Head of Visual Arts: Mrs Mandy Colman

Teacher: Ms Laura Diedericks

Why Visual Art? Art is important as a single subject, but also should be valued as a subject that involves rigorous integration with IT, science and mathematics to name but a few. How could this be? Artists and scientists strive to see the world in new ways and to communicate that vision to others.

Artists and scientists often need to invent new concepts and technologies to accomplish their goals. Watch this video clip to see why microbiologist Janet Iwasa went to Hollywood to study animation:


What careers can I follow? What careers benefit by studying Visual Art?

A full-time artist, teacher, animation artist (3D and 2D), architect, draughtsman, web designer, graphic designer, project coordinator, interior design, film industry, engineering, scientist.

It is hard to imagine a career, or indeed a life, that will not benefit from a lateral thinking and creative mind.

In the Visual Art department, you will be encouraged to be an individual, independent thinker and a problem solver, to think logically and laterally. The subject is made up as follows:

PAT (practical assessment task): 75% of the subject mark. This section involves honing technical skills, sourcing online tutorials and practising them in class and in your own time. Investigating old and new materials and working out how to create artworks with them. You will be required to THINK and MAKE your own solutions. In Matric you are required to put together an exhibition of your most successful pieces, your final Exam PAT set by the WCED and your process work accumulated over the three years of your final GET phase.

VCS (Visual culture studies): 25% of the subject mark. This part of the subject is crucial for developing critical thinking, lateral thinking and developing a logical argument (you will make a good lawyer). You study the history of many cultures and their visual manifestation which informs your own work.

PAT = 75 + VCS = 25 = 100