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The Arts

The Arts have the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging them to reach their creative and expressive potential.

The 5 Arts subjects at State High are:

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Media Arts
  • Music
  • Visual Art

Contact details for the Head of Department are listed under the Leadership and Management Team.

Subjects offered

T​he senior course gu​ide (PDF, 316 KB) provides a course overview and describes the required Year 10 prerequisites for Year 11 and 12 subjects.​

Arts subjects offered for junior and senior students

Year level

Subjects offered

Years 7 to 9

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Media Arts (known as Film, Television and New Media in Year 10-12)
  • Visual Art

Year 10

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Film Television & New Media
  • Visual Art

Years 11 and 12

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Music Studies (Year 11)
  • Music Extension (Year 12)
  • Film Television & New Media
  • Visual Art

Why study the Arts?

Students learn how to create, design, represent, communicate and share their imagined and conceptual ideas, emotions, observations and experiences. The Arts contribute to the development of confident and creative individuals, nurturing and challenging active and informed citizens.

The Arts explores:

  • significant contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to Australia’s arts heritage and contemporary arts practices. 
  • students learn as artists and audience through the intellectual, emotional and sensory experiences of The Arts. They acquire knowledge, skills and understanding specific to The Arts subjects and develop critical understanding that informs decision making and aesthetic choices.
  • students learn to express their ideas, thoughts and opinions as they discover and interpret the world. They learn that designing, producing and resolving their work is as essential to learning in The Arts as is creating a finished artwork.
  • students develop their Arts’ knowledge and aesthetic understanding through a growing comprehension of the distinct and related languages, symbols, techniques, processes and skills of The Arts subjects.
  • the Arts learning provides students with opportunities to engage with creative industries and arts professionals.
  • creatively solve problems and generate ideas.

Learning in the Arts is based on cognitive, affective and sensory/kinaesthetic response to arts’ practices as students revisit increasingly complex content, skills and processes with developing confidence and sophistication across their years of learning.​​