The Arts

The Arts Curriculum at Coodanup College aims to develop student skills in creativity, critical thinking and understanding. Students make and respond to artworks using innovative practices to communicate, express and represent ideas, utilising available and emerging technologies to display empathy for multiple viewpoints. Students engage with the artwork and practices of both traditional and contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, and explore histories and traditions of local, regional and global cultures. At Coodanup College we have a vibrant Arts Learning Area. Students can choose from five different art disciplines, including Drama, Media, Photography, Stagecraft, Visual Arts and Dance.

We promote excellence across the arts and provide ongoing pathways through the Middle and Senior School for students who want to enrich their learning through the development of arts ideas, skills and processes and creative and critical thinking.

Coodanup College runs an extra-curricular Circus and Drumbeat program. This is a selective program and students can only enter through competitive application.

Performing Arts

A combination of Performing Arts and Stagecraft in Junior School will help students enter the VET courses in Senior School, with a broad understanding and previous experience in some of the topics studied. Completing a Certificate II in VET can lead to TAFE entry. Students in The Arts will also leave with a portfolio of work which can be submitted for university entry. Careers that students in these subjects can pursue include: Set Designer, Sound and Lighting Technician, Director, Actor, Costume Designer, Stage Manager, Front of House, Marketing Manager.

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Drama

Students explore the art of performance in a practical and enjoyable course, using team work, imagination, creativity, innovation and originality. The course looks at ways of presenting ideas, characterisation, storytelling in different forms and play building. They will be involved in workshops and excursions both on and off the College site.

Stagecraft

Focusing on the back stage roles in the theatre, Stagecraft offers students a taste of some of the design roles needed in producing a play, such as costume and prop design and construction, basic sound design and mask and puppet construction. Students will use team work, imagination, creativity, innovation and originality, as well as be involved in workshops and excursions both on and off the College site.

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Dance

Dance embodies our ideas, thoughts, emotions and values and provides a unique opportunity to develop physically, creatively, aesthetically, emotionally and intellectually. This course will offer students the opportunity to explore movement and learn dance skills, techniques and safety principles appropriate to a range of dance genres. Students will also understand the social value and functions of dance and be involved in workshops and excursions both on and off the College site including involvement in YOH Fest.

Visual Arts

Visual Arts courses will provide an opportunity to create original art projects. Possible future careers in the area of Visual Art are Graphic Artist, Web Designer, Publishing, Advertising, Artist, Fashion Designer, Ceramic and Textiles Artist. Completing a Certificate II in VET can lead to TAFE entry. WACE courses can lead to university entry. Students in The Arts will also leave with a portfolio of work which can be submitted for university entry.

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Art

Art introduces students to a range of materials, skills and techniques and provides opportunities for imaginative exploration, development and communication of ideas. Students will explore issues that are important and relevant to them, and will have the opportunity to exhibit their work in school exhibitions and also at the Mandurah Performing Arts Centre throughout the year. The course will prepare students for further studies in the areas of Art and Visual Communication Design.

Media

Media in Junior School will help students enter the WACE or VET courses in Senior School, with a broad understanding and previous experience in some of the topics studied. Completing a Certificate II in VET can lead to TAFE entry. Combined subjects in WACE can lead to University entry. Students in The Arts will also leave with a portfolio of work which can be submitted for university entry. Media students will build on their understanding of structure, intent, character, settings, points of view and genre conventions, experimenting with idea and story organisation. They will also develop and refine media production skills to integrate and shape the technical and symbolic elements in images, sounds and text, and learn about production processes and some of the controls that influence decision making in media production.