The Arts Learning Area at Ocean Reef Senior High School engages, inspires and enriches student learning experiences, exciting their imagination and encouraging them to reach their creative and expressive potential.

The Arts comprises six subjects: Dance, Drama, Media, Photography, Specialist Contemporary Music, and Visual Arts. Together they provide opportunities for students to learn how to create, design, represent, communicate and share their imagined and conceptual ideas, emotions, observations and experiences, as they discover and interpret the world.

The Arts entertain, inform, challenge and enrich our knowledge of self, communities and world cultures. The Arts contribute to the development of confident and creative individuals, nurturing and challenging active and informed citizens. Students are provided with maximum opportunity to develop their creativity, and experiment and develop life-skills, whilst being immersed in a rich, innovative environment.

Visual Arts


Media enables students to participate in, experiment with, and interpret cultures, media genres and styles, and different communication practices. Students learn to be critically aware of ways that media are culturally used and negotiated, and are dynamic and central to the way they make sense of the world and themselves. They are inspired to imagine, collaborate and take on responsibilities in planning, designing and producing media artworks.


Photography enables students to analyse past technologies and use existing and emerging technologies as they explore imagery to create meaning. Students learn to interpret, analyse and develop photography practices through their experiences in making artworks. They are inspired to imagine, collaborate and take on responsibilities in planning, designing and producing photos.

Visual Art

Visual Arts incorporates all three fields of art, craft and design. Students create visual representations that communicate, challenge and express their own and others’ ideas, both as artists and audience members. Visual Arts engages students in a journey of discovery, experimentation and problem-solving relevant to visual perception and visual language. Students undertake this journey by utilising visual techniques, technologies, practices and processes.

Performing Arts


Dance is expressive movement with purpose and form. Students are active participants as dancers, choreographers and audiences. Learning in dance sees students accessing the choreographic toolkit to develop their own dances based on a range of genres and stimuli.


Drama is expression and exploration through role and situations. Students seek to engage, entertain and challenge. Students create meaning as drama makers, performers and audiences. Students participate in making and staging drama, they learn how to be focused, innovative, self-assured and resourceful. They collaborate and take on responsibilities for drama performances both on and off stage.

Specialist Contemporary Music – Application Process

Our Specialist Contemporary Music program engages, challenges, inspires and empowers our students. Studying music stimulates imaginative and innovative responses, critical thinking and aesthetic understanding, and encourages students to reach their creative and expressive potential. Students work towards the achievement of a Certificate II Music Industry in Year 10, and a Certificate III Music Industry at the completion of Year 12.

Courses offered by The Arts Learning Area:

Lower School

  • Year 7: Dance, Specialist Contemporary Music, Visual Art
  • Year 8: Drama, Multimedia, Specialist Contemporary Music
  • Year 9 & 10: Dance, Drama, Media, Photography, Specialist Contemporary Music, Visual Art

Senior School

  • Design Photography General
  • Visual Arts General
  • Certificate II Creative Industries- Media
  • Certificate III Music Industry