Campbell High School

An ACT Public School

Arts, Design & Technology

Design & Technology Curriculum

Head of Faculty: Ron Vandergugten

Technologies enrich and impact on the lives of people and societies globally. Australia needs enterprising individuals who can make discerning decisions about the development and use of technologies and who can independently and collaboratively develop solutions to complex challenges and contribute to sustainable patterns of living. Technologies can play an important role in transforming, restoring and sustaining societies and natural, managed and constructed environments.

The Technologies curriculum provides students with opportunities to consider how solutions that are created now will be used in the future. Students will identify the possible benefits and risks of creating solutions. They will use critical and creative thinking to weigh up possible short- and long-term impacts.

As students’ progress through the Technologies curriculum, they will begin to identify possible and    probable futures, and their preferences for the future. They develop solutions to meet needs considering impacts on liveability, economic prosperity and environmental sustainability. Students will learn to recognise that views about the priority of the benefits and risks will vary and that preferred futures are contested.

Year 7 and 8

Students are introduced to the subject area in year 7. They complete a semester in all areas of the Design and Digital Technology. At the end of year 7 students choose their subjects for year 8.

They are required to elect at least one Design and Digital Technology unit. The semester units in year 8 become more specialised, expanding on the skills learnt in year 7 and have a practical focus.

The subjects offered are:

  • Digital Technology
  • Food Technology
  • Metal Technology
  • Wood Technology

Year 9 and 10

A diverse range of subjects is offered to students in years 9 and 10. Students have the opportunity to elect to do a range of related subjects and work on enhancing their skills in a specific area, or they may develop a range of skills through studying unrelated subjects.  All courses have a strong design element and are practically based. Students must elect at least one technology subject during years 9 and 10. The subjects offered include:

  • Electronics 1
  • Electronics 2
  • Digital Technology: Web Design
  • Digital Technology: Programming
  • Food Technology: Baking
  • Food Technology: Catering
  • Food Technology: Hospitality
  • Food Technology: Multicultural
  • Food Technology: Nutrition
  • Industrial Design 1
  • Industrial Design 2
  • Metal Technology 1
  • Metal Technology 2
  • STEM 1
  • STEM 2
  • Textiles and Design 1
  • Textiles and Design 2
  • Wood Technology 1
  • Wood Technology 2
  • 3D Modelling & CAD 1
  • 3D Modelling & CAD 2

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Arts Curriculum

Head of Faculty: Ron Vandergugten

The Arts increasingly influences all areas of our lives. Our students need to be creatively skilled, aware and critical.

The Arts at our school are structured to provide a pathway that supports students to take ownership of their skills development and personal growth.

Year 7

Year 7 students (who are not in the Year 7 Band) study for two separate terms in school selected Art Courses.  The other two terms are similarly experienced in timetabled Design and technology classes.  Year 7 students who enrol in the Band Program do so for the whole year.  Opportunities for Band students to experience shorter "tasters" of other Art and Design & Technology courses are timetabled for one lesson a week, dependent upon staff and room availability.

Art courses offered to Year 7 students include

  • Visual Arts (2D and 3D)
  • Drama
  • Media Arts


Art course elective choices are available for students in Years 8, 9 and 10, and are made online. Detailed descriptions and necessary costing are provided regarding all courses offered at the time of selection. These elective courses all run over two terms (one semester) at a time.

Year 8

Year 8 students enrol in one Arts course for a whole semester. The second semester elective, in each year, is selected from a list of semester long Design and Technology courses.

Arts courses offered to Year 8 include:

  • Visual Arts
  • Band (whole year)
  • Music Workshop
  • Media Arts
  • Drama.

Years 9 and 10

As student's progress in their learning, opportunities are provided to allow Year 9 and 10's to pursue interests and specialisations. To assist with this a wider range of electives are offered in The Arts, all classes are combined Year 9 and 10 student groupings, and the units offered are dependent upon both staff availability and student numbers, as class sizes must be sufficient to ensure viability.

Arts courses currently offered to Year 9 and 10 students include:

  • Art Open
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing and Painting
  • Drawing Workshops
  • Digital Photography
  • Film and Video
  • Media Arts
  • Actor and Director
  • Comedy and Tragedy
  • Drama Explorations
  • Drama Workshop
  • Ensemble Production.
  • Guitar
  • Music Projects
  • Senior Band

Arts Facilities and Resources

Digital video editing and photography suite
Graphic Design digital studio using industry relevant Adobe software
Drama studio and school hall facilities with audio and lighting systems
Keyboard Laboratory
Individual music tuition
Ceramics studio

Extra-Curricular Activities

Showcasing student work is an integral part of the Arts curriculum which helps to celebrate our students' creativity and achievements. Campbell High School is widely recognised for its creative and technically excellent presentations and performances. Our students have successfully competed and received many awards in community and national competitions.

Many students enjoy using the Arts facilities during school breaks and after school. All Campbell students are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular activities and community presentations and competitions.These include:

  • Campbell High School's own Arts Festival
  • School and community presentation events
  • Combined school Arts shows such as musicals, major drama productions
  • Art excursions and theatre visits
  • Visual arts and media competitions
  • Band competitions such as National Eisteddfod
  • Community performances such as Floriade and National Youth Week
  • The Merimbula Jazz Festival
  • Limelight Spectacular
  • Music tuition program
  • Advanced music ensembles; including jazz and classical programs
  • Choir and singing groups/Enrichment
  • Challenge Program and The Arts

Enrolling within the Campbell High School Challenge Program is another way that students can further explore and engage with their development and expression through the Arts. Challenge Programs are available for Visual Arts, Media Arts, Drama and Music.

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