VCE Arts subjects offered at Thomastown Secondary College include Studio Arts, Visual Communication Design, Media and Music.

Studio Arts

VCE Studio Arts identifies art as providing the opportunity for personal growth, expression of ideas and a process for examining identity. Engagement with visual art facilitates creative thinking, making and the development of new ideas, it also supports connection and exchange within communities. The study focuses on the individual as an Artist. This study allows for the exploration of a range of materials and techniques including drawing, printmaking, painting, and photography. Studio Arts is for students interested in drawing, printmaking, painting, sculpture, creativity and self-expression.

Studio Arts is about:

  • Experimenting with different art materials and techniques to develop a personal visual language
  • Exploring, presenting, evaluating and reflecting upon your creative, expressive ideas through a studio process
  • Investigating and analysing artists’ techniques and artwork through historical and cultural contexts
  • Understanding and applying art elements and principles in theory and practice
  • Understanding how galleries work, art industry issues and the role of the art curator

Studio Arts can lead to further study or careers in museums, galleries and cultural organisations, as an artist, art critic, art teacher, art therapist and areas related to Art and Design.

Visual Communication Design

This study is for students interested in architecture, engineering, interior, product and graphic design. It provides students with a range of creative skills to visualise thinking, and to explore the design process. They discover freehand and instrumental drawing, two- and three-dimensional techniques, along with traditional and digital methods in the fields of industrial, environmental and communication design.

Visual Communication Design is for students interested in graphic design (print or screen based), architecture, or product design, and those interested in developing skills in creativity and innovation.

Visual Communication Design is about:

  • Exploring visual ideas and messages in communication, environmental and industrial design
  • Using a design process, and considering factors such as sustainability, how designers work and design industry issues
  • Problem solving – thinking creatively about design solutions
  • Drawing – technical and freehand, media, materials, and methods – both digital and traditional
  • Understanding and applying design elements and principles through practice and analysis

Visual Communication Design can lead to further study or careers in architecture, interior design, industrial design, engineering, communication/graphic design, marketing, game/web and interactive design and related areas.


This study is for students interested in audio and visual expressions including film, animation, photography, print, interactive, and digital media. It provides knowledge and skills in creative thinking, planning, analysis and communication, along with the opportunity to analyse media products and concepts in an informed and critical way.  Media is for students interested in photography, film, print, animation, narrative and story telling, communication and the Media (both traditional and new)

Media is about:

  • Producing media representations, narratives and products
  • The media industry and the media production process
  • The impact of the media upon the audience and society
  • Understanding and applying media codes and conventions in relation to a range of media forms
  • Exploring new and traditional media, through film, photography and print media products

Media can lead to further study or careers in media, journalism, the film/TV industry, multimedia, gaming, communication, public relations and related areas


This study develops intellectual, aesthetic and cultural understanding of the value and importance of music in solo and group settings. In Group Performance the focus is on performing as a member of a group.

Technical, creative and interpretation skills are developed for the presentation of a performance of Music in a range of styles. Solo Performance focusses on the preparation and presentation of performances in solo and ensemble contexts, demonstrating through performance an understanding of interpretation and authenticity.

Music is about:

  • Musical notation
  • The study of musical styles
  • Aural training
  • Composition and song writing
  • Group and solo performances

Music can lead to further study or careers in teaching, as a musician, recording artist, audio technician and related areas.

See some of the amazing works of art created by our students:

  • Visit our Art Gallery here
  • Watch our musicians perform in Visions here