Planning, programming and assessing creative arts 7-10

Creative arts in Stages 4 and 5 offers students opportunities to extend their knowledge and skills in a variety of art forms.

Subject information

Creative arts in Stages 4 and 5 offer students:

In the elective subject of dance students learn movement principles, stylised techniques, an ability to express ideas creatively and how to analyse dance as a work of art. They appreciate the dynamic cultural and historical role of dance through performance and composition.

In the elective subject of drama students gain an understanding of the artistic and creative processes needed to make drama, as well as an appreciation of the nature of performance and the connection between performers and their audience.

Music is a mandatory subject in Stage 4 in which students study musical concepts through performing, composing and listening.

The elective course continues to build on musical experiences and learning, further developing the knowledge, skills and understanding of a range of musical concepts and a student's own compositions. It is a pathway to studying Music 2 in Stage 6.

Visual arts is a mandatory course in Stage 4 in which students study art making, and critical and historical studies through the use of the conceptual framework and a variety of frames.

The elective course allows students to develop further their critical understanding of the artist and different points of view of the visual arts. They also expand on their art making practice, using a variety of materials and techniques.

In the Stage 5 elective subject of visual design, students gain an understanding of the design world through the areas of print, object and space-time design in art making, critical and historical studies, the conceptual framework and the frames.

In Stage 5 the elective subject of photographic and digital media students explore the world through artistic practice, conceptual knowledge, the frames, and technological procedures.

Assessment in the creative arts

The objectives of assessment in the creative arts are it:

  • reinforces student learning
  • aids in planning for effective teaching and learning
  • produces evidence of student achievement
  • creates and collects student data.

Assessment for learning

Teacher practice identifying student knowledge, skills and areas for growth.

Assessment as learning

A student engages, reflects and monitors their learning.

Assessment of learning

Evidence of student achievement against outcomes and standards.

Creative cast podcast

This podcast channel is presented to you by the creative arts curriculum team from the Secondary learners, Educational standards Directorate. Chatting and unpacking all things creative arts syllabus, assessment and pedagogy.

NESA syllabuses

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