VCE Studio Arts

The intention of this blog is to support students in their learning and understanding of theoretical concepts related to the Visual Arts, and more specifically, VCE Studio Arts.

VCE Studio Arts Study Design 2017-2021
VCE Studio Arts introduces students to the role and practices of artists in society. Students develop an understanding of the way artists work in a range of cultures and periods of time, the artists’ perceptions, beliefs and actions and their relationship with the viewer.

Student research focuses on critical, reflective and creative thinking, the visual analysis of artworks and the investigation of how artists have interpreted sources of inspiration and influences in their art making. Students examine how artists develop their practice and have used materials, techniques and processes to create aesthetic qualities in artworks. They study how artists have developed style and explored their cultural identity in their artwork. Students use this knowledge to inform their own studio practice and to support art making. Visiting a variety of art exhibition spaces is integral to the student’s artistic and creative development. Students also consider the ways in which artists work to develop and resolve artworks, including their use of inspiration and their creative process.

The role of artists in society includes their relationships with others in the art industry and the presentation and exhibition of artworks in art galleries and exhibition spaces. Students research aspects of the art industry including the presentation, conservation and marketing of artworks.

The creative nature of the visual arts provides individuals with the opportunity for personal growth, the expression of ideas and a process for examining identity. Exhibitions of artworks offer an insight into the diverse interpretations of life and experiences of artists. Engagement with artworks facilitates creative thinking and the development of new ideas; it also supports connection and exchange within local, national and global communities.
VCE Studio Arts encourages and supports students to recognise their individual potential as artists and develop their understanding and development of art making.
VCE Studio Arts broadens students’ understanding of, and ability to engage with, artworks. It equips students with the knowledge and skills to pursue an art studio practice and follow tertiary and industry pathways in fine art, research and education. The study also offers students opportunities for personal development and encourages them to make an ongoing contribution to society and the culture of their community through lifelong participation in the making and viewing of artworks.

This study enables students to:
• express themselves creatively through art making and come to understand how to support and sustain their art practice
• develop an individual studio process, and practice and refine specialised skills appropriate to particular art forms and media selected for art making
• analyse and draw inspiration from the ways in which artists apply studio processes in the production of their individual artworks
• develop an understanding of historical and cultural contexts in the production and analysis of artworks
• develop and apply skills in visual analysis, including the use of appropriate terminology in relation to their own artwork and artists studied
• extend their understanding of the roles and methods involved in the presentation of artworks in a range of gallery and exhibition spaces
• develop an understanding of professional art practices related to the exhibition of artworks to an audience, including the roles and methods involved in the presentation of artworks in a range of gallery and exhibition spaces.

The study is made up of four units;
Unit 1: Studio inspiration and techniques
Unit 2: Studio exploration and concepts
Unit 3: Studio practices and processes
Unit 4: Studio practice and art industry contexts

Each unit deals with specific content contained in areas of study and is designed to enable students to achieve a set of outcomes for that unit. Each outcome is described in terms of key knowledge and key skills.

A glossary defining terms used across Units 1 to 4 in the VCE Studio Arts Study Design is included in the companion document Advice for teachers.



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