The Arts have the capacity to engage, inspire and enrich all students, exciting the imagination and encouraging students to reach their creative and expressive potential. The five distinct but related Arts subjects — Dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music and Visual Arts — share and communicate understanding and expressions of ourselves and others. Rich in tradition, the arts play a major role in the development and expression of contemporary cultures and communities, locally, nationally and globally.
The Arts communicate ideas, narratives and emotions showcasing unique identities and means of expression. In The Arts, students learn through experiences as artists and as audiences, acquiring skills specific to The Arts subjects and developing critical understanding that informs decision-making and aesthetic choices.
Through The Arts, students learn to explore and express themselves as they discover and interpret the worlds around them, communicating ideas with current and emerging technologies and using arts knowledge and understanding to make sense of their worlds. The Arts entertain, challenge, provoke responses and express and share the discourse and energy of communities, cultures and histories.
Each Arts subject has a unique aesthetic, with discrete knowledge, understanding, symbols, language, processes and skills. Learning the language, skills, techniques, processes and knowledge of each Arts subject is sequential and cumulative. Arts learning is based on practice as students revisit increasingly complex content, skills, techniques and processes with increasing confidence and sophistication across their years of learning.
The Arts contribute to the development of confident and creative individuals, nurturing and challenging active and informed citizens. Learning in and through arts traditions and cultural practices fosters social competencies and aids the development of personal identity, worldviews and global citizenship.