Creative Arts

Find additional advice on learning from home in Creative Arts. Students should ensure they are communicating regularly with their school and classroom teacher via your preferred digital platform for up to date advice on their course.

Key advice for students working at home

Year 11/12 students continue to work on studying dance as an art form and dance practice through your major study.

Ensure you are practising all required performance, composition and appreciation skills. These can be practised and marked from past papers available from NESA.

Access NESA syllabuses and past papers to practise questions for topics that have already been completed.

Year 11 students may use the time to develop a major study research appreciation task, specifically focusing on identifying their research topics and conducting research and collecting secondary data. In appreciating dance as an art form, you should study:

  • the historical perspective of dance
  • specific dance styles
  • seminal artists
  • dance analysis
  • selected companies, choreographers and works
  • writing and criticism

Year 12 students should note that the Core composition and Major study components of the 2020 HSC examination have been altered for safety reasons. Details of this can be found on NESA’s website and a brief summary is listed below.

  • Students must dance their own choreography
  • External HSC exams for Major Study Composition and Dance and Technology Film and Video are cancelled.

Communicate with your teacher and submit all the work you have completed. This work could help determine your assessment mark estimate. Monitor communication with your teacher to discuss your options if you are affected by those changes.

Maintain contact with peers through online communication to discuss work, concepts and social interaction.

Use the syllabus as a guide to self-direct your learning in the chosen options outlined by your teacher in your course guide/subject outline.

Use reputable websites, educational videos and textbooks/academic texts to structure your learning and take notes in your preferred style.

Use apps such as Quizlet to create practice questions of varying types to quiz yourself and maintain your knowledge.

Access NESA past papers to practise questions for topics already covered.

Check the syllabus on NESA's website and be aware of any changes being announced that affect examination content. See NESA news for updates and contacts regarding assessment.

Key advice for students learning at home

Year 11/12 students continue to work on studying the cultural traditions and social contexts of drama and theatre through practical and written activities.

Ensure you are practising all required making, performing and critically studying skills. These can be practised and marked from past papers available from NESA.

Access NESA syllabuses and past papers to practise questions for topics that have already been completed.

Year 11 students may use the time to work on their improvisation, playbuilding and acting skills, or conduct research in elements of production in performance or theatrical traditions and performance styles. By continuing to build on your improvisation skills, you are going to enhance performance skills required for the HSC course. You could explore improvisation by:

  • using your experiences and observations to building improvisations
  • experiment with and develop character and roles
  • develop quick thinking and acting skills with other students
  • analyse improvisations and the improvisations of others online.

Year 12 students should note that the group performance and two individual project topics of the 2020 HSC examination have been altered for safety reasons. Details of this can be found on NESA’s website and a brief summary is listed below.

  • The group performance has been cancelled. The IP is now worth 50% and the written paper is worth 50%. Your teacher may decide to issue an assessment on the Group Performance – follow their guidance if so.
  • IP Portfolio of Theatre Criticism – you may now using filmed productions. Many theatre companies are broadcasting live productions online.
  • IP Video drama – final video won’t be examined. You will submit your rationale and support documents with your directorial vision, production and post-production decisions or intentions.

Monitor communication with your teacher to discuss your options if you are affected by those changes.

Maintain contact with peers through online communication to discuss work, concepts and for social interaction.

Use the syllabus as a guide to self-direct your learning in the chosen options outlined by your teacher in your course guide/subject outline.

Use reputable websites, educational videos and textbooks/academic texts to structure your learning and take notes in your preferred style.

Use apps such as Quizlet to create practice questions of varying types to quiz yourself and maintain your knowledge.

Access NESA past papers to practise questions for topics already covered.

Check the syllabus on NESA's website and be aware of any changes being announced that affect examination content. See NESA news for updates and contacts regarding assessment

Key advice for students learning at home

Year 11/12 students continue to work on studying the learning experiences of performance, composition, musicology and aural within a range of musical styles, period and genres.

Ensure you are practising all required skills. These can be practised and marked from past papers available from NESA.

Access NESA syllabuses and past papers to practise questions for topics that have already been completed.

Year 11 students may use the time to work on their performance skills. By building your performance skills you will be able to continue improving technique that will be useful for your HSC year. Always consider and research how the concepts of music is being used in your works. Consider and research historical contexts and technical skills in music performance and compositions.

Year 12 students should note that performances in all courses, ensemble in music extension and Music 1 Viva voce’s in the 2020 HSC examination have been altered for safety reasons. Details of this can be found on NESA’s website and a brief summary is listed below.

  • No ensemble performances (more than two musicians). Accompanists will still be permitted if social distancing is practiced.
  • Use pre-recorded accompaniment or change your repertoire if required.
  • All music extension performances are cancelled.
  • Viva Voce’s are to be done in line with social distancing requirements.

Monitor communication with your teacher to discuss your options if you are affected by those changes.

Maintain contact with peers through online communication to discuss work, concepts and for social interaction.

Use the syllabus as a guide to self-direct your learning in the chosen options outlined by your teacher in your course guide/subject outline.

Use reputable websites, educational videos and textbooks/academic texts to structure your learning and take notes in your preferred style.

Use apps such as Quizlet to create practice questions of varying types to quiz yourself and maintain your knowledge.

Access NESA past papers to practise questions for topics already covered.

Check the syllabus on NESA's website and be aware of any changes being announced that affect examination content. See NESA news for updates and contacts regarding assessment.

Key advice for students learning at home

Artmaking - students should continue developing their body of work from home.

  • Students might use the frames to complete research on a well-known artist whose use of materials, subject matter or style could influence their own artmaking practice and document this research in their VAPD.
  • Students could view online artmaking tutorials concerning techniques and materials to increase their depth of understanding and skills.
  • Students might view several of the videos on successful HSC students and their body of work and summarise some of the key advice and strategies used by these students.

Art History/Criticism - Students can complete research and related tasks for their Case studies, extending their knowledge and understanding of the in-depth art historical/ critical work they have been completing in a class by accessing resources provided by their teacher online via their class digital platform and uploading extended responses for peer and teacher feedback.

  • Student can also familiarise themselves with past HSC papers and complete practice questions using the frames, conceptual framework and practice to analyse and interpret artworks. Past HSC papers sometimes do not have images printed for copyright reasons but students can google images by their title to respond to the questions.
  • Short answer and extended responses can be uploaded to a digital platform for peer or teacher feedback.
  • Past Visual Arts HSC papers can be found on the NESA website.

Other advice

Keep abreast of NESA's website for any changes to the Visual Arts syllabus practical assessment practices for the HSC.

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