Year 12
Year 12
Outdoor Teaching

VCE Studio Art Units 3 & 4

The Studio Arts course allows students to explore a range of Digital Art and Photography media. This encompasses the use of Digital SLR cameras and a broad range of digital arts techniques using software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. In Units 1 and 2 students learn different techniques and skills in a range of software applications. In Units 3 and 4 students pursue their own art ideas and choose a specific Digital Arts form in order to create their final folio.  Studio Arts has close links to the Art and Design Industry and allows students to study and understand how galleries work and operate and the roles of gallery staff. The course also looks at conservation and preservation of artworks. Current issues in art are discussed: they may relate to artists, galleries, and the public perception of art or the marketing of the art product.

Unit 3: Studio production and professional art practices

This unit focuses on the implementation of an individual design process leading to the production of a range of potential directions. Students develop and use an exploration proposal to define an area of creative exploration. They plan and apply a design process to explore and develop their individual ideas. Analysis of these explorations and the development of the potential directions is an intrinsic part of the design process to support the making of finished artworks in Unit 4. This unit also includes the study of artists and their work practices and processes may provide inspiration for students’ own approaches to artmaking. Students investigate and analyse the response of artists to a wide range of stimuli, and examine their use of materials and techniques. They explore professional art practices of artists in relation to particular artworks and art form/s and identify the development of styles in artworks.

Areas of Study

  • Exploration Proposal
  • Design Process
  • Professional art practices and styles

Unit 4: Studio production and art industry contexts

This unit focuses on the production of a cohesive folio of finished artworks. To support the creation of the folio, students present visual and written documentation explaining how selected potential directions generated in Unit 3 were used to produce the cohesive folio of finished artworks. These artworks should reflect the skilful application of materials and techniques, and the resolution of ideas and aesthetic qualities. This unit also investigates aspects of artists’ involvement in the art industry, focusing on a variety of exhibition spaces and the methods and considerations involved in the preparation, presentation and conservation of artworks. Students examine a range of environments for the presentation of artworks exhibited in contemporary settings. Students are expected to visit at least two different exhibition spaces in their current year of study.

Areas of Study

  • Folio of artworks
  • Focus, reflection and evaluation
  • Art industry contexts

Assessment for Units 3 and 4

  • Completion of a range of Digital artworks using the Design Process, and developing a final folio
  • Presentation of research tasks
  • Students will be required to maintain a visual diary for planning and ideas.
  • Scored tasks - SAT 1 Design Process (Unit 3) and SAT 2 Folio (Unit 4) and a 1.5 hour written exam in November are the tasks that comprise the study’s ENTER score


There are no set pre-requisites for this study, however, students need to be self motivated and have ideas ready to work with and explore during class time.

It is recommended that students complete Studio Arts Units 1&2 for entry to Unit 3&4

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Students develop a folio of digital artworks which they can present as evidence at a range of visual arts courses. Many Studio Arts students go on to study at TAFE or University, either as a hobby or a career.

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