Year 12 - Studio Arts Unit 3-4


Studio Arts encourages and supports students to recognise their individual potential as creative thinkers and makers of artwork. This subject presents a guided process to assist their understanding and development of art making.


In Unit 3: STUDIO PRODUCTION AND PROFESSIONAL ART PRACTICES, students focus on the implementation of an individual design process leading to the production of a range of potential directions and solutions. Students develop and use an exploration proposal to define an area of creative exploration. They plan and apply a design process for the purpose for making finished artwork in Unit 4.

The course is divided into three areas of study:

Exploration proposal: This area of study focuses on the development of an exploration proposal that creates a framework for the individual design process.

Design process: This area of study focuses on an individual design process that has been documented in the exploration proposal in Area of Study 1. The design process is developed in sufficient breadth and depth to support the student to produce a range of creative potential directions for the production of finished artwork.

Professional art practices and styles: This area of study focuses on professional art practices in relation to particular art form/s and the development of styles in artworks


Unit 4: STUDIO PRODUCTION AND ART INDUSTRY CONTEXTS STUDIO PRODUCTION AND ART INDUSTRY CONTEXTS, focuses on the production of a cohesive folio of finished artworks. These artworks should reflect the skilful application of materials and techniques, and the resolution of ideas and aesthetic qualities.

This unit also investigates aspects of artists’ involvement in the art industry, focusing on a variety of exhibition spaces and the methods and considerations involved in the preparation, presentation and conservation of artworks.

Again, the unit is divided into three areas of study:

Folio of artworks: This area of study focuses on the production of a cohesive folio of finished artworks developed from the selected potential directions that have been identified in the individual design process in Unit 3.

Focus, reflection and evaluation: This area of study requires students to reflect on their folio and produce an evaluation of the finished artworks.

Art industry contexts: This area of study focuses on how artwork is exhibited, the role of art galleries, the conversation of work and the moral/legal rights of artists.



School Assessed Coursework, external School Assessed Task 33%, VCAA Exam 34% are allocated towards ATAR score.

Unit 3 Studio Art is a prerequisite prior to undertaking unit 4.



A 3 Visual Art Diary, A2 Plastic Folio’, Grey lead Sketching Pencil Set, Fine Liner, Eraser, Coloured pencil set



Career Planning: This is a useful subject for those who intend to continue studies in The Visual Arts or related creative areas. It is also advisable for students pursuing careers in Fine Arts to study a variety of Visual Arts subjects (more than one) as most course selection is based on a folio demonstrating a wide variety of art experiences.



“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance”  Aristotle
“In our time there are many artists who do something because it is new; they see their value and their justification in this newness. They are deceiving themselves; novelty is seldom the essential. This has to do with one thing only; making a subject better from its intrinsic nature” Henri de Toulouse Lautrec

“He who works with his hands is a labourer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist” St Francis of Assisi

“It is through art, and through art only, that we can realize our perfection; through art and art only that we can shield ourselves from the sordid perils of actual existence” Oscar Wilde
IMAGE: Untitled (Detail) Painting by Narra Holleman.


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