Dromana College is proud to offer a diverse Arts Program designed to promote creative thinking and the ability to express personal ideas and beliefs .Dromana College recognizes the importance of these skills in preparing students for a future in which innovative ideas and the creative application of technologies will be significant. The following Art subjects are offered at Dromana College.
Dromana College students have the opportunity to participate in a creative arts program that forms part of their core subjects in Years 7 and 8 and in which they are introduced to a variety of 2D, 3D and Design skills. Learning in the Arts Domain is sequential and students have continuous experience in the different arts disciplines. In the Junior School (Years 7 and 8) all students experience learning in the visual arts, performing art - Dance, Drama, Music - and the three dimensional and Media disciplines.
Students in both year levels have a full semester in the Visual Arts in combination with a semester of Dance, Drama and Music.
In the Middle School (Years 9 and 10) the programs broaden and are designed to deepen students understanding of the Arts as an area of human activity, personal expression and communication. All students have continuous experience in at least three art disciplines and are given the opportunity to accelerate into a VCE subject.
To help give our students success in the art and design industry, there is a wide range of choices for students in Year 9 through to Year 12, culminating in Studio Art, Media and Visual Communication and Design all being offered through to VCE level.
At Dromana College we have a new purpose built Design Centre, which includes a centralised design area, computer pod and purpose built studios in which our students are encouraged to integrate digital and other technologies with their work. The Art wing has two multipurpose art rooms, a photography lab and media pod.
We are very proud of our students and we show them that their work is valued by constantly displaying it throughout the school and local community in various forms and exhibitions. As part of this focus, Dromana College holds a VCE art exhibition in conjunction with technology and fashion show to showcase the students work. Senior artwork is purchased each year from a chosen student in an Acquisition Program to form a part of a permanent collection.
The Performing Arts at Dromana College offer our students the opportunity to participate in a range of events such as the Rock Eisteddfod, College Musical Productions, Dance performances and musical soirees. Students are encouraged to extend their performance skills in all aspects of the Performing Arts – dance, drama, music and public speaking.
Dromana College has excellent facilities including a theatre and a state of the art Dance facility. Music students have access to a range of instruments and ICT within our music classrooms including keyboards, guitars and percussion.
Instrumental Music students work with highly trained instrumental staff in purpose built practice rooms located in the Music Department. The College Band is invited by the community to play at many events throughout the year and at cluster primary schools. Student leadership is encouraged within the performing arts by providing plenty of opportunities for our student leaders in Dance, Drama and Music to be involved in the production of such events.
Drama gives students the opportunity to develop their skills for performance through an introduction to ‘expressive movement’ and Drama at Years 7 and 8. Throughout the semester-long program, students study role and character, mime, improvisation, modern dance and scripted performance.
Drama is offered as an elective at Year 9 for students wishing to pursue their passion for dramatic performance. Students have the opportunity to learn different techniques that will help them to create performances using the technique of improvisation as well as learning different ways of acting using conventions with a focus on comedy.
Students at Year 10 are prepared for VCE Drama through a focus on performance and stagecraft. Students create solo performances as well as participating in and group performance evenings and events.
Drama in VCE provides students with the opportunity to examine and explore the ways in which drama gives form to and makes meaning of a range of social, political, cultural and historical contexts. It focuses on the development of expressive skills within dramatic structures and the development and performance of imagined characters.
Year 7 and 8 Dance is a semester long, core subject that introduces students to dance and movement. Students are introduced to the popular dances of each decade, starting in the 1920’s and working up to today. The history and evolution of these dances are presented and discussed as a class. Students complete two written and two practical assessment tasks during the semester. They learn the importance of warming up and safe dance practice through the daily running of theclass. Coordination, stamina and control are some of the physical skills of dance that are learned in this course.
Year 9 is the first year students can elect to take Dance after their introduction to the course in Year 7 or 8. Year 9 dance has been split into two different subjects, Dance 1 and Dance 2.
Students will participate in technique classes and be introduced to different dance styles in this class.
They will participate in whole class dances which will be assessed throughout the term. Students will also research a dance style of their choice and present this to the class.
Students will undertake Improvisation classes and learn about the Dance Making process. They will then create a small group choreography which will be performed in a practical assessment at the conclusion of the term.
Year 10 dance involves the further development of student’s technical abilities and understanding of their bodies as an instrument of movement. Students become aware of how to use their bodies safely and correctly, concentrating on posture, core stabilization, strength and body alignment.
Students will be introduced to choreographic techniques, including the use of form, phrasing, the elements of dance and the body actions in dance through the learning and performance of a group learnt piece. They will also be required to choreograph a dance in a small group with other students in the class. All choreographies will be performed at the performance evening at the end of the semester.
VCE UNITS 1 & 2
These units enable students to explore the potential of the body as an instrument of expression. Concentrating on safe dance practices, they will develop the physical skills and body actions required in dance. Students will explore and perform dance works originating from different dance-making processes and discuss cultural influences on the movements and ideas communicated in their own and other’s dance works. Students will also expand their dance vocabulary by exploring various genres of dance.
VCE UNITS 3 & 4
These units allow students to develop compositional skills by exploring ways in which the intention of the choreographer can be expressed through movement with the use of phrasing, spatial organization, elements of movement and group structures. Solo and group dance works from 1900 to present day are analyzed, concentrating on the cultural influences and compositional techniques used. The students will also focus on the technical complexities, accuracy, performance skills and composition in the performance and interpretation of dance.