Year 9 Electives

The Arts

choose one unit FROM THE ARTS only


Year 9 | Drama


Year 9 Drama is offered as an Arts elective with a contact time of five 80-minute periods per fortnight.

Students study the origins, characters, and plots of the Commedia dell’Arte, an Italian form of comedy popular from the mid-1500s to the mid-1700s. This task involves student interpretation of a scripted play. In undertaking this process, students organise a small theatrical production and become involved in acting, costume design, props, directing and multimedia.

Students also explore soap operas. Using daytime television soapies as inspiration, students script, direct and rehearse their own soap opera plays employing recognised techniques of the genre.

Send-up (satire) is examined in a separate task, as students prepare to imitate and mock a famous celebrity of their choice. A brief student script serves as the basis for a fun, two-minute solo performance in class.

Skills acquired in this course include comic timing, physical comedy techniques and character work.


  1. Satire Solo Performance Assessment Task.

  2. Commedia dell’Arte ensemble Assessment Performance Task

  3. Soap Opera Ensemble Performance Assessment Task.


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Year 9 | Music Performance


  • Perform every week in class either as a soloist or in a duo, trio or quartet

  • Record all performances for reflection and learning

  • Perform a ten minute recital at the conclusion of the semester

  • Perform a song/piece in a class ensemble at Music Festival

  • Identify and understand symbols, patterns, concepts used in music

  • Theory: rhythms, pitch, tonality, scales and chords

  • Aural: rhythmic and melodic transcription

  • Research the concept of ‘deliberate practice’ and do an experiment using the findings

  • Investigate the history, mechanics/anatomy of your instrument or the singing voice

  • Listen to and explore the elements of music in a variety of songs and pieces

  • Compose a short work using rhythm and scales as the stimulus


  • Compose and notate an original study that improves an aspect of their own playing.

  • Examine and analyse a performance, noting musicianship and stage craft.

  • Solo performance in recital.



Year 9 | Music Rock Band


  • Form a band of 4 - 6 members

  • Research and choose a collection of songs to play

  • Learn how to play the chords, riffs, rhythms and melodies on an instrument and/or sing in the band

  • Explore the workings of the main instruments in a band: Bass guitar, electric guitar, keyboard, drum kit and percussion

  • Practise individually and rehearse as a band

  • Learn how to read chord charts, tablature and sheet music

  • Study relevant music theory: Pitch, Notation, Rhythm, Tonality and Chords

  • Learn about sound amplification, the equipment required and how to use it effectively and safely

  • Understand and take part in the recording process: Pre-Production (rehearsal), Production (recording) and Post- Production (mixing)



Understand and take part in the recording process: Pre-Production (rehearsal), Production (recording) and Post- Production (mixing)


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Year 9 | Studio Arts 2D


Year 9 students follow the stages of a studio process in order to manipulate art elements and principles creatively. Students explore a variety of art media and techniques. Through experimentation students make decisions about creating their artwork. Students enhance their appreciation of Art by developing analytical skills in response to their own artwork and the work of a range of artists.


  • a folio of artworks in a range of media

  • a visual diary recording student’s development of ideas & evaluations of completed artwork

  • Written responses analysing the artworks of a variety of artists, their aims and techniques



Year 9 | Studio Arts 3D


Year 9 students investigate the properties of the medium through experimentation and in doing so develop their knowledge of the technological processes involved in producing Ceramic work.

Responding creatively to design tasks, students are encouraged to employ the necessary skills to make functional and aesthetic forms.

Through research students find inspiration from professional ceramicists and learn the specific visual language used to analyse and evaluate their own work and the work of other artists.


  • 3D Artworks

  • A visual diary recording the development of ideas and concepts, and evaluations of final artworks

  • Analysis tasks researching artists from different historical and cultural context.



Year 9 | Visual Communication and Design


This semester course is for those students who have an interest in design, drawing and computer graphics. Students learn the basic skills in free-hand drawing that underpins all design work. This subject develops the skills and knowledge necessary to work with computer programs and enables the students to manipulate a range of tools in order to create effective design and digital imagery.


  • Folio of free hand drawings and a record of the design process

  • Folio of computer generated designs

  • Research tasks and analytical responses to graphic designs techniques