VCE Studio Arts

The creative nature of visual art provides individuals with the opportunity for personal growth, the expression of ideas and a process for examining identity. The exhibition of visual art offers an insight into the diverse interpretations of life and its experience by artists. Engagement with visual art facilitates creative thinking and the development of new ideas, it also supports connection and exchange within communities and beyond.

VCE Studio Arts encourages and supports students to recognise their individual potential as art makers and presents a guided process to assist their understanding and development of artmaking. The study establishes effective art practices through the application of an individual design process to assist the student's production of a folio of artworks.

The theoretical component of this study is an important basis for studio practice as it offers students a model for inquiry that can support their artmaking practices. Students' research focuses on the visual analysis of artworks and investigates how artists have interpreted sources of inspiration and influences in their artmaking. Students examine how artists have used materials, techniques and processes to create aesthetic qualities. They study how artists have developed styles and explored their cultural identity in their artwork. Students use this knowledge to inform their own processes to support their artmaking.


The foundation for the individual design process is established in Units 1 and 2 where students develop an understanding of how to source artistic inspiration related to their individual interests. Through the study of artists from different cultures, students recognise the diversity of aesthetic qualities and examine a range of interpretations of ideas and themes. In practical application students identify elements of inspiration for the development of their own creative artworks and explore a wide variety of materials and techniques.


In Unit 3 the student uses an exploration proposal to define an area for the development of a visual design process that is based on their individual concepts and ideas. The exploration proposal underpins the student's working process and is used as a reference for the development and reflection of the design process. This enables the student to establish an understanding about how to generate a range of potential directions for the production of possible future artworks.


In Unit 4 students develop a creative folio of finished artworks based on selected potential directions. Students evaluate the use of materials, techniques and aesthetics in relation to the successful communication of their ideas in their finished artworks.


The study is made up of four units:


Unit 1: Artistic inspiration and techniques
Unit 2: Design exploration and concepts
Unit 3: Studio production and professional art practices
Unit 4: Studio production and art industry contexts


Each unit contains between two and four areas of study.



There are no prerequisites for entry to Units 1, 2 and 3. Students must undertake Unit 3 prior to undertaking Unit 4. Units 1 to 4 are designed to a standard equivalent to the final two years of secondary education.