Come along to the ADT Showcase - Monday, 25th November, from 6:00pm-9:00pm in T-wing and the Auditorium - to meet these inspiring students and view and appreciate their impressive work. Art, Design and Technology subjects take persistence, dedication and creative flair to achieve outstanding results, so don’t miss this rare opportunity to celebrate their hard work with us at Suzanne Cory High School!
Ms. Nalan Velisha
Head of ADT
Name: Jonan L
VCE Subjects: English, Methods, Biology, Computing, Visual Communication
What have you enjoyed about your ADT subject? VisCom was a great way for me to explore how designers work and how their products are developed. Since I especially like drawing/designing characters, VisCom helped work as an outlet for creative expression at school.
Tell us a bit about your final product: Final product are posters and a box set for a fictional series called "Battery", a post-human future where robots have built their own societies across a barren Earth. Purpose in context was primarily to depict and promote the series, while the process to create it (in simplified terms) effectively had me sketching and exploring ideas based on a brief outlined by ourselves, choosing ones I liked to develop further and finally refining specific developed concepts for final presentations.
What transferable skills have you gained from taking an ADT subject? A surprising amount of teamwork and collaboration is something I think most "academic" subjects lack and is a skill this subject has helped me to develop.
What advice would you offer to students undertaking this subject? All your works should have a bit of yourself and what you enjoy in them. It makes the process feel a lot less like homework and more like designing the things you like.
Name: Noah N
VCE Subjects: English, Further Maths, Health and Human Development, Psychology, Media, and Theatre Studies (2018)
What have you enjoyed about your ADT subject? I have enjoyed being able to explore the different aspects of all forms of Media, which includes but is not limited to film, print and photography. Within these media landscape I got to experiment with different techniques that all extended my skills.
Tell us a bit about your final product: My final product is a magazine publication which is titled 'Craving Success' and aims to serve as the ultimate guide for University Students living in Melbourne who are roughing it and starting to manage their own funds, to show them that it is possible to eat nutritious and healthy meals, finish university studies and have a social life all at the same time! I was inspired to create this magazine after realising my passion for food through my hours and hours spent watching food videos on YouTube and consistently checking the local Coles and Woolies to see what new free magazine they had for the month. The creation of the product was a lot of trial and error, from forgetting SD cards to people being unavailable, to even more trouble with faulty SD cards, there was a lot of roadblocks to overcome for this project. Taking photos of recipes to put into my magazine was a little tricky and interviewing complete strangers was also extremely daunting but in the end it becomes all worth it when you finally see your magazine come out of the printer and bound and think, wow, I made this all by myself, it's an experience like no other!
What transferable skills have you gained from taking an ADT subject? I have learnt how to email someone out of the blue asking for their help and formulating the email in a way that will hopefully net a response! Dealing with rejection and disappointment has also been a valuable part of my VCE Media experience, something I thought was amazing was absolutely trashed by my friends who were giving "constructive criticism" for me to use and learning to understand and adapt to this has also been beneficial.
What advice would you offer to students undertaking this subject next year? Stay organised! It is extremely hard to pull off a Media product and unfortunately, it is not humanly possible for it to be finished in one night, so make a plan of attack and how you want to go about this product. For Media 1/2 try out what you think you might like, I chose to make a film in Units 1/2 and although I liked it and it was a fun challenge to go about, I knew I didn't have enough skills and effective time management to be able to improve on this for Units 3/4, so I chose to learn about print and magazines and went with that instead.
Name: Anna X
VCE ADT Subject: Studio Arts
What have you enjoyed about your ADT subject? I really enjoyed my creative process in Studio Arts. I was able to freely express myself artistically and make something that I can be proud of. Although the process was not easy, the fact that Studio allowed me to have a creative vision motivated me to challenge myself and achieve something that I otherwise would have put off or just gave up on.
Tell us a bit about your final product: My final product revolves around fairy tales that were inspired by my childhood bedtime stories which, when I read them again as a young adult, I realised that these fairy tales hold a different meaning to when I read them as a kid. This was what influenced me to re-imagine a series of fairy tales in visual form that I hope can inspire more unique interpretations to these classical tales. In developing this, I explored a lot of symbolic and even unexpected subject matter which I hope will make you wonder: "What is that supposed to mean?"
What transferable skills have you gained from taking an ADT subject? I definitely learnt a lot on the importance of time management and organisation. It forced me to learn to manage my time effectively if I wanted to achieve the very ambitious project that I had set up for myself. In that sense, it also made me realise that, while my final product is no Van Gogh or Picasso, I have a starting point where I can continue to improve on my artistic skills.
What advice would you offer to students undertaking this subject next year? My biggest advice would be to play to your strengths! Take advantage of the fact that you can pretty much create whatever you want in 3/4 Studio and do something that you know you are passionate about. This way, you will have the one VCE subject that you will actually enjoy and the end result will be so, so much more satisfying.
Name: Jennifer N
VCE Subjects: Chemistry, English Language, Mathematical Methods, Further Mathematics, Visual Communication Design, Biology (2018)
What have you enjoyed about your ADT subject? I love the freedom that comes with creating something from your own imagination. The bursts of creativity late at night made me really excited.
Tell us a bit about your final product: I have always been fascinated by houses and my Year 10 architecture class sparked my interest even more. Thus, when it came to choosing my folio content, my first client need was to make a house for an architectural building company much like Henley, Metricon, etc. My second client need was Brand Identity and I named the company after myself (Jennifer Nhat-Thuy Nguyen = JNTN). Through the different design stages, Research, Generation of Ideas, Development and Refinement, I explored different options of house forms and floor plans which was very fun because there are just so many options for a house. The program SketchUp was the highlight for me (after I got used to it) because it was so cool to see my houses come to life in 3D. If you are thinking of environmental design, I highly recommend SketchUp!
What transferable skills have you gained from taking an ADT subject? Since VisCom has lots of theory analysing visuals it did helped me in my English Language class. They basically utilise the same skills except in VisCom I am examining the purpose and thinking behind designs whereas English Language is about analysing lexicology and language.
What advice would you offer to students undertaking this subject next year? DO NOT CRAM! DO AT LEAST 1 PAGE A DAY! Read your brief all the time so you remember your client needs and constraints and purposes. ANNOTATE! I left them to the last day and boy was I wrong to do so. MOST IMPORTANTLY, be grateful for the fact that the school provides so many materials for you to use and that the teachers are so helpful and supportive of your creativity. Thank them every step of the way for their guidance and support. BUT ALSO MOST IMPORTANTLY, have fun. It is a creative subject. VisCom gave me an escape from my science and maths subjects. ULTIMATELY at the end of the day, honestly it will truly be a very rewarding subject that you will not forget or regret choosing :)
Name: Kaylen V, Julia J and Aardra K
VCE Subject: Music Performance Units 3/4
What have you enjoyed about your ADT subject?
Kaylen: Something really cool about this subject is that it gives us an opportunity to conjugate a VCE subject and a hobby or personal passion. This makes it very stress-free and very enjoyable.
Tell us a bit about your final product:
Kaylen: For our end of year recital, as a soloist I must choose five pieces from a prescribed list that fit into certain categories and genres. You may think all year long, I practice and practice these pieces constantly every single period but NOPE. I spend a very small minority of the time doing that. Majority of the time, I spend time playing things that I enjoy, whether it involves playing random chords and singing whatever comes to mind or playing as part of a duet.
Julia: My final product will be my 25 minute recital in October which will go towards half of my study score. I've picked 4 pieces in my repertoire that are all unique in their own way. My hope is that I'll be able to bring out the story and purpose of each one of my pieces and show my own interpretation through my playing, which I've been able to develop through practise and research about the pieces, their composers and the music period of its creation.
Aardra: The outlet that Music Performance gives to do something creative and relaxing, yet productive all at the same time. Since this is a subject I'm passionate about, studying and practicing has never felt strenuous or forced and being surrounded by students equally as passionate is always a plus!
What transferable skills have you gained from taking an ADT subject?
Kaylen: Playing as part of a duet made me realised that music should not be an obligation, especially when playing at the end of the year. It’s also not just what’s not the sheets. Music should display yourself as a musician and I think my experience through playing and singing with others has made myself a more confident person musically. Not only will this calm my nerves when playing at the end of the year, it allows me to find other pleasures within music when playing in my own time.
Aardra: Doing music has taught me life skills which I can apply to all parts of my life moving forward. Time management, communication skills and an eye for the finer details.
What advice would you offer to students undertaking this subject next year?
Julia: Look at all your subjects as their own individual sculptures that you consistently work on throughout the year to make into its final impeccable product, but if not for all subjects, I hope that you view Music Performance as that one class in which you feel impelled to take the wheel and see where your efforts and passions can take you. Experiment, try different things with your playing and get out there and perform! You really won't have much to lose because you'll learn what works for you and more importantly, who you are as a musician.