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HSC course descriptions – Creative Arts

Course: Dance

Course No: 15070

2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC

Board Developed Course

Exclusions: Projects developed for assessment in one subject are not to be used either in full or in part for assessment in any other subject.

Preliminary Course

Students undertake a study of Dance as an artform. There is an equal emphasis on the components of Performance, Composition and Appreciation in the study of Dance. Students studying Dance bring with them a wide range of prior dance experience. Physical training and preparation of the body is fundamental and of paramount importance to the course and informs all three components of the course.

Components to be completed are:

  • Performance (40%)
  • Composition (20%)
  • Appreciation (20%)
  • Additional (20%)(to be allocated by the teacher to suit the specific circumstances/context of the class).

HSC Course

Students continue common study in the three course components of Performance, Composition and Appreciation and also undertake an in-depth study of dance in one of the Major Study components, either Performance, Composition, Appreciation or Dance and Technology

  • Core (60%) Performance 20%, Composition 20%, Appreciation 20%
  • Major Study (40%) Performance or Composition or Appreciation or Dance and Technology.

Particular Course Requirements

The interrelation of the course components is a major feature in the study of dance as an artform and is emphasised throughout both courses.

The published Course Prescriptions, which may change in total or in part every three years, indicate works and artists to be studied in the HSC Course in Core Appreciation and Major Study Appreciation.

Course: Drama

Course No: 15090

2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC

Board Developed Course

Exclusions: Projects developed for assessment in one subject are not to be used either in full or in part for assessment in any other subject.

Course Description

Students in Drama study the practices of Making, Performing and Critically Studying. Students engage with these components through collaborative and individual experiences.

Preliminary Course

Content comprises an interaction between the components of Improvisation, Playbuilding and Acting, Elements of Production in Performance and Theatrical Traditions and Performance Styles. Learning comes from practical experiences in each of these areas.

HSC Course

Australian Drama and Theatre and Studies in Drama and Theatre involve the theoretical study through practical exploration of themes, issues, styles and movements of traditions of theatre, exploring relevant acting techniques, performance styles and spaces.

The Group Performance (3-6 students) involves creating a piece of original theatre (8–12 minutes duration). It provides opportunity for each student to demonstrate his or her performance skills.

For the Individual Project, students demonstrate their expertise in a particular area. They choose one project from Critical Analysis or Design or Performance or Script-writing or Video Drama.

Main Topics Covered

Preliminary Course

  • Improvisation, Playbuilding, Acting
  • Elements of Production in Performance
  • Theatrical Traditions and Performance Styles

HSC Course

  • Australian Drama and Theatre (Core content)
  • Studies in Drama and Theatre
  • Group Performance (Core content)
  • Individual Project

Particular Course Requirements

The Preliminary course informs learning in the HSC course. In the study of theoretical components, students engage in practical workshop activities and performances to assist their understanding, analysis and synthesis of material covered in areas of study. In preparing for the group performance, the published Course Prescriptions include a topic list which is used as a starting point. The Individual Project is negotiated between the student and the teacher at the beginning of the HSC course. Students choosing Individual Project Design or Critical Analysis must base their work on one of the texts listed in the published text list. This list changes every three years. Students must ensure that they do not choose a text or topic they are studying in Drama in the written component or in any other HSC course when choosing Individual Projects.

Course: Music 1

Course No: 15290

2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC

Board Developed Course

Exclusions: Music 2

Course Description

In the Preliminary and HSC courses, students will study the concepts of music through the learning experiences of performance, composition, musicology and aural within the context of a range of styles, periods and genres.

Main Topics Covered

Students study three topics in each year of the course. Topics are chosen from a list of 21 which covers a range of styles, periods and genres.

Particular Course Requirements

HSC course

In addition to core studies in performance, composition, musicology and aural, students select three electives from any combination of performance, composition and musicology. These electives must represent each of the three topics studied in the course.

Students selecting Composition electives will be required to compile a portfolio of work as part of the process of preparing a submitted work. The portfolio may be requested by the Board of Studies to validate authorship of the submitted work.

Course: Music 2

Course No: 15300

2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC

Board Developed Course

Exclusions: Music 1

Course Description

In the Preliminary and HSC courses, students will study the concepts of music through the learning experiences of performance, composition, musicology and aural within the context of a range of styles, periods and genres.

Main Topics Covered

Students study one Mandatory Topic covering a range of content and one Additional Topic in each year of the course.

In the Preliminary course, the Mandatory Topic is Music 1600–1900.

In the HSC course, the Mandatory Topic is Music of the Last 25 Years (Australian focus).

Particular Course Requirements

In addition to core studies in performance, composition, musicology and aural, students nominate one elective study in Performance, Composition or Musicology. Students selecting Composition or Musicology electives will be required to compile a portfolio of work as part of the process of preparing a submitted work. The portfolio may be requested by the Board of Studies to validate authorship of the submitted work.

All students will be required to develop a composition portfolio for the core composition.

Course: HSC Music Extension Course

Course No: 15310

1 unit/60 hour course

Board Developed Course

Prerequisites: Music 2 (studied concurrently with HSC course of Music 2) or at the completion of the HSC course in Music 2 for those students undertaking pathways.

Exclusions: Music 1

Course Description

The HSC Music Extension course builds on Music 2 and assumes a high level of music literacy and aural ability as well as advanced performance or composition or musicology skills.

Students will specialise in performance or composition or musicology and will follow an individual program of study which will be negotiated between the teacher and student.

Particular Course Requirements

Students selecting Composition or Musicology as their area of specialisation will be required to compile a portfolio of work as part of the process of preparing a submitted work. The portfolio may be requested by the Board of Studies to validate authorship of the submitted work.

Course: Visual Arts

Course No: 15400

2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC

Board Developed Course

Exclusions: Projects developed for assessment in one subject are not to be used either in full or in part for assessment in any other subject.

Course Description

Visual Arts involves students in artmaking, art criticism and art history. Students develop their own artworks, culminating in a 'body of work' in the HSC course. Students critically and historically investigate artworks, critics, historians and artists from Australia as well as those from other cultures, traditions and times.

The Preliminary course is broadly focused, while the HSC course provides for deeper and more complex investigations. While the course builds on Visual Arts courses in Stages 4 and 5, it also caters for students with more limited experience in Visual Arts.

Preliminary Course learning opportunities focus on:

  • the nature of practice in artmaking, art criticism and art history through different investigations
  • the role and function of artists, artworks, the world and audiences in the artworld
  • the different ways the visual arts may be interpreted and how students might develop their own informed points of view
  • how students may develop meaning and focus and interest in their work
  • building understandings over time through various investigations and working in different forms.

HSC Course learning opportunities focus on:

  • how students may develop their practice in artmaking, art criticism, and art history
  • how students may develop their own informed points of view in increasingly independent ways and use different interpretive frameworks in their investigations
  • how students may learn about the relationships between artists, artworks, the world and audiences within the artworld and apply these to their own investigations
  • how students may further develop meaning and focus in their work.

Particular Course Requirements

Preliminary Course:

  • Artworks in at least two expressive forms and use of a process diary
  • a broad investigation of ideas in art making, art criticism and art history.

HSC Course:

  • development of a body of work and use of a process diary
  • a minimum of five Case Studies (4–10 hours each)
  • deeper and more complex investigations in art making, art criticism and art history.
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