual Art

Dance

This one year course will focus on students learning about dance as an expressive means of ordering movement, gesture and motion.  Students will learn theoretical and practical elements of dance through a study of ballet and contemporary dance, tap, jazz, musical theatre and hip hop.

Drama

This one year course will help students communicate understanding about human issues and experience by enacting real and imagined events.  Students will learn about a range of forms, styles and purposes of drama, including clowning, comedy and collage drama.

Media

This one year course will have students focusing on designing, producing and responding to meaning in media texts.  Students will become equipped to live in a global community that communicates through a variety of technologies and combines still and moving images, words and sounds.  Students will analyse, design and produce media in the context of advertising and media fundamentals.

Music or Advanced Music

This one year course will see students making music and developing the ability to think and express themselves in sound. Students will learn theoretical and practical skills in a variety of historical and cultural contexts, including the sounds of the orchestra, Australian music, rock music and music of the world.  Students can choose Advanced Music if they meet the prerequisites of this course (an A achievement in year 8 music).

Visual Art

This one year course focuses on students making, displaying and appraising artworks.  Students will do this through engaging in theoretical and practical activities relating to units about manmade versus nature and unmasking culture.

Year 10

There are seven electives offered in The Arts for year 10 students.
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Drama
  • Fashion Design
  • Media
  • Music or Advanced Music
  • Visual Art

Dance

Year 10 Dance is focused on preparing students with the knowledge, skills and processes required for success in Senior Dance.  Students will be provided with opportunities to develop skills in choreography, appreciation and performance in a variety of dance styles and genres.

Design

Year 10 Design is focused on preparing students with the knowledge, skills and processes required for success in Senior Visual Art Studies or Multi-Arts Studies.  This course is a challenging alternative for students who enjoy the practical component of art and who wish to make practical and functional works.  Examples of artwork undertaken could include clay work, graphic design and tessellation.

Drama

Year 10 Drama is focused on preparing students with the knowledge, skills and processes required for success in Senior Drama.   Students will be provided with opportunities to develop skills in forming, responding and presenting in a variety of drama styles and genres, including theatre for young people, commedia dell’Arte and documentary drama .

Fashion Design

Year 10 Fashion Design is focused on preparing students with the knowledge, skills and processes required for success in Senior Visual Art Studies or Multi-Arts Studies.  This course has been designed for students with an interest in fashion, design and the fashion industry. 

Media

Year 10 Media is focused on preparing students with the knowledge, skills and processes required for success in Senior Film, Television and New Media, or Media Studies.  Students will be provided with opportunities to develop skills in designing, producing and responding to media in a variety of styles and genres, including music videos and horror.

Music or Advanced Music

Year 10 Music is focused on preparing students with the knowledge, skills and processes required for success in Senior Music or Music Studies.  Typically, students choosing Advanced Music would follow the pathway of Music, and students choosing Music would follow the pathway of Music Studies. Students can choose Advanced Music if they meet the prerequisites of this course (an A achievement in year 9 music).  The courses will both provide students with opportunities to develop skills in analysing repertoire, composition and performance in a variety of music styles and genres.

Visual Art

Year 10 Visual Art is focused on preparing students with the knowledge, skills and processes required for success in Senior Visual Art.  Students will be provided with opportunities to develop skills in making, displaying and appraising artworks in a variety of styles and genres.
 
Arts subjects in years 11 and 12 are either Authority or Authority-registered.  Authority-registered subjects offered are marked with an asterisk (*) below.

Year 11 & 12

There are ten electives offered in The Arts for year 11 and 12 students.
  • Dance
  • Visual Art Studies (Design) *
  • Drama
  • Multi Arts Studies (Fashion Design) *
  • Film, Television and New Media
  • Media Studies *
  • Music
  • Music Studies *
  • Music Extension (Year 12 only)
  • Visual Art

Dance

Dance is an authority subject. Year 11/12 Dance extends the opportunities provided in year 10 Dance and is designed to provide a broad range of dance experiences.  All units are studied within the framework of the three central organisers – appreciation, choreography and performance.  Topics studied by the students may include ballet, contemporary dance, musical theatre and popular dance and Australian ballroom dance.

Design (Visual Art Studies) *

Visual Art Studies is an authority-registered subject. Year 11/12 Design extends the opportunities provided in year 10 Design and is designed to provide a broad range of experiences.  Topics studied by the students may include graphic design, pop art canvas, photography and animation and sculpture.

Drama

Drama is an authority subject. Year 11/12 Drama extends the opportunities provided in year 10 Drama and is designed to provide a broad range of drama experiences.  All units are studied within the framework of the three central organisers – forming, presenting and responding.  Topics studied by the students may include process drama, Australian drama, heritage theatre, physical theatre, epic theatre, absurd theatre and community theatre.

Fashion Design (Multi Arts Studies) *

Multi Arts Studies is an authority-registered subject. Year 11/12 Fashion Design extends the opportunities provided in year 10 Fashion Design and is designed to provide a broad range of experiences.  Topics studied by the students may include jean refurbishment, Baroque inspired garments, eco-chic fashion, contemporary antiques and fantasy formal.

Film, Television and New Media

Film, Television and New Media is an authority subject. Year 11/12 FTV&NM extends the opportunities provided in year 10 Media and is designed to provide a broad range of experiences.  All units are studied within the framework of the three central organisers – design, production and critique.  Topics studied by the students may include documentary, animation, genre and Hollywood films and art house films.

Media Studies *

Media Studies is an authority-registered subject. Year 11/12 Media Studies extends the opportunities provided in year 10 Media and is designed to provide a broad range of experiences.  Topics studied by the students may include photography (including photoshop), filming, recut trailers and animation.

Music

Music is an authority subject. Year 11/12 Music extends the opportunities provided in year 10 Advanced Music and is designed to provide a broad range of experiences.  All units are studied within the framework of the three central organisers – analysing repertoire, composing and performing.  Topics studied by the students may include world music, music of the theatre, Australian rock and pop, major composers and major works, and programmatic music.

Music Studies *

Music Studies is an authority-registered subject. Year 11/12 Music Studies extends the opportunities provided in year 10 Music and is designed to provide a broad range of experiences.  Topics studied by the students may include audio/sound engineering, recording and performing.

Music Extension (Year 12 only)

Music Extension is an authority subject. It is a one year extension of Music and must be studied concurrently with Senior Music.   This subject caters for students with outstanding ability in music, and they choose one area of focus: musicology, composition or performance.

Visual Art

Visual Art is an authority subject. Year 11/12 Visual Art extends the opportunities provided in year 10 Visual Art and is designed to provide a broad range of experiences.  All units are studied within the framework of the three central organisers – visual literacy, application and appraising.  Topics studied by the students may include texts play on culture, dualities, trash and treasure, structure space and skin and propaganda.
 
If you require any further details, including extra-curricular offerings, please contact:
 
Angela Sleeman, Head of Department (The Arts)
 
on 3714 2333 or aslee4@eq.edu.au