The Visual Arts Department offers innovative teaching and learning programs that foster students’ creativity, independent learning and problem-solving skills. Well-equipped learning spaces include, two digital computer suites, dedicated wet media rooms and a darkroom. These support the specialist subjects of Art Painting, Art Photography and Art Design. All subjects are NCEA University Entrance qualifications.
In the junior school (Years 9 and 10), students are introduced to a variety of skills using a range of media. At Year 9, Art Design is an option where students will experience the introduction of Adobe software and class-based activities. At Year 10 both Art and Art Design are options that build upon skills, working towards NCEA Level 1.
Arts Combo - Music, Art, Drama Module
All Year 9 students study Art, Drama and Music or Maori Performing Arts as a half year module. Each module runs for approximately 6 weeks.
In the senior school (Years 11, 12 and 13), there are many choices for students to pursue their interest in the Visual Arts with courses offered across the disciplines of Art Painting, Art Photography and Art Design. Students study towards NCEA qualifications producing a folio submission. This is often student directed at the higher level.
The Visual Arts Department endeavour to instil a lifelong love of creativity and the foundation for many and varied career opportunities in the creative industries.
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