This study acknowledges art to be an integral part of our lives. Art is a potent and dynamic visual language through which we are able to communicate personal experiences, ideas, cultural values and beliefs. In both the process of making and examining art, students can realise the power to inspire change through imagination, creativity and innovation.

Within this Art study, theoretical research and investigation informs art making. Students are encouraged to recognise the interplay between research and art making. This provides students with an informed context that supports an awareness of art as a tool for cultural and personal communication, in addition to providing stimulus and inspiration for their own art making. The study acknowledges the value of creativity and analytical thinking in preparing students for today’s world by encouraging imagination, flexibility, adaptability and risk-taking. Students develop their visual language through personal and independent learning by combining a focused study of artworks with practical art making.

This study of Art also provides the opportunity to investigate the role of art in the world through a study of historical and contemporary cultures. The Art study challenges students to articulate their understanding of the meanings and messages contained within artworks and to examine the effects of artworks upon the viewer. Throughout their study, students develop skills in research, analysis and arts criticism to interpret and debate the issues that are raised and, in response; they form and support personal points of view. Through exploration and experimentation using art forms, materials, techniques and processes, students progressively develop their own artworks and develop an awareness of appropriate health and safety practices.