In recent years many of our Visual Arts graduates have been recognized at a state level, notably via the annual Top Arts/Design exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria, the Museum and at the Atom Awards. Students have been accepted into institutions such as RMIT, Monash, VCA and Swinburne. Many past students have exhibited at commercial galleries. Ben Aitken and Sophie McPike exhibited at Without Pier and Natasha Bieniek was shortlisted for the 2011 Archibald Prize.
Previous years have seen students earn VCE Premier’s Awards and prizes in various student Art Exhibitions around the state.
The Year 12 Graduation Exhibition, held in October at the Without Pier Gallery, offers graduating students the opportunity to have their work exhibited in a commercial gallery setting. The work of video production students is celebrated at the Still Moving Film Festival, held at the end of the year.
The courses at Sandringham College have been designed to maximize students’ scope for practical work and creative expression, whether in painting, life and general drawing, visual design and communication, textiles, audio/video production, animation or photography.
The expert staff aim to foster their students a love of visual art; to develop advanced skill levels; and to encourage all students to achieve their own individual style. Students further benefit from the critical encouragement and companionship provided by other highly motivated Art students.
Visual Arts facilities at Sandringham College include an excellent Visual Communication and Design Centre, which I well equipped for computer-aided design.
Painting and Drawing classes conducted into two spacious classrooms, which have been designed to recreate the ambience of an artist’s studio. The excellent Media Arts workshop was totally refurbished in an earlier upgrade and includes a darkroom, photography studio, desktop publishing and photo imaging production facilities and digital video/audio editing suites.
Media Arts students are fortunate in being able to link their work at appropriate points with the numerous dramatic activities on campus.
Certificate Two in Arts (Interactive Multimedia) is delivered in partnership with Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, allowing students to access to industry-standard multimedia production equipment.
Sandringham College also offers Certificates Two and Three in Media, giving students the opportunity to develop practical skills in video production, both on location and in a studio setting.
VET Visual Arts offers students a chance to do life drawing and sculpture, and to investigate tertiary study, employment options and the work of influential artists. The final year culminates in the organization of an exhibition of their work.
Whilst it is not compulsory to complete Units 1 and 2 before attempting Units 3 and 4, students are advised to undertake Unit 2 of any Visual Arts subject they wish to pursue in Year 12.