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Visual Art

Visual Arts at NDSHS includes Art in Year 9 &10. Visual Art, Visual Art Studies and Fashion in Year 11 &12. Visual Arts

Subjects provide an introduction to Drawing, Printmaking, Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, New Media, Mixed Media and Textiles.

Students can select to study one semester of Art in Year 9, and one semester or a full year in Year 10. In years 11 and 12 students can complete a 2 year course of study in any of the Art subjects they select,( and they can select more than one ) ie Fashion Studies, Visual Art or Visual Art Studies.

Visual Arts subjects are about visual communication, creative problem solving and developing a range of practical art making skills.Students are encouraged to acquire and learn initial knowledge in a range of media areas, developing skills to create new ideas and make original artworks as they express personal responses to research ideas and design problems. Visual Arts Subjects’ focus on teaching visual literacy. To be considered literate in the 21st Century, one needs to be visually literate.
Course Content
The Art, Design and Production Faculty offers a range of Visual Art Courses. The courses offered in senior are either OP or Subject Area Syllabuses (SAS- Non OP) for extra information about course details refer to the Junior and Senior Handbbooks
              • Year 9 & 10 Visual Art, students can choose to study Art for one semester in Year 9 and one semester in Year 10 or altenatively a full year in Year 10
              • Year 11 & 12 offers 3 courses
                •  Visual Art is an OP Eligible course with a focus toward students going onto to tertiary study, be it either TAFE or University.
                • Visual Art studies (SAS) is a school based subject, which has saleable art and craft focus.
                • Fashion Studies (SAS) is a school based subject. This course is an ideal starting point for studying fashion at TAFE, or for someone who has an interest in fashion as a career. 
Special features
Art work on occasions is linked to the school’s extra curricular program, such as costumes for the school's musicals and wearable art fashion items for the school’s
Fashion Show. The photo to right, is a group of students modelling head
dresses made by Visual Art Studies students for the School musical “ Calamity Jane “ 2014.
The Visual Art Department is proactive in encouraging students to enter their work into state and national competitions. This includes the Queensland Creative Generation Senior Art Awards, and the Australian Wool Cooperation Wool 4 Skool competition. Noosa District State High School Art students have experienced success at all levels of competition, with students in recent years having their work displayed in GOMA, as well as student work being purchased by the University of the Sunshine Coast for the University Art Collection. The Senior Art Show over the last few years has been by invitation of the Noosa Regional Council at the Cooroy Butter Factory.
Each year all students studying an Art course in Years 11 and 12 spend a day in Brisbane visiting both GOMA and the QLD art Gallery.
Fashion students will also visit Fashion Week in Brisbane as part of their course.
There is also the opportunity for students studying any of the Art subjects at Noosa District SHS to be part of the school’s European tours. In 2014 students visited the Louvre,as part of a trip to France, a  
                                                               similar school trip is planned as part of the
                                                               school’s extracurricular program in 2016.


  • Visual Artist, Designer, Fashion Designer, Webpage Designer

  • Commercial Artist, Graphic Designer, Game Designer

  • Architect, Draughtsman, Engineer

  • Cabinet maker, Builder

  • Art Teaching, Primary School Teaching, Secondary School Teacher

  • Museum /ArtGallery Curator

  • Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy

  • Jewellery Designer

  • Florist

  • Interior Designer, Landscape Designer

  • Hospitality

  • Window Dresser - Retail Area

  • Set Design, Costume Design

Head of Department
Nicole Koinuma

 Mandy McGuire