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The Arts

Welcome to the Arts & Languages faculty at William Ross State High School.
The Arts & Languages includes subject such as Visual Arts, Drama, Music, Film and Television, Chinese and Japanese.
The Arts & Languages teaching team are experts in their fields who are experienced, knowledgeable, and highly motivated to support your child in achieving the best possible educational outcome. 
Year 7
Visual Arts, Arts Performance, Chinese and Japanese are a wonderful selection of subjects available to all year 7 students. These exciting subjects are based on the ACARA Curriculum and are integral to successful life-long learners.
Students will study aspects such as the elements of design, performance skills, exhibitions, key vocabulary and working collaboratively with others. This subject will involve opportunities for extra-curricular activities such as Artist-in-Residence programs, Lion Dancing Workshops, Chinese Speaking Competitions, Y-Factor, Eisteddfods, School productions and excursions to Regional Galleries.
Year 8, 9 and 10
Visual Arts, Drama, Arts Performance, Creative Digital Media, Chinese and Japanese are elective subjects which are selected in year 8, 9 and 10. These subjects can be studied for one semester in year 8, or for the whole of year 9 or year 10.
In the Arts & Languages students will learn a variety of skills to prepare them for the 21st century. Students will be assessed by written, spoken or performance. Extra-curricular and excursion opportunities may include participation in Strand Ephemera, Perc Tucker Gallery, ANZAC Day performances, Y-Factor, WRevue, Takio Drumming, Regional Chinese Speaking Competitions, cluster school events, and local Radio Stations.
In Senior Secondary students can elect to study Authority (tertiary) subjects including: Visual Arts, Drama, Music, Film and Television & Chinese. Students may also select to study a Certificate II in Visual Arts.


Pre-Requisites - A “C” Achievement in Year 10 English and a “C” Achievement in Year 10 Visual Art.


Visual Art is a powerful and pervasive means of communication. It is the means of personal expression and communication by which students make visible ideas, thoughts, feelings and observations of their world through the display and exhibition of made images and objects. The course has two main components.


“Making” which has two assessment criteria: visual literacy and application, and “Appraising” which has one criterion, appraising.


In “Making” the student is involved in planning and organising activities together with collecting, analysing and organising information to solve visual problems. Students, work either as individuals or collaboratively, they use various technologies and, to a lesser extent, mathematical ideas and techniques when exploring media areas. In “Appraising”, communication of ideas and information about artworks involves planning, collecting, organising, analysing information, collating and responding in essay format.

Possible Careers – Architecture, Engineering, Town Planning, Advertising, Film and Television, Digital Imaging, Teaching, Curating, Marketing, Fashion Design, Industrial Design, Retail Display, Illustrating, Arts Administration, Interior Design, Practising Artist



DRAMA - Authority QCE POINTS: 4

Pre-Requisites - A “C” Achievement in Year 10 English.


In the subject Drama, students have opportunities to learn about a range of forms and styles of the dramatic art form and gain understandings of human experience in different cultures, times and places. Drama connects students to creative, technical and other cognitive processes and provides opportunities for them to imagine and explore beliefs, feelings, behaviours and relationships across many situations and contexts.


Students will be engaged in a range of activities including:

  • Voice and movement training
  • Study of dramatic texts and performances
  • Exercises to explore dramatic form and develop concentration, observation, characterisation, dialogue
  • Exercises in verbal Dynamics and non-verbal communication
  • Improvisation technique
  • Performances in variety of contexts, including public
  • Script writing and analysis

Possible Careers - A course of study in Drama can establish a basis for further education and employment in the fields of theatre and the broader arts industry, and in education. The knowledge, understanding and skills built in Drama connect strongly with careers in which it is important to understand different social and cultural perspectives on a variety of subjects and issues, and to communicate meaning in imaginative, aesthetic and artistic ways.




Pre-Requisites - At least a “C” Achievement for Year 10 English and Year 10 MTV.


The subject Film, Television and New Media provides opportunities for students to develop their potential to meet ever-changing and widening personal and social needs through film and television literacy. It does this by developing an awareness that skills and knowledge can assist in interpreting how the media constructs reality. Those who construct media products are motivated, controlled and constrained in various ways, including i.e. economically, politically, organisationally, technically, socially and culturally.


Film, Television and New Media teaches the changing nature and variety of technologies used to create media products. Students will gain an informed appreciation of the range of expressive forms and techniques that film and television employs to communicate meaning. Students learn to become critically informed and aesthetically appreciative audiences of film and television in all their contexts. They will learn self-discipline and independent learning, responsibility, a sense of personal worth, confidence and teamwork skills, all of which are transferable to a range of work options and life paths. Students gain an informed and enduring involvement with film and television. This subject teaches an appreciation of a range of cultures and ideologies within Australia and in the rest of the world.


Possible Careers - Film, Television and New Media is suitable for the full range of students. Students looking at opportunities as writers, Journalists, Editors and Directors in the media and creative film industry, or in public relations would particularly benefit.


MUSIC - Authority QCE POINTS: 4

Pre-Requisites - A “C” Achievement in Year 10 English and a “C” Achievement in Year 10 Music. Should already be at an intermediate level on their instrument of choice.


Students live in a world in which music has an important and pervasive presence. Senior Music offers students opportunities for personal growth and for making an ongoing contribution to the culture of their community. Through a deeper level of knowledge, understanding and active participation in music making, it is hoped that students will maintain a lifelong engagement with music as an art form and a means of creative, artistic and emotional expression.


The course encourages students to become creative and adaptable thinkers and problem solvers who are able to make informed decisions, and develop their abilities to analyse and critically evaluate. The discipline and commitment of music making builds students’ self-esteem, personal motivation and independence, as well as providing opportunities for refining their collaborative teamwork skills in activities that reflect the real-world practices of composers, performers and audiences.



The dimension, Composition, involves the creation of music by combining music elements and concepts in a range of contexts, styles and genres. It entails innovation through exploring and experimenting with sound to synthesise and express personal music ideas and enhance musicianship in Musicology and Performance.



The dimension, Musicology, involves the study of music in social, historical and cultural contexts. It entails researching, analysing and evaluating repertoire and other music sources, in a range of contexts, styles and genres, to synthesise and express a music viewpoint, and enhance musicianship in Composition and Performance.



The dimension, Performance, involves the interpretation of music elements and concepts through playing, singing and/or conducting in context. It entails communicating music to audiences through the synthesis of music ideas, stylistic characteristics and practices, while enhancing musicianship in Composition and Musicology.


Possible Careers - A course of study in music can establish a basis for further education and employment in the fields of music performance, composition, music research, pedagogy, sound technology, music theatre, Arts administration and emerging creative industries. Many universities and TAFEs offer courses with a strong music focus or in disciplines that build on the knowledge, understandings and skills which students develop in Music. The study of music can be undertaken as part of undergraduate and graduate studies in Music, and the Creative and Performing Arts, either in combined qualifications or as a creative link in interdisciplinary studies, e.g. Music and Law, and Music and Medicine.




VET RTO – William Ross SHS 30455

Pre-requisites - There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for this qualification.


This qualification allows you to develop basic knowledge and skills to prepare for work in the visual arts, craft and broader creative industries. After achieving this qualification, you could progress to a wide range of other qualifications in visual arts and craft, to the creative industries more broadly. Nominal Duration: 2 Years.


A range of teaching and learning strategies will be used to deliver the competencies. These include:

  • Practical tasks
  • Practical tasks including group work
  • Activities in simulated work environments including exhibitions & displays

Students will develop skills that lead to:

  • Further study in the visual& graphic art, or creative industries
  • Certificate III in Visual Arts
  • Certificate III in Design Fundamentals
  • Certificate III in Arts Administration