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Level: 12 Stage 2
School code: 12DPR
Year level requirements: Non compulsory
SACE code: 2VAD20
SACE credits: 20


C+ or better in Stage 1 Design.

Subject descriptor:

For both a 10-credit subject and a 20-credit subject, with a focus on Design the following three areas of study must be covered.

Visual Thinking

Visual Thinking is about developing the skills to think visually and to record this thinking. This means using drawings, sketches, diagrams, graphical representations, media or materials studies and experiments, concept representations, modelling, prototypes, photographs, photocopies of images, digital graphics and/or audiovisual digital recording techniques, accompanied by written or recorded annotations to document the thinking.

Practical Resolution

Practical Resolution artworks can be produced in various practical media such as:

Product Design eg. toy, fashion, stage, furniture and engineering design • Environmental Design eg. architectural, interior and exterior design • Graphic and Visual Communication Design eg. branding, illustration and advertising

Visual Arts in Context

Visual Arts in Context students study works of art in their historical, cultural or social context. They analyse and interpret works of design and study the works of designers and/or design movements.


The following assessment types enable students to demonstrate their learning in Stage 2 Visual Arts.

Assessment Percent
1. Folio (school based) 40%
2. Practical (school based) 30%
3. Visual Study (external) 30%

Estimated subject fees:

Cost will vary depending on materials required.

Further information

For a 10-credit subject, students should provide evidence of their learning through three or four assessments.

For a 20-credit subject, students should provide evidence of their learning through four to six assessments. Students will produce:

  • two folios
  • one or two practical works (10 Credits) or two or three practical works (20 credits), including a practitioner’s statement for each practical work
  • one visual study