Our VCE Arts, Design and Technology students have been working hard throughout the year to complete their folio products and refine their musical performances. ADT subjects take persistence, dedication and creative flair; they also aid in building exceptional organisation, communication and problem solving skills. Embarking on an ADT subject does not require additional work, they are in fact complementary and offer balance to other subjects... just ask our ADT students!
Ms. Nalan Velisha
Head of ADT
Name: Nicolai B. Y
VCE Subjects: Media, Methods, Chemistry, Physics, Vis Com, English
What have you enjoyed about your ADT subject: The whole “you can make whatever you want” part of any folio subject is great, but the best part of it was definitely the environment. Not just within the class, but in the whole ADT faculty. Sure it gets stressful at times, but it’s a much more enjoyable process when you’re surrounded by people with similar interests and passions.
Tell us a bit about your final product (inspiration, purpose, process to create): The goal of my product was to represent the fragmented nature of memories, through the 200 individually hung photographs that come together to form 4 distinct images. It was partially inspired by an art piece from the Escher X Nendo exhibit, where the viewer would see the image of a large house form as they walked around a collection of smaller houses hung from the ceiling. I tried to achieve the same effect by having the images intertwined, so that they appear to be an incoherent mess from the side, yet form a complete image as the viewer walked around and looks at it from the front.
What transferable skills have you gained from taking an ADT subject: Time management and general technical know-how are the big skills you learn throughout a folio subject, and are the skills you’ll most likely be using for years after you’ve done your folio, but I also think it was valuable learning how to complete a project. For a lot of us, it’s easy to get an idea, start working towards it, but end up with no clue how to finish it, or just out of motivation. Especially at the very beginning, when the completion of your folio seems daunting and impossible. But over the year we’ve learnt how to be more disciplined and take a more structured approach that makes bigger tasks like this seem much more approachable.
What advice would you offer to students undertaking this subject next year? Make sure you pick an idea that you’ll be able to stick with for the whole year. It’s far too easy to keep restarting your product completely just to end up with nothing at the end of the year. Once you’ve got an idea that you like, start your product as soon as you can. It always seems like there’s plenty of time, but there’s going to be no time to breathe in Term 3 if you’re still shooting/recording by then.
Name: Tasmia N. I
VCE Subjects: English, Biology, Revolutions, Math methods, Studio Arts, Chemistry
What have you enjoyed about your ADT subject: I’ve really enjoyed looking back on all the progress I’ve made! There’s nothing better than noticing actual changes in your work, every time you spend some time on it. I now feel like I’ve come a long way, and it’s just nice to see my skills developing over time.
Tell us a bit about your final product (inspiration, purpose, process to create): For my final product, I was inspired by the movements of water and the different forms that it can create. My main intent was to explore the dichotomy of water, representing it as a beautiful yet confronting source of peace and power. Creating my works were a slow process as I had undertaken oil painting as my art form. Nevertheless, with the extra hours put after school, and better management of my time, I was able to produce 3 different paintings, depicting water in a variety of natural settings.
What transferable skills have you gained from taking an ADT subject: Definitely time management. As difficult as it may have been throughout points in the year, studio arts has been an extremely rewarding experience because I learnt various new ways to work productively, efficiently, and organise my time to suit the workload of my 4 other subjects. I’ve also learnt the skill of ‘elaboration’ in creating written pieces, and now always make sure to thoroughly explain my responses for all subject assessments.
What advice would you offer to students undertaking this subject next year? Definitely take the subject if you enjoy art! Because if you do, the hard “work” will not even feel like work. It’ll be like spending time on a talent or hobby during your spare time. It is an extremely refreshing and insightful process.
I am Levin E, a current year eleven student doing year 12 Visual Communication Design (Vis Com). The VCE subjects I have undertaken this year are Methods 1/2, Visual Communication 3/4, Physical Education 3/4, English 1/2, Biology 1/2, Chemistry 1/2 and Methods 1/2. I really enjoyed Vis Com this year, as it allowed me to reduce my stress and tension in regard to my other subjects. I was able to design and make compositions without any limitations or constraints placed on my ideas. The subject certainly challenged my creative side, making me think outside the norm multiple times. Hence, I was never disengaged from Vis Com. I never had any complaints about the theory side of it, as it was always outweighed by the practical element of the subject. In other words, most Vis Com sessions just required me to put some music on and work on my designs.
My final products this year was a design of a personal robotic assistant accompanied with branding design for a mechanical engineering company. I was inspired by various tech products which are currently in the market, like Honda’s ASIMO robot and SoftBank’s Pepper robot. As it is a personal robotic assistant, it is capable of fulfilling the majority of daily tasks at a household (carrying shopping or cleaning etc). The process to create the final design involved transferring the manual sketches of the design into programs such as illustrator and photoshop, to produce a refined composition.
During the initial stages of this subject, I was doubtful on whether it was suitable for me. I was never a great artist and did not really have any sort of previous experience. However, due to the excellent mentorship and guidance of the Vis Com teachers, I was able to improve my skills required for the subject. I learnt the techniques involved in creating tone, texture and realistic effects on compositions. Furthermore, I also became more accustomed to using programs like illustrator and photoshop.
So, to all those who are interested in undertaking Visual Communication Design next year, it is a very flexible and limitless subject. However, to be successful in this subject, dedication and organisational skills are required. A limited experience in arts or design should not prevent anyone from undertaking this subject because those who are prepared to put in the effort and are determined to do well, will be able to do so without question.
My name is Jay B.D. R, and I play the piano! My VCE subjects are English Language, Mathematical Methods, Specialist Mathematics, Physics, Latin, and of course, Music Performance 3/4! The primary reason as to why I have enjoyed Music Performance is the mere fact that I truly enjoy playing the piano and studying music. Compared to the rest of my subjects, Music Performance is a subject that I'm free to enjoy myself in. Working with some of the best musicians of this school is both a privilege and a delight, and I have been fortunate enough to perform for a few events with my classmates.
The repertoire that I have been developing throughout the year demonstrates the various functions a piano has in an ensemble; I'd say that it's a testament to the piano's versatility as an instrument! I've mostly been inspired by the range of musicians that I have met and performed with. Each musician is different, and playing music with various people lets me get to know them on a musical level, developing my "musical social skills", I suppose! This year I've performed works ranging from the preludes and études of Chopin, and jazz pieces both contemporary and classic. I've even been working on a piano trio performance of Bohemian Rhapsody!.
Music Performance has forced me to develop a rather strict and disciplined practice schedule. Often I find myself practicing for hours a day, and yet I've still got to balance a plethora of work from quite difficult subjects. The skill of time management is essential for any student wishing to achieve a high ATAR, but Music Performance takes this to another level. The discipline and mental fortitude to practice for extended periods of time is something I've only really developed in Music Performance, and, for myself at least, it is that discipline and hard work that I hope will get me through one more year of high school.
If you've chosen Music Performance as one of your subjects, then clearly you enjoy playing your instrument. Frankly, the best advice I can offer is to keep practicing! As long as you enjoy playing, there's not much more to do. Of course, you need to be practicing every day; that should be a given for most of you, though. Assuming you're putting serious work into practice, the only thing left for you is to enjoy Music Performance! In any case, I wish all of you the best in your future endeavours, whether they be musical or not. I look forward to seeing the next generation of Music Performance!