Visual and Performing Arts

Drama

“Drama is exposure; it is confrontation; it is contradiction and it leads to analysis, construction, recognition and eventually to an awakening of understanding.”
Peter Brook

Drama is the language of humanity and an integral art form. This powerful medium provides a way to explore the world around us through enactment; representing, questioning, critiquing and communicating images and ideas. In broad terms, Narrabundah College’s Drama program involves two key areas: Making and Responding. Students learn as artists by creating Drama works that communicate to audiences. Likewise, they learn as audiences by responding critically to Drama. These actions are taught concurrently, as each depends on the other.

Narrabundah College offers an exciting and innovative Drama program, with students able to study at Tertiary or Accredited levels, as well as undertake the academically rigorous and rewarding International Baccalaureate course. From the introductory Dramatic Explorations unit, to the annual College production, course work is geared towards students discovering a variety of theatrical traditions and performance styles, whilst undertaking theatre research and criticism. Becoming involved in this branch of the Arts is a powerful way to increase confidence and self-esteem, explore collaborative learning and build emotional intelligence and resilience. Such qualities transcend the theatrical context, making a Narrabundah Drama education an exhilarating and practical experience not to be missed.

Narrabundah College’s CAT Award nominated production of The Accused (Hawk Theatre 2016)


Music

This would have to be one of most vibrant faculties in the college. A faculty where students of diverse musical backgrounds and aspirations meet to explore and pursue their musical goals, assisted by a highly qualified professional team of teachers. Our faculities include a two hundred seat music auditorium, a recording studio, an electronic music studio, teaching spaces, and practice rooms.

a student recording music in a studio

We offer our music students the opportunity to present regular lunchtime concerts as well as, a number of public performances including the Autumn Concert, the Winter Concert, the Chamber Music Concert, the Final Recital Programmes and more. Students are also offered many opportunities to extend their performance experience outside of the school including performances in "Jazzabout" a national festival for young Australian Jazz performers, "Yuddah" the big contemporary music gig and a host of other performances within the wider community.

The music courses offered at Narrabundah College are as varied as the student population who study in the college. Our success can only be measured by the vast number of students who have gained access to their preferred music courses within Universities throughout Australia. This success may be extended to include those students who have chosen to pursue a career in the contemporary music industry. Our Vocational course, leading to a Certificate 2 in Music Industry and our Schools based apprenticeship courses is positive evidence of the successes we have achieved with our students.

It does not matter whether you want to pursue music as a career or just for pleasure, Narrabundah College has something for you.

What Courses Are Available For Me?

You may choose from:
Extension Music courses which allows students with over five years of music study to extend their capabilities or talents. The extension music courses on offer include both the Solo performance course for those students who have aspirations of becoming performers on their chosen instrument(s) and the Chamber Music course for those students who enjoy performing as part of an ensemble. Both courses include practical work and theoretical studies including aspects of music history.

Tertiary Music courses which enables students to reach tertiary admittance level. These courses are specifically aimed at students who want to pursue their musical studies at University level. The choices available here are numerous and include:
Individual performance for those who want to pursue a solo performance career and also ensemble music for those who enjoy performing with others in an ensemble situation. Jazz studies for those who have a passion, as so many do, for jazz.
Electronic music for those who love music technology. In this course students explore a wide variety of music software from midi to analogue as well as sampling and concrete music. Many of our students have continued these studies at the ANU.
Contemporary Music for those who have a passion for the world of rock and everything involved with this industry. Many universities are now offering degree courses in this subject. Check it out with us.
Music in the Theatre a special course for those students who want to combine and explore their musical talents with theatre.
Guitar or Keyboard is a tertiary course for those students who have limited musical experience but would still like to do music at a level suitable for entry into a university.

The Music Industry Course is a vocational education course that has had great success in Narrabundah College. This course offers students a Nationally recognised Certificate 2 in the Music Industry and students who undertake this course are trained in industry specific skills and competencies that can lead to employment and/or further studies in either the CIT or University.

Accredited Music Courses are destined for those students who want to study music for self enjoyment only and do not require music as a part of their tertiary package. These courses include:

  • Guitar or Keyboard Workshops
  • Electronic music
  • Jazz Studies
  • Music Industry

The Music Scholarships

This scheme was introduced in 1985 to assist students with tuition fees. Students wishing to apply for scholarships must do so in the first two weeks of term 1. Auditions are held in week 4 of term 1 where students must perform two contrasting works of any style on their instrument/s. Application forms are available from the music department and awards are presented as part of the autumn concert. It is expected that the winner of the scholarship will represent the college at different events throughout their time at Narrabundah College.


VISUAL ARTS

The Visual Arts course at Narrabundah College has a long-standing reputation of excellence. Studying Art in year 11 and 12 will afford you many opportunities; creatively, technically and otherwise. It is here that you will develop skills in the fundamental aspects of art making; including drawing, sculpture, printmaking, painting and ceramics. In Art you will also learn essential skills in communication– verbal, written and visual.

Our focus, as teachers, centres on a collaborative approach with all students who choose to enrol in Art as part of their package; Standard or Tertiary. As professionals in this subject area we will mentor, encourage, challenge and facilitate you throughout your creative journey. As students who have electively decided to enrol in a Visual Arts Unit, you demonstrate that you have an interest in learning, practicing and creating.

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”
-Benjamin Franklin

VISUAL ARTS (T/A/M)

The Visual Arts course is a broad general art program that provides the opportunity for growth through self-expression in visual media. The emphasis is for the student to learn and develop a wide range of skills that contribute to the effective communication of ideas while exploring diverse media. The Visual Arts (A) course has a greater emphasis on practical studio work in assessment.

Course Pattern

The course may be taken as a Minor, Major, Major/Minor or a Double Major and is a sequential course that begins with units 1 and 2. These two units form an essential foundation for all later units and are a prerequisite for subsequent (T) units. Units of Ceramics (T/A) may be included in the Visual Arts (T/A) courses and vice versa. The single units; Drawing, Painting and Art History may be included in the Visual Arts (T/A) course.

Unit Description

Units are offered as either half-standard (0.5) and/or standard (1.0) units as indicated against

each unit.

Art 1 Exploring Visual Art

This foundation unit looks at visual art elements such as line, tone, space and colour. Students develop ideas, skills and techniques through investigating a variety of drawing media and produce thematic mixed media works. (0.5)

Art 2 Foundation Skills

This foundation unit will emphasise the development of skills and techniques in painting, sculpture and mixed media. Students will study the processes of art making, how to develop their own ideas and produce works of art. Self-identity will be explored in thematic students directed works. (1.0)

Art 3 Printmaking

The emphasis is for students to develop their own personal creativity and explore printmaking as a medium. Printmaking methods such as mono printing, various types of block printing, intaglio and screen printing will be covered. (0.5)

Art 4 Mixed Media

Students investigate a variety of combined drawing, painting and printmaking media. The emphasis is for students to develop their own personal creativity and explore 2D mixed media projects. (0.5)

Art 5 Sculpture

Students will develop their own personal creativity and explore both traditional techniques and new materials and methods in sculpture. Students develop their own project and research contemporary sculpture. (1.0)

Art 6 Contemporary Art Practice

The focus for this unit is the production of a student directed major work and the organisation of the Year 12 art exhibition. The students will investigate a media of their choice. (0.5)

Art 7 Drawing

The focus of this unit is the student’s selection of a range of 2D art media to explore in depth. The emphasis is for students to develop their own personal creativity and produce a folio of artwork on a selected theme. (0.5)

Art 8 Installation

The emphasis is for students to develop their own personal creativity and explore new materials and methods in contemporary art and installation art in particular. Students develop their own project and research installation art. (1.0)

Art 9 Exploring Emerging Art Practice

The focus for this unit is the production of a student portfolio of work suitable for submission to tertiary institutions. The artwork required will be individually negotiated. (0.5)

Painting

This unit is offered for students wanting to complete a double major in Creative Art. It requires independent work skills and a rationale for a body of work in painting. (1.0)

Art History Research & Application

Art History Research & Application  is an overview of Art History. This unit focuses on the creative development of people through the centuries from Pre History to Modern Art. For students who have a general interest in this area or a more specific goal for a future career, this is a worthwhile course of study to investigate. (0.5)

Arts Negotiated Study

Concentrates on students’ own thematic study. (0.5)

Assessment

Practical work, visual diary and research. The exact weighting given to each item varies from unit to unit. Details are available from faculty staff and in each unit outline.

CERAMICS (T/A/M)

This course offers students the opportunity of learning the major techniques of this medium, enabling them to create objects while developing ideas and styles in ceramics. Emphasis is placed on students’ personal creativity. The Ceramics (A) course has a greater emphasis on practical studio work in assessment.

Course Pattern

Ceramics may be taken as a Minor or Major course.

Unit Description

Units are offered as either half-standard (0.5) and/or standard (1.0) units as indicated against each unit.

Example

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Exploring Ceramics

This foundation unit forms an essential foundation for all later units and looks at concepts such as form, texture and construction. Students investigate a variety of ceramic construction techniques. It also introduces students to different firing methods, surface treatments and decoration applications. These aspects of ceramics are explored through the student’s ceramic projects. (0.5)

Hollow Ceramic Form Sculpture

Develops students’ skills in working on extending coil constriction techniques and sculptural abilities. Also develops Raku experience and surface treatment of ceramic ware. (1.0)

Wheel Work

Introduces students to wheelwork and extends hand building technique and working with low and high relief sculpture. (0.5)

Ceramic Decoration  & Firing

Develops students’ own thematic study with emphasis on surface decoration techniques. (0.5)

Ceramic Sculpture and Mixed Media

Further develops students’ own thematic study. Students will complete a large hollow form sculpture in clay. Students are also required to assist in a Raku firing as well as producing their own Raku sculptures. (1.0)

Arts Negotiated Study

Concentrates on students’ own thematic study. (0.5)

Assessment

Practical work, visual diary and research. The exact weighting given to each item varies from unit to unit. Details are available from faculty staff and in each unit outline


Photography

The Centre for Applied Arts was opened in 1998 and accommodates the course areas of Photography, Design, Architectural Studies, Woodwork and Computer-Aided Design. Photography students can complete a major/minor in photography at Narrabundah College.

This area has several useful facilities, such as, a process room is where students develop their films, a darkroom used to develop photographic prints, theory and mounting rooms with plenty of display boards to hang the finished products.

This area has several useful facilities, such as, a process room is where students develop their films, a darkroom used to develop photographic prints, a photographic studio, theory and mounting rooms with plenty of display boards to hang the finished products.

Students in the photo Studio

Students developing photographic prints in the darkroom

Mac Lab:

This is available for the students to research art online and as a means to develop aspects of their projects. There is internet access, a photo quality printer and a scanner.

This lab is for the minor course of digital photography as well as the major course in Architectural Studies and Computer Aided Design. Facilities include flat bed and negative scanners, printers, plotters and a network of computers.

Students in a Mac Lab

Units offered in Photography:

Black & White Photography

  • Introduction to Photography
  • Continuing Photography
  • Photographic Design
  • Photographic Studio
  • Art Photography
  • Photographic Publications

Digital Photography

  • Foundation to Digital Imaging
  • Continuing Digital Photography
  • Digital Photography Techniques
  • Photography in Context
  • Photography Negotiated Study
  • Photography Now

Dance

Dance is the language of movement. It is an art form that uses the body as an instrument of communication and creativity.  It has its own specific language, processes and techniques that are explored through creation, performance and evaluation of dance, demanding intellectual and physical rigour.

When creating dance, students explore ideas through developing an understanding of the elements of dance, stylistic conventions and choreographic tools. They learn to problem solve, collaborate and make creative judgements as they select and structure those elements and conventions to create and shape choreographic sequences.

When presenting dance, students use expressive techniques to convey the choreographer's intent to an audience. They develop an understanding of the nature and function of dance; through a practical knowledge of various forms and styles and a range of technical and performance skills to entertain, inspire and challenge an audience.

When evaluating dance, students use a range of processes to communicate their interpretation, critical analysis and appreciation of dance. The deconstruction of dance forms allows students to demonstrate their understanding and knowledge of dance as performers, choreographers and observers.

Dance offers opportunities for students to derive a sense of wellbeing, self-esteem and the necessary social skills to work effectively, both individually and collaboratively.  Through Dance, students have the opportunity to develop a range of life skills that will enhance their careers and personal growth.

Units offered in Dance:

  • Dance Foundations (1.0)
  • Introduction to Dance (0.5)
  • Dance History (1.0)
  • Dance in Perspective (0.5)
  • Contemporary Dance (1.0)
  • Pioneers of Dance. (0.5)
  • World Dance (1.0)
  • Dance from Other Cultures (0.5)
  • Theatrical Dance Styles (1.0)
  • Dance for Stage and Screen (0.5)
  • Dance Production (1.0)
  • Theatre Elements in Dance (0.5)
  • Dance and the Media (1.0)
  • Dance and Visual Literacy (0.5)
  • Dance in the Community (1.0)
  • Dance in Society (0.5)
  • Dance in Our Time (1.0)
  • Popular Dance (0.5)
  • Dance in Australia (1.0)
  • Home-Grown Dance (0.5)
  • Self-Directed Dance Studies (1.0)
  • Independent Dance Studies (0.5)