NBSC Mackellar Girls Campus

The girls' campus of the Northern Beaches Secondary College

Telephone02 9949 2083


Creative arts

In creative arts, students discover a variety of art forms through a study of dance, drama, music and visual arts.

Studying the creative arts, students learn to appreciate, compose, listen, make and perform. Each art form has its own unique knowledge and skills, elements or concepts as well as a capacity to inspire and enrich lives.

Students must study 100 hours of both music and visual arts during Years 7 to 10. They also have an opportunity to further develop their knowledge and skills in other art forms through elective subjects including drama, dance, photography and visual design. Students can then select from a range of courses in Years 11 to 12.

Years 7 - 8

All students undertake Visual Arts and Music in these years, as they are mandatory to allow them to meet the requirements by ROSA (Record of School Achievement).


As a result of participation in musical activities in performance, composition and listening, students will:

Learn to play keyboard, guitar and percussion instruments as a means of:

  • Developing musical and aural skills
  • Self expression
  • Interpreting written musical notation
  • Developing music literacy through writing and interpreting music notation symbols
  • Creating music - through improvising, composing and arranging
  • Listening to a wide range of music

Visual Art

In Semester 1 students explore materials (media) using ‘self' portraits as a theme. Students will develop an understanding of the limitation and potential of media, eg pencil, pastels, oil crayons, acrylics, shellac, bitumen etc. in a variety of approaches to 2D works and mask-making.

In Semester 2 students explore sculpture theme ‘animals' – construction method, surface embellishments, etc

Course Outline – People, Critical Study, Historic, Literacy and Post Modern.

Enrichment/Targeted/Extension Programs

The Enrichment/Targeted/Extension Programs offered in Years 7 and 8 are Music, Dance and Visual Arts.

Years 9 - 10

Electives : Students can elect to study

  • Visual Arts
  • Dance
  • Music

Years 11 - 12

Students can choose between the following 2 unit subjects

  • Visual Arts
  • Dance
  • Music
  • Course 1
  • Course 2
  • Extension
  • Photography
  • Entertainment

The school also offers 1 unit Photography, Video and Digital Imaging. This is a Board Endorsed Course.