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Creative and performing 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.

About Creative and Performing Arts at South Sydney High School

Creative and performing arts (CAPA) is an active and enthusiastic faculty which includes the subjects of:

  • visual arts
  • photographic and digital media
  • drama
  • music.

The consistently high results in these subjects are achieved through the engaging and constantly revised programs delivered by the experienced and dedicated staff in this faculty.

The CAPA faculty at South Sydney High School creates opportunities to make meaningful and relevant links to learning by enabling students to perform and display their works in a variety of settings within the school and wider community.

We provide the following specialist facilities for students studying CAPA subjects:

  • drama performance space
  • photography darkroom
  • art studios (with technology access)
  • music rooms
  • keyboard lab
  • a computer pod (fitted with high level graphic capabilities)
  • kilns
  • several outdoor learning areas.

Visual arts

This faculty provides learning opportunities designed to encourage students to understand the visual arts; including the different kinds of creative works they and others make.

In visual arts, students are encouraged to work in a variety of media and technologies and are given opportunities to visit art galleries and exhibitions.

Photography and digital media

Print, interactive and moving forms are extremely relevant (and of fundamental interest) to our students.

Much of their knowledge of the world, and their notions of cultural and self-identity, come from the photographic and digital images that permeate the visual arts and design, television, film, video, internet, mass media and multimedia.


Drama provides a particularly valuable means of increasing self confidence and social awareness. Students are involved physically, as well as emotionally and intellectually. Students learn through doing.

Drama is, moreover, a cooperative process through which students develop their ability to share and communicate.


In the music program, we believe that music is for life and our programs are all about developing the skills for our students to display that creativity beyond their schooling years.

Contemporary music experiences are a part of the music class with the use of technologies to enhance creative experiences.