Year 12
Year 12
Bright Classroom

Art units 3 & 4

The VCE Art study recognises art as an integral part of our lives. Art is a potent and dynamic visual language through which we are able to communicate personal experiences, ideas, cultural values and beliefs. In both the process of making and examining art, students can realise the power to inspire change through imagination, creativity and innovation.

Within the VCE Art study, theoretical research and investigation informs artmaking. Students are encouraged to recognise the interplay between research and artmaking. This provides students with an informed context that supports an awareness of art as a tool for cultural and personal communication, in addition to providing stimulus and inspiration for their own artmaking. The study acknowledges the value of creativity and analytical thinking in preparing students for today’s world by encouraging imagination, flexibility, adaptability and risk-taking. Students develop their visual language through personal and independent learning by combining a focused study of artworks with practical artmaking.

VCE Art provides the opportunity to investigate the role of art in the world through a study of historical and contemporary cultures. The Art study challenges students to articulate their understanding of the meanings and messages contained within artworks and to examine the effects of artworks upon the viewer. Throughout their study, students develop skills in research, analysis and arts criticism to interpret and debate the issues that are raised and, in response, they form and support personal points of view. Through exploration and experimentation using art forms, materials, techniques and processes, students progressively develop their own artworks and develop an awareness of appropriate health and safety practices.

Unit 3

Outcome 1

On completion of this unit the student should be able to use the Analytical Frameworks to analyse and interpret artworks produced before 1970 and artworks produced since 1970, and compare and contrast the meanings and messages of artworks produced before 1970 with those of artworks produced since 1970.

Outcome 2

On completion of this unit the student should be able to explore personal ideas and concepts through a conceptual and practical investigation including at least one finished artwork, using selected Analytical Frameworks to reflect upon and annotate their work.

Unit 4

Outcome 1

On completion of this unit the student should be able to discuss and debate an art issue using selected artist/s works as context, and present their informed opinion with reference to artworks and with the support of selected commentaries and relevant aspects of the Analytical Frameworks.

Outcome 2

On completion of this unit the student should have progressively communicated ideas, directions and/ or personal concepts in a body of work that includes at least one finished artwork, having used selected Analytical Frameworks to underpin reflections on their artmaking.


Units 3 and 4

School-assessed Coursework, School-assessed Task, and an end-of-year examination:

  • Units 3 and 4 School-assessed Coursework: 20 per cent
  • Units 3 and 4 School-assessed Task: 50 per cent