Stage 6 creative arts includes the subjects of dance, drama, music and visual arts. HSC course descriptions can be found on the NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) website. Students can choose to explore and develop their knowledge and skills in specialised art forms in one or more subjects. Each requires a practical component as part of the HSC.
Stage 6 dance offers students with previous dance training an opportunity to study the creative, historical and cultural aspects of dance through performance, composition and appreciation. There is a performance component for the HSC.
Dance resources may be useful in the programming of dance in Stage 6.
Stage 6 drama students explore all aspects of theatre performance and styles through making, performance and critical studies. HSC students are required to participate in a group performance and an individual project.
Drama resources may be useful in the programming of dance in Stage 6.
There are three Stage 6 music courses, each requires both practical and written HSC exams.
- HSC music 1 provides options for students who have a varied musical background and wish to pursue the study of popular music.
- HSC music 2 provides options for students who have already studied music in some depth through elective or other formal music studies and wish to focus on western art music.
- Music extension is available to music 2 students as an additional subject to further develop their already advanced skills in musicology, performance and composition.
Music resources may be useful in the programming of music in Stage 6.
Stage 6 visual arts students use frames and conceptual frameworks to learn about art, its development and history. Students develop their knowledge and skills in a broad range of art making techniques and use a process diary as they develop a body of work. The HSC involves both a written exam and submitted artwork.
Visual arts resources may be useful in the programming of music in Stage 6.
HSC showcases and exhibitions of the creative arts are advertised on the NESA website annually.