VCE Art

This information is based on the study information provided by VCAA.

Rationale

The study acknowledges the value of creativity and analytical thinking in preparing students for today’s world by encouraging imagination, flexibility and adaptability. Students are encouraged to recognise the interplay between research and artmaking, and are presented with an informed context that supports an awareness of art as a tool for cultural and personal communication, in addition to providing stimulus and inspiration for their own artmaking.

Structure

The study is made up of four units:

Unit 1 – Art and Meaning

The focus of this unit is on the introduction of the Analytical Frameworks to support the interpretation of the meaning and messages of artworks. Areas of individual interests are explored, developing and applying skills to create artworks.

Unit 2 – Art and Culture

The focus of this unit is on the ways in which art reflects and communicates the values, beliefs and traditions of and in the societies for which it is created. Areas of personal interest, related to cultural identification, are explored, through experimentation with techniques, materials, processes and art forms.

Unit 3 – Interpreting Art

The focus of this unit is on responding critically to interpret the meaning and messages of artworks.  Artworks are created through inspiration from ideas, concepts and observations. Through the development of a folio of work, ideas and experimentation of artmaking materials,  techniques, processes and artform/s are developed and refined,  with documentation of thinking and working practices, using the language and context of selected Analytical Frameworks to guide reflections.

Unit 4 – Discussing and Debating Art

The focus of this unit is on discussing and debating art issues through research and analysis of artworks. The folio of work begun in Unit 3 is progressively developed, refined and resolved. Thinking and working practices are documented, reflecting exploration, experimentation and skill. 

Assessment

Satisfactory Completion

Demonstrated achievement of outcomes specified for the unit

Unit 1

Outcome 1: On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse and interpret a variety of artworks using the Formal Framework and the Personal Framework.

Outcome 2: On completion of this unit the student should be able to present visual creative responses that demonstrate their personal interests and ideas through trialling techniques, materials and processes. 

Unit 2

Outcome 1: On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse, interpret, compare and contrast artworks from different cultures using the Formal Framework and the Cultural Framework.

Outcome 2: On completion of this unit the student should be able to demonstrate technical and artistic development in the presentation of visual responses that include one finished artwork, through the exploration of selected media, materials and techniques.

Unit 3

Outcome 1: On completion of this unit the student should be able to use the Analytical Frameworks to analyse and interpret artworks produced before 1970 and artworks produced since 1970, and compare and contrast the meanings and messages of artworks produced before 1970 with those of artworks produced since 1970.

Outcome 2: On completion of this unit the student should be able to explore personal ideas and concepts through a conceptual and practical investigation including at least one finished artwork, using selected Analytical Frameworks to reflect upon and annotate their work.

Unit 4

Outcome 1: On completion of this unit the student should be able to discuss and debate an art issue using selected artist/s works as context, and present their informed opinion with reference to artworks and with the support of selected commentaries and relevant aspects of the Analytical Frameworks.

Outcome 2: On completion of the unit the student should have progressively communicated ideas, directions and/or personal concepts in a body of work that includes at least one finished artwork, having used selected Analytical Frameworks to underpin reflections on their art-making.

Study Score: Units 3 and 4

School assessed task, school assessed coursework and an end of year examination.

  • Unit 3 school assessed coursework (10%)
  • Unit 4 school assessed coursework (10%)
  • Units 3 and 4 school assessed task (50%)
  • Uits 3 and 4 examination (30%)