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The Arts


At Coorparoo Secondary College we offer students experience in the arts through art, dance, drama, music and film, television and new media. In the junior secondary program students must study at least 2 different arts subject and in the senior secondary they can choose from a variety of QSA, SAS and VET subjects.

Nautilus music is an extension music program offered in years 8 and 9 to students who demonstrate a keen interest in learning an instrument and developing their musicianship skills. We also offer music extension in year 12 which focuses on challenging our gifted and talented students in performance.


Dance education provides another mode of learning and a means of identifying and developing special interests, needs and talents not emphasised in other education areas. It also provides a basis for post-secondary involvement in dance and related arts for employment and leisure. Student’s self-confidence and the necessary skills to work effectively, individually and in teams are developed within dance education. Dance heightens awareness of, and develops respect for, the body and increases the quality of student’s wellbeing.


Drama explores and celebrates the human presence within real, imagined and mediatised worlds. It connects students to their own creative processes and provides opportunities for them to imagine themselves as others exploring beliefs, feelings, behaviours and relationships across diverse situations. Through engagement with drama, students develop knowledge, understanding and skills of dramatic languages and dramatic perspectives. They apply them to a creative investigation of the world and their place in it.

Film, television and new media

Film, television and new media provides opportunities for students to be involved in communicating ideas and information in the form of design proposals, products and critiques. Alongside this, students are afforded opportunities to work both individually and collaboratively; solve problems, develop higher-order cognitive and critical literacy skills; broaden their knowledge and understanding of the history and evolution of moving-images; appreciate diverse moving-image media experiences in different cultural contexts; generate and experiment with ideas; apply ethical and sensitive approaches to media production and use; develop transferable personal skills such as self-discipline; use various technologies; plan and organise activities; collect and analyse information about moving-image media; and express themselves as citizens, consumers, workers and imaginative beings.

Being our primary sources of information and entertainment, film, television and new media are important channels for education and cultural exchange. They are fundamental to our self-expression and representation as individuals and as communities. The skills fostered in this subject are not only of vocational value, but they also facilitate informed and social participation.


Music is a unique art form that uses sound and silence as a means of personal expression. It allows for expression of the intellect, imagination and emotion and the exploration of values. A study of music helps students to develop their practical and creative potential and to understand and heighten enjoyment of the arts. It develops their understanding of artistic processes and contributes to the development of the aesthetic, cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains.

Visual art

Visual art is a powerful and pervasive means which students use to make images and objects, communicating aesthetic meaning and understanding from informed perspectives. In a world of increasing communication technologies, knowledge and understanding of how meanings are constructed and ‘read’ is fundamental to becoming a critical consumer and/or producer of artworks.

Visual art prepares young people for a future in the workforce by requiring them to seek creative solutions to complex design problems, think divergently and use higher order learning skills to articulate an informed and individualised aesthetic (style/expression). At a time when creativity is sought by industry, visual art significantly contributes to the design and manufacture of images and objects needed for living. Artists, designers and craftspeople reflect identity and document culture through persuasive and inventive ideas.

Extra curricular

Instrumental music is offered to all students at the college where students, including beginners, may learn an instrument in a small group setting from a specialist teacher. The following instruments are offered: violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute (including piccolo for advanced students), all clarinets, oboe, bassoon, all saxophones, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, bass guitar, percussion and voice. All students have the opportunity to be involved in our ensemble program which includes choir, concert band, stage band, handbell ensemble, percussion ensemble and string ensemble. Lessons and rehearsals are held weekly. Lessons operate on a rotating timetable during the school day, and ensembles happen before school, after school or during lunch breaks.

Dance troupes offer an extra curricula program to students who want to further develop their dance skills and technique. Groups are offered in contemporary, jazz, musical theatre, ballet, tap and hip hop and rehearsals are run after school. These groups have the opportunity to perform at the annual brisbane eisteddfod and the college’s tread dance concert.

Every second year a musical is produced, and all students in the school are invited to audition for this.