Visual Arts and Media

‘Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.’ (Pablo Picasso). We take pride in helping each of our students to remain artists.’

Our talented and enthusiastic Visual Arts and Media Staff at St Bede’s College make it possible for our students to achieve their individual creative goals. Through a vibrant curriculum that meets the new Victorian Curriculum standards from Year 7 to 10 we address the creative spirit that is innate in all students, providing them with the knowledge and skills that will allow them to remain artists throughout their lives.

VCE students who elect Art, Media or Visual Communication Design, and are thinking of pursuing any of these subjects at tertiary level, are rewarded with dedicated staff who work with the boys on their personal direction and goals, helping them to build a folio of work designed to impress tertiary institutions.

We offer:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Ceramics
  • Visual Communication and Design
  • Textile art
  • Sculpture
  • Filmmaking
  • Animation
  • Photography

Studios and Classrooms

We pride ourselves on our art facilities for practical work. Our classes are conducted in:

  • 4 large art studio classrooms with large sink areas
  • 4 professional printmaking presses
  • Full canvas-making facilities
  • 2 dedicated visual communication design studios with iMac computers and full Adobe suite for every student
  • Large display and gallery area
  • Professional ceramics studio with 3 kilns, multiple pottery wheels and full glazing facilities
  • Purpose-built media classrooms with iMacs and Adobe Creative Suite.

Structure of Visual Arts and Media

  • Year 7: Art compulsory for 1 semester
  • Year 8: Art compulsory for 1 semester
  • Year 9: Art elective for 1 or 2 semesters
  • Year 10: Art/Media/Visual Communication elective for 1 or 2 semesters
  • Year 11 and 12: VCE Art / Visual Communication Design / Media

ART, Media and Technology Show

An annual Art, Media and Technology Show is held in October each year. This large exhibition features the work of students across all years, 7-12, and throughout all subject areas in the Visual Arts and Media department. One of the highlights of the College calendar, the show is supported by sponsors such as Audi Centre Brighton, Thompson Real Estate, the Parents and Friends Association and the Old Collegians Association, all of whom donate prizes ranging from $50 to $400.


Throughout the year there are a number of excursions and incursions including:

  • Art Camp at Philip Island
  • NGV Top Arts/Top Designs
  • NGV International exhibitions
  • Life Drawing with artist Linda Hamilton
  • Other visiting artists
  • Other relevant exhibitions and studio visits as appropriate
  • VCAA ‘Top Screen’ and ATOM exam revision seminars