In Visual Arts education, students develop visual literacy and aesthetic awareness as they manipulate and transform visual, tactile, and spatial ideas to solve problems. They explore experiences, stories, abstract concepts, social issues, and needs, both individually and collaboratively.
Visual Art in Year 9 is a compulsory one-term course, while Year 10 is a half-year option subject, where students are given practice in the fundamental techniques of drawing, painting and printmaking.
In Year 11 Visual Art students will complete a practical art course following a Level 1 NCEA programme, culminating in the completion of an externally assessed portfolio of work. Years 12 and 13 split into separate discipline-based subjects in Photography, Design and Painting. These follow NCEA programmes of study which focus on the methods, ideas and conventions from established practice appropriate to their chosen discipline, working through project-based internal assessments to develop ideas and deepen understanding. Finally, they will complete an externally-assessed portfolio of original work.