12 Visual Arts - Art

SACE Stage 2: 20 Credits / 2 Semesters / The Arts

SACE Website:  https://www.sace.sa.edu.au/web/visual-arts/stage-2

Pre-Requisite: An achievement level of 'C' or better for SACE Stage 1 Visual Art / Design / Digital Media


The stage 2 visual art course requires students to demonstrate knowledge of social, historical and cultural context and understanding how artists respond to this in their work. Students use visual thinking and investigation to develop ideas and concepts, refining technical skills and produce imaginative solutions. Students learn to communicate personal ideas, beliefs, values, thoughts, feelings, concepts and opinions and provide observations of their lived or imagined experiences in visual for within their folios. Using critical analysis skills Students evaluate and reflect on practice using arts terminology and methods.

Topics may include

  • the visual study requires independent research, exploring ideas, media, style and technique based on other artists and practitioners. Supporting material should be 2000 words or equivalent.
  • folio focuses on development work and includes evidence of visual learning. This includes research, brainstorming, ideation and inspiration. Students are required to explore a variety of media including manual and digital applications.
  • practicals could consist of a body of work created in 2D or/and 3D media. Students prepare a 500 word written practitioner’s statement for each practical work.


Students’ performance will be determined according to the subject’s performance standards, as outlined by the SACE Board.

  • assessment type 1 – 2 x folios
  • assessment type 2 – 2 x practical
  • assessment type 3 – visual study

All assessment is moderated by external SACE examiners on site at the end of the year. The visual study is externally marked by SACE.

Additional Information

Students will require:

  • 2 x A3 Art Display Folder
  • a large USB storage devices
  • students may need to purchase additional printing and/or internet credit
  • any unusual additional material that student individually require