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Hornsby Girls High School

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Visual design

Currently, we offer this as a 100 and 200 hour elective course to Years 9 and 10.

Students who study design in Years 9 and 10 are usually interested in some kind of design-oriented career. The visual design course uses many of the practices of the art course so that these students have no difficulty in studying visual arts and doing well in the senior school. This allows them to choose tertiary courses in design-related areas.

Students are introduced to the design process and the conventions of design. They develop and produce a comprehensive design portfolio. Students gain a deep understanding of the fundamentals of design layout, graphic design, and visual communication. Students are involved in object design and construction as well as digital photography. Students will learn how to use a variety of technologies and graphics programs to create design works and manipulate imagery. Time-based work is also introduced as students make films, learn about animation and web design. Installation work, interior, and architectural design are also explored. Students study the practices of a range of designers, whose both material and conceptual practice can inform their own designing, and to write critically about such designs.

'I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way - things I had no words for.' Georgia O'Keeffe