Studio Arts - Digital Photography VCE Units 1 - 4 and Video Production

The practical work and theoretical component of VCE Studio Arts aims to develop in the students, the ability to establish effective art practices through the application of the design process and the production of a unified folio with an emphasis on producing photographic art works. The design process in this study enables the student to explore ideas and sources of inspiration, experiment with different materials and techniques and practice developing digital photographic skills. Students gain access to excellent facilities and constantly updated equipment as they participate in sessions that involve for example; applying photographic techniques and using digital darkroom software like Adobe Photoshop.


The theoretical component of the study design has been structured to inform students about artists, their artworks and to develop an understanding of how they have interpreted sources of inspiration, used materials and techniques and developed individual styles. Students also examine art industry practices, which involve investigating conservation, exhibition display, and marketing, artist funding and the private and public gallery structure.
Gallery visits and guest speaker sessions are an integral part of this subject.

Major topics covered in Units 1 & 2 include:

A skill building task that involves learning about photographic techniques and formal art elements, application of the techniques and art elements through production of a photography folio.

Theory work involves the study of artists from historically different periods and culturally different locations and backgrounds, their influences and themes explored in their work.

Major topics covered in Units 3 & 4 include:

Exploration proposal, Design Process, Focus Reflection & Evaluation Statement, Art Industry Practices and copyright and Production of a Final Folio.

A recommended subject match is Art photography or Media.

Students may only take one Studio Arts subject.

Note: Students may choose to focus on Video Production and Animation for their artform in Studio Arts 1-4.

It is highly recommended that students complete units 1-2 before attempting Unit 3-4.

Present a well organised and substantial folio of photography or artwork if applying.

Beyond the general materials fee ($120 in 2012) some additional costs may apply for excursions. Eg. National Gallery of Victoria International, The Australian National Gallery of Victoria (Ian Potter Gallery) at Federation Square and Heidi Museum of Modern Art, Heidelberg

For further information, click on the Study Summary link that will take you directly to the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA) website.