Visual and Performing Arts
“I do not believe in the supremacy of the director, designer, actor or even of the writer. It is through collaboration that this knockabout art of theatre survives and kicks. It was true at the Globe, The Curtain, The Crown, and in the ‘illustrious theatre’ of Moliére and it can work today.” – Joan Littlewood
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)
The Music department is a vibrant place, where students of diverse musical backgrounds and aspirations meet to explore and pursue their musical goals, with the assistance of highly qualified professional teachers. The department has a two hundred seat Music Auditorium with a beautiful new grand piano, a recording studio, a fully equipped ‘Ableton Lab’ for electronic music students, teaching spaces with computers for each student including Sibelius music notator, and practice rooms.
Our students perform regularly at lunchtime concerts, public performances including the Autumn Concert, the Winter Concert, school assemblies and school formal events. Students are also offered opportunities to perform outside of the school, such as "Yuddah", the big contemporary music gig and a host of other performances within the wider community.
The music courses offered at Narrabundah College are of the highest standard and are catered for the needs of students at different levels of achievement. Students have the opportunities to attend excursions that relate directly to the topics studied, including concerts, lectures, and tutorials at the School of Music. The Music department regularly invites high profile performers and composers to give concerts, lectures or masterclasses at our Music Auditorium.
The Music department has a history of success, and boasts a long list of alumni of leading figures in music making locally and internationally. 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?
Students can choose from these packages:
- Tertiary (T)
- Accredited (A)
Tertiary courses are specifically aimed at students who want to pursue their musical studies at university level.
Accredited Music Courses are for students who want to study music mostly for self-enjoyment and do not require music as a part of their tertiary package.
The streams taught at Narrabundah College are:
- Jazz (T or A)
- Electronic (T or A)
- Classical (T or A)
- Contemporary (T or A)
Tertiary Music courses enable students to reach tertiary admittance level. These courses are specifically aimed at students who want to pursue their musical studies at university level.
Accredited Music Courses are for students who want to study music for self-enjoyment and do not require music as a part of their tertiary package.
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. The 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.
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.”
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.
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.
Units are offered as either half-standard (0.5) and/or standard (1.0) units as indicated against
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)
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)
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.
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.
Ceramics may be taken as a Minor or Major course.
Units are offered as either half-standard (0.5) and/or standard (1.0) units as indicated against each unit.
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)
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)
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
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.
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.
Units offered in Photography:
Black & White Photography
- Introduction to Photography
- Continuing Photography
- Photographic Design
- Photographic Studio
- Art Photography
- Photographic Publications
- Foundation to Digital Imaging
- Continuing Digital Photography
- Digital Photography Techniques
- Photography in Context
- Photography Negotiated Study
- Photography Now
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)