HSC Intensive Studio Practice


The NAS HSC Intensive Studio Practice is endorsed by the NSW Education Standards Authority and has been offered by NAS to Year 11 Visual Arts students in all government and non-government high schools since 2000. During the NAS HSC Intensive Studio Practice the student will: –work within a specialised discipline using a broad range of media and art making processes–refine their ability to interpret and evaluate their own and others’ artworks–engage in sustained critical reflection and evaluation–gain practical skills in preparing for, mounting and curating an exhibition.

This course is designed for students seeking to further their studies in Visual Arts to tertiary level. The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity for Year 11 students in Visual Arts to enrich and extend their study within a choice of seven specialised disciplines.

Students must be nominated for this course by their Visual Arts Teacher.

Please fill in a separate online application for each student.


Black & White Darkroom Photography

Students use the traditional fine art medium of black and white (silver gelatin) photography to explore photography’s specific visual language and concerns. Using 35mm SLR film cameras, they create negatives from which they print a series of black and white photographs in the darkroom. Students undertake sustained exploration of the  fundamental expressive tools of composition, light, tone, subject matter and editing.


Students will explore a specific theme that encompasses the natural environment, working with clay and other raw materials to refine and translate their experiences and observations.  Students will investigate and combine a range of ceramics processes to extend and enrich their knowledge and scope of the ceramic studio, as well as the possibilities of clay, glaze and firing, starting from the research and development of ideas through to the presentation of finished artwork for exhibition.


Students who have chosen this discipline will participate in the process of transcription: the analysis and appropriation of an historically significant image by research and practice. Through the process of transcription students will interpret the formal qualities and language of an historically significant painting by observation of surface, composition, planar and architectural space as well as cultural and conceptual concerns. In focussing on subjective analysis and research they will be encouraged to develop a personal response to the artistic language of the work with their new perspectives informing the medium.

Life Drawing

This course will focus on drawing the human figure. Students will spend the entire program drawing from the undraped life model. Through intensive studio practice students will develop their observational drawing skills while studying the inherent structure of the form, proportional relationships and the role of perspective in foreshortening. Different methodologies of depicting form will be employed from quick gestural drawings to sustained exploration of the figure in a spatial context.

Digital Photography

Students will use the fine art medium of digitally-produced photography to explore specific visual language and concerns. In a sustained exploration of the fundamental expressive tools of composition, light, colour, subject matter and editing, students will examine the manipulative possibilities particular to digitally produced photography and the resulting ideas expressed.


Students will investigate and combine a range of printmaking processes to extend and enrich their knowledge and scope of the printmaking studio. They will focus on the use of etching in an exploration of contemporary technical, aesthetic and creative concerns. The course will promote independent research and foster the development of individual ideas to produce a folio of prints.


The aim of the course is the development of a set of 3D figurative concepts. In developing their art works within different methods of sculpture (carving, modelling and construction) all students will undertake a sustained exploration of the human figure. Students will begin with a study in clay and progress to a further study of the human form in plaster relief carving. The final project entails producing a large scale figure using construction methods. An emphasis is placed on a reinterpretation of sculptural conventions and traditions.


Education Outreach Coordinator: Lorraine Kypiotis
Education Outreach Officer: Alana Ambados
+61 2 9339 8751

Course Dates

Module 1 (4 days): Tuesday 16 – Friday 19 July 2019
Module 2/3 (5 days): Monday 30 September – Friday 4 October 2019

Course Fee

The fee for all students who are accepted into the NAS HSC Intensive Studio Practice is $360. All regional students who require boarding will be asked to pay an additional $360 ($720 total). This will be payable on acceptance to the course.



Please note:

The NAS HSC Intensive Studio Practice now operates as a University Developed Board Endorsed Course, and as such the National Art School will have responsibility for:

  • forwarding a list of participating schools to the NSW Education Standards Authority so that the course appears in Schools Online to enable those schools to enter their students
  • informing school principals in writing if at any time a student is at risk of receiving an ‘N’ (Non-completion) Determination
  • advising the school principal in writing when students have satisfactorily completed the course.

Each School will have responsibility for:

  • entering students into the course on Schools Online at the commencement of Year 12.

The NAS HSC Intensive Studio Practice will still appear on the student’s HSC certificate as a one unit course but will not contribute to the student’s ATAR count. NAS will issue each student with a “Statement of Results” which will include a mark out of 50.

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