The Arts - Pathways to VCE, VCE VET and VCAL
As students approach the end of the compulsory years of schooling they begin to make choices about their preferred areas of and pathways for learning. Students choose studies from the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or recognised vocational training through either Vocational Education Training (VET) or the Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL).
The Arts domain provides a foundation which Years 9 and 10 students can use as a basis for further education and training involving arts learning. The Arts domain provides opportunities for students to create and critically explore visual culture, individual arts disciplines including art, dance, drama, media, music and visual communication as well as performances in contemporary and traditional genres, and arts works that involve the fusion of traditional techniques and forms with digital media. These studies can lead to a range of tertiary and vocational studies, such as those associated with multimedia, fine art, graphic and fashion design, the music industry, film and television, theatre and advertising.
The Arts domain provides Years 9 and 10 students with a range of effective pathways to post-compulsory education and training and employment, which include:
- Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL). At each VCAL level students can continue specialisation in one or more arts disciplines. This may involve for example, folio preparation in visual arts, media or design or involvement in dance, theatre or music performances as part of a school or community based collaborative project.
- Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) in the Arts studies of Art, Dance, Drama, Media, Music (Group performance, Solo performance & Music Styles) Studio Arts, Theatre Studies and Visual Communication and Design.
- Vocational Education and Training (VET) in the VCE program with the arts related programs of Certificate II in Dance, Certificate II in Multimedia, Certificate III in Multimedia, Certificate II in Music Industry (Foundation), Certificate III in Music, Certificate III in Music Industry (Technical production), Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (Desktop Publishing), Certificate II in Printing and Graphic Arts (General).
- Arts related employment after Year 10.
The Arts VELS and the VCE
At Level 6, learning in the Arts draws on the arts disciplines of Art, Dance, Drama, Media, Music, and Visual Communication and Design. In Level 6 students explore personal interests and further develop skills, knowledge and understanding relevant to specific arts forms and disciplines in increasingly sophisticated ways.
There is both a clear connection between the use of language and an articulation in teaching and learning from the Level 6 Arts standards to each of the VCE Arts studies – Art, Dance, Drama, Media, Music (including Unit 3-4 sequences in Group Performance, Solo Performance and Music Styles), Studio Arts, Theatre Studies and Visual Communication and Design.
The focus on areas of specialisation, development of a personal style, justification and refinement of the content and aesthetic qualities of students’ own works in the Creating and making standard at Level 6 links with the ‘making’, ‘presenting’ and ‘performing’ areas of study in each of the VCE Arts studies. In the Exploring and responding dimension students focus on critical analysis, interpretation and description of the stylistic, technical, expressive and aesthetic features of their own works and works created by a range of other artists. The knowledge, skills and behaviours that students develop through learning in this dimension inform the theoretical aspects of the work they undertake in VCE units. The interdependent nature of the two dimensions in Level 6 is reflected in each of the VCE Arts studies where personal practice is informed by study of the works and practice/working methods of other artists.
More information about The Arts Level 6.
More information about VCE (www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/vce)
More information about VET (www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/vet)
More information about VCAL (www.vcaa.vic.edu.au/vcal)