Year 12
Year 12
Girls doing craftwork

Art units 3 & 4

Year 12: Units 3 & 4

The VCE Art study recognises art as an integral part of our lives. Art is a 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 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 discuss 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 art practices.

Unit 3: Artworks, Ideas and Values

In this unit students study selected artists who have produced works before 1990 and since 1990. Students use the Analytical Frameworks for analysing and interpreting the meaning of artworks. Applied together, the Frameworks enable students to appreciate how an artwork may contain different aspects and layers of meaning and to acknowledge the validity of diverse interpretations. Students link their growing theoretical understanding of art to their own practice. Students apply imagination and creativity to develop their ideas through the art process and visual language. Their art making is supported through investigation, exploration and application of a variety of materials, techniques and processes. In this unit, contemporary art is considered to be that which has been produced since 1990 and reflects the current way some artists create artworks with a new approach to media, techniques, purpose and presentation.


  • Interpreting Art
  • Investigation and interpretation through art making


Unit 4: Artworks, Ideas and Viewpoints

In this unit students study artworks and develop and expand upon personal points of view. They support their point of view and informed opinions about art ideas and issues with evidence. They build their learning and conceptual understanding around the discussion of broad themes, ideas and issues related to the role of art in society and consider how ideas and issues are communicated through artworks. They discuss how art may affect and change the way people think. Attributed commentaries and viewpoints may include information from visiting artists and speakers, lecturers, educators or guides in galleries, film, pod or vodcasts, online programs, printed and online material in newspapers, periodicals, journals, catalogues or texts by art critics, curators and historians. At the end of this unit, students present a body of work accompanied by documentation of artistic practice. Students select appropriate aspects of the Analytical Frameworks as a structure for the reflection and documentation of their artworks.


  • Discussing art
  • Realisation and resolution