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The Arts at high school

In high school, the study of Arts engages and inspires students through the process of creating and making artworks. Students dive headfirst into captivating and enriching educational programs designed to foster self-expression, creativity, and problem solving.

At Rossmoyne, The Arts learning area runs courses in dance, drama, media, photography, and visual arts. Rossmoyne Senior High School also has a Music program.

Our 2024 Arts Calendar provides the school community with an opportunity to see our talented arts students in a range of performances. Come check it out for yourself!

Class structure and opportunities in The Arts

Year 7

All students must complete one semester of a Performance Arts subject twice a week.

All students must complete one semester of a Visual Arts subject twice a week.

Year 8

All students must complete one semester of a Performance Arts subject twice a week.

All students must complete one semester of a Visual Arts subject twice a week.

Year 9

Students can choose to take one or more Arts subject in Year 9; they attend each elected subject twice a week for the entire year.

Year 10

Students can choose to take one or more Arts subject in Year 10; they attend each elected subject twice a week for the entire year.

Year 11 and 12

Year 11 and 12 students may choose to study one or more of the below courses and will attend each course four times a week:

  • Dance (ATAR and General)
  • Design Photography (ATAR and General)
  • Drama (ATAR and General)
  • Media Production and Analysis (ATAR and General)
  • Visual Arts (ATAR and General)

The Arts in Years 7 – 10

The Arts taster classes for Years 7

All Years 7 students get a taste of both performing arts and visual arts subjects. Students are automatically placed into ‘taster’ subject classes at enrolment.

Within the Performing Arts taster course Year 7 students study:

  • Dance
  • Drama

Within the Visual Arts taster course Year 7 students study:

  • Digital Photography
  • Media
  • Visual Arts

The Arts elective options for Year 8

Year 8 students select one Performing Arts subject and one Visual Arts subject.

Performing Arts choices for Year 8 are:

  • Dance
  • Drama

Visual Arts choices for Year 8 are:

  • Digital Photography
  • Media Arts
  • Visual Arts

The Arts elective options for Year 9

Year 9s can choose any arts subject as one or both of their elective options.

Arts options for Year 9s are:

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Media Arts
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts

The Arts elective options for Year 10

Year 10s can choose any arts subject as one or all of their elective options.

Arts options for Year 10s are:

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Media Arts
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts

The Arts in Years 11 and 12

Eleven course options for Arts in Year 11 and Year 12

In Year 11 and Year 12 there eleven courses of Arts study available:

  • ATAR Dance
  • ATAR Design
  • ATAR Drama
  • ATAR Media Production and Analysis
  • ATAR Music
  • ATAR Visual Arts
  • General Dance
  • General Design Photography
  • General Drama
  • General Media Production and Analysis
  • General Visual Arts

More information

Learning content and opportunities

Read about what content is covered in classes, and what opportunities are available within each Learning Area in the Curriculum Handbooks.

Curriculum in Western Australia

Read more about the curriculum in WA on the School Curriculum and Standards Authority’s webpages for Pre-primary to Year 10 and Year 11 and Year 12.