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Cultural Selective Entry

Brisbane State High School has a strong tradition of excellence in the arts. Students can apply for Selective Entry for either:

  • Instrumental Music (orchestral instruments only - not piano, guitar or harp)
  • Visual Art
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Before You Apply

Please read these documents before starting your application:

Year 7 2020 Selective Entry Enrolment Information

Cultural (Instrumental Music) Selective Entry

Submit these forms to apply for Cultural (Instrumental Music) Selective Entry

The need for numbers of students and instruments required varies each year. 

Music Audition Process (PDF, 144 KB)​​ ​provides more information on the enrolment and audition process.

Year 7 minimum requirements

  • AMEB Grade 6 for violin
  • AMEB Grade 5 for flute
  • AMEB Grade 4 for most other instruments.

Years 8-12 minimum standards

Students should email Enrolments at for the minimum standard before they apply.

 Cultural (Visual Art) Selective Entry

Students must submit a folio of 10 works that best demonstrate their artistic ability. The work should be no larger than A3 size (photographs of larger works, 3D and sculptural work and USB's of time-based/digital media work may be included in the folio).

Folios will be assessed on a student’s:

  • analytical and interpretative drawing skills (ability to draw from life and to express and interpret through the drawing medium)
  • experimentation with concepts, subject matter or materials (willingness to go beyond the standard convention of the medium and strive for innovation and originality)
  • ability to interpret, express and communicate ideas (clarity and intent of ideas and aesthetic achievement).

Students in Year 6 applying for Cultural (Visual Art) Selective Entry into Year 7 may also be required to attend a workshop to demonstrate their skills. ​​

Submitting Your Application


Send your completed application package to:

Brisbane State High School
Corner Cordelia and Glenelg Streets​​​​
South Brisbane Qld 4101

Original documents included in the application can be returned by post if the application includes a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Brisbane State High School cannot accept any responsibility for documents sent by mail.

In person

You are welcome to lodge the completed application packages to the school administration​ office located on the Merivale Street Campus, between 8:00am and 3:30pm on school days.​

For further information regarding Cultural Selective Entry enrolment, please contact the Enrolments Office via or +61 7 3291 4111.