VCE – Studio Arts

Unit 1: Studio inspiration and techniques

In this unit you will focus on developing an individual understanding of the stages of studio practice and learn how to explore, develop, refine, resolve and present artworks.

Using documented evidence in your visual diary, you will progressively refine and resolve skills to communicate ideas in artworks.

You will also research and analyse artists from different times and cultures.

Artworks displayed at the art exhibition by Studio Arts student Sarah Chan

Area of Study 1

Researching and recording ideas – visual diary 

avannah Stoiloudis visual diary
Savannah Stoiloudis – visual diary

Area of Study 2

Studio practice

Meg Frazer
Meg Frazer – acrylic painting on canvas

Area of Study 3

Interpreting art ideas and use of materials and techniques

Students visited the Howard Arkley exhibition at TarraWarra Museum of Art
Students visited the Howard Arkley exhibition at TarraWarra Museum of Art and studied his work practices.

For this unit students are required to demonstrate 3 outcomes.

Outcomes 1 and 2

an outline of a proposed investigation of studio practice using visual language (written document)

a selection of exploratory work and visual documentation showing sources of ideas and inspiration translated into artworks through the use of a variety of materials and techniques (visual diary)

a presentation of at least one finished artwork

Outcome 3

At least one of:

an extended written response

a short-answer responses

a presentation using digital technologies

Sample works by past students studying Studio Arts Unit 1


Taylah Collins                                            Prabhloyan Gill                                                        


    Katherine Dietzel            


11 unit 1 Mikaela Buccella
Mikaela Buccella – photograph and drawing on board
Rose Healy
Rose Healy – acrylic paint on stretched canvas


Sarah Baumann
Sarah Bauman – acrylic paint on stretched canvas


A Student’s Perspective

Unit one photography involves many opportunities to express your creativity and learn new skills. I thoroughly enjoyed completing the folio work and challenging myself with the task of street photography, by going out and taking photos on the street. There is theory work which involves studying artists and movements to inspire our folio work, so a balance to complete the two outcomes is essential. Photography is a subject that involves good time management and dedication, but if you love being creative and expressing it through the form of photography, it is a great subject.

Year 11 Photography Student 

Unit 2: Studio exploration and concepts

In this unit students focus on establishing and using a studio practice to produce artworks.

The studio practice is an individual approach in Unit 2.  This means students select their own theme/concept/topic to investigate.

Students document their sources of inspiration, explore and develop ideas and experimentation with selected materials and techniques relevant to specific art forms in their visual diary as part of the studio process.

Gallery of Student Artworks – Unit 2

 Audrey Ch  Eva VS
 Nyree Campion  Spencer Niania
 Ciara- silhouette  breejux otherhalf
 EmmaButlerJUXFINAL Ciara Clarisse jux 1 copy

Through the study of art movements and styles, students begin to understand the use of other artists’ work in the making of new artworks. Using a range of art periods, movements or styles, students develop a broader knowledge about the history of art.

The exhibition of artworks is integral to Studio Arts and students are encouraged to visit a variety of exhibition spaces throughout the unit, reflect on the different environments and examine how artworks are presented to an audience.

Area of Study 1

Exploration of studio practice and development of artworks

The tasks for assessment includes:

Outcome 1

undertaking an exploration proposal (written document)

undertaking studio process (visual diary)

producing at least one artwork

Area of Study 2

Ideas and styles in artworks

Outcome 2

an extended response

short-answer responses

a presentation using digital technologies

Unit 3: Studio practices and processes
Large Scale Pencil drawing by Grace Ziino
Silver Gelatin Print by Allana Constance is made in the darkroom

Unit 3: Individual studio processes and the study of professional artists 

Area of Study 1

Exploration proposal

Students write and use a statement to define an area of creative exploration.

 Area of Study 2

Studio processes

Students investigate a range of materials and techniques to convey their ideas.

Area of Study 3

Artists and studio practices

They explore professional art practices of artists from different historical and cultural contexts in relation to particular artworks and art forms.

 Unit 4: Studio practice and art industry contexts

Area of Study 1

Production and presentation of artworks

In this unit students focus on the required to develop, refine and present artworks.

Area of Study 2


Students reflect on the production and resolution of their artworks.

Area of Study 3

Art industry contexts

Students examine environments for the presentation of artworks – researching and visiting a wide range of gallery spaces in Melbourne.

A Student’s Perspective

Studio Arts: Photography is a course in which allows further development of skill and technique learnt from year 10-11 photography. The subject offers a range of choice, as in year 12 you are able to have a freedom of choice within your folio. In Unit 3 you choose your overall theme for the year and work towards exploring subject matter and developing aesthetic and techniques. In Unit 4 you work with the potential photographs from Unit 3.  This year I was able to attend a contemporary gallery at National Gallery of Victoria, which displayed a range of Australian artists who used interactions with the audience. This year my theme was People and Places and the judgements we form. Brainstorming and forming conceptual ideas, you work closely with your teacher to develop a theme to show the potential and the type of camera you will use throughout the year. Choosing to work with Analogue (Film), most of my trials are in the darkroom and focus on discovering alternate processes. This subject offers variety in choice and is driven by your passion and commitment to the subject. I would recommend this subject to anyone who is enthusiastic about taking photographs and developing greater skill within the subject. Vice Art Captain 2014

 Jacqueline Romano

Gallery of Students Artworks Unit 4


 IMG_0416 IMG_0417  IMG_0421
 IMG_0425 IMG_0446  IMG_0427
 MWI Karlie  Student reflecting on progress  student MWI

Students can select Studio Arts in either art form: 


It is recommended students complete a sequential study of all units in one art form.  However, some students elect to study only one unit.  Either Unit 1 or 2 is an acceptable choice, as both prepare students for Unit 3 and 4.

(Note: Year 10 acceleration is offered in Studio Arts Unit 1 and 2 )

Frequently Asked Questions

Q = I have heard that Studio Arts can be scaled down – I am worried about my ATAR result, but I enjoy art and design – what shall I do?

A = “It is advisable for you to study subjects you are interested and passionate about.  Your studies are about learning, developing skills and knowledge.  You will enjoy the challenge of VCE more if you are studying subjects that you value.”

Q =I like Art but I am not a very good drawer.  Should I still choose Studio Arts?

A = “Yes, of course.  Drawing is a key component of many visual arts subjects and by taking this subject you can improve your skills.  No student will be at the same level with their drawing, and that is okay.  What matters is your individual progress.  Also you will not always be expected to draw, but use other methods of art making; painting, printing, photography, photoshop…”

A student’s perspective:

VCE Studio Arts presents students with an opportunity to extend their skills and further their creative ability to research, generate ideas and experiment within and outside the class room. I would recommend the subject to students who enjoy art and are willing to get out of their comfort zone, as Studio arts gives you freedom to explore your own ideas and interests. The subject has given me a greater understanding of the need to experience failures before critically evaluating your work, seeking constructive criticism and continuing to improve before your reach a successful goal.

Genevieve Townsend – who received a 50 Study Score and was DUX of Avila College in 2013


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