Creative arts


The Arts have the ability to enrich all students through the development of their ability to think and work in a creative and imaginative way. Subjects are structured so that students can reach their creative and expressive potential.

The subjects at Kirwan High are:

Performing arts

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Music (including instrumental and vocal)

Visual arts

  • Art
  • Cultural arts
  • Design

Art subjects (Performing and Visual Art) are studied by all Year 7 and 8 students. Subjects are then electives from Year 9 to 12 with specialist programs available in the Creative Arts Academy.

Subjects offered

The Senior Subject Book (PDF, 4.1MB) provides information on subjects offered in Year 11 and 12 for 2020, and describes the required prerequisites.

The Year 9 and 10 Subject Book (PDF, 3.5MB) provides information on subjects offered in Year 9 and 10.

Year levelSubjects offered
Years 7 and 8
  • Performing Art
  • Visual Art
  • Creative Arts Academy
  • Instrumental Music
Years 9 and 10
  • Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts
  • Art
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Instrumental Music
Years 11 and 12

General subjects

  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Music Extension (Composition)
  • Music Extension (Musicology)
  • Music Extension (Performance)
  • Visual Art

Applied subjects

  • Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Visual Arts Industry Work Certificate II
  •  Visual Arts Certificate II

Academy subjects

  • Creative Arts – Instrumental music


​Term 1
​Term 2
​Term 3
​Term 4
​Creative Arts Academy
Year 07 (PDF, 732.16 KB)

Year 08 (PDF, 831.14 KB)

Year 09 (PDF, 318.25 KB)

​Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Arts
​Year 09 (PDF, 331.12 KB)


Year 11 Unit 1 (PDF, 184.10 KB)

Year 12 Unit 3 (PDF, 168.37 KB)

​Year 09 (PDF, 684.30 KB)

Year 12 Unit 3 (PDF, 224.49 KB)

Year 11 Unit 1 (PDF, 286.17 KB)

Year 12 Unit 3 (PDF, 224.49 KB)

Year 10 (PDF, 293.43 KB)

Year 11 Unit 1 (PDF, 262.18 KB)

Year 12 Unit 3 (PDF, 235.77 KB)

Why study the Arts?

Through the variety of subjects, Art encourages students to create, design, communicate and share concepts, ideas and experiences. The Arts contributes to the development of creative and caring individuals.

  • Art programs develop students’ abilities to think and work in a creative an imaginative way. Course not only develop manual aptitudes and skills, but also the ability to plan and execute a task.
  • Cultural Arts programs develop skills and knowledge required for an understanding of one’s own cultural identity while guiding students to develop art-making skills that underpin visual arts and craft practice.
  • Dance programs engage students in a study of a wide range of dance styles and influences from the dance world. Confidence in movement and performance are skills that the dance program develops and can be utilised in many fields.
  • Design programs have been created to give students an awareness and appreciation of a wide variety of disciplines, principles and communication. Design links to other school faculties, the general community and the business world.
  • Drama programs offer students and avenue to explore with own identity within social and cultural contexts. It is a dynamic art form that can empower student with the skills for a wide range of career options.
  • Music programs help students understand and heighten the enjoyment of the arts in their lives and the music heritage of a range of cultures. Studying music fosters confident expression of their creativity and individuality while becoming adaptable and innovative problem solvers.

Contact details

Contact details for the Heads of Departments are listed under the contact us page.

Last reviewed 24 March 2020
Last updated 24 March 2020