The faculty of Performing Arts at Butler College offers all students a dynamic, inclusive and motivational curriculum that fosters students’ skills and interests in the areas of Dance, Drama and Music. Our aim is to help students to develop a stronger sense of individualism, self-reflection and self-esteem. All performing arts staff are professionally trained and dedicated in their specialist areas to support student growth and success in the performing arts.
General and advanced programs in Dance, Drama and Music (including IMSS) are offered for Years 7 to10. Courses are supported with regular performance opportunities both at the College and externally, excursions and incursions. Students have the opportunity to participate in our extension programs (refer to Extracurricular Activities below).
Students who are driven to excellence may also participate in a General, ATAR or Certificate course in Dance, Drama and Music in Year 11 and 12. There are also opportunities to perform at a variety of specialised venues and community-based events. Please refer to the Student Curriculum Handbook for more information.
Dance is a high energy student centred course that offers students the opportunity to create, choreograph, respond to and perform, on a regular basis, focusing on a variety of popular genres including contemporary, jazz, hip-hop and cheerleading. Students are able to showcase their skills at the College’s Performing Arts Spectacular as well as external performance opportunities.
Drama is a student centred Performing Arts Program that will provide each student with the opportunity to enhance their performance skills in the theatrical area of acting, voice control, confidence and dramatic skills, Students who select to participate in this course will have the opportunity to be invited to and participate in the College’s Performing Arts Spectacular.
Students who select the instrumental music course in Year 7 are expected to continue their study with the Instrumental Music School Services (IMSS) and the instrumental course. New students to the College who have experience in playing a musical instrument or are currently undergoing external lessons are invited to enrol in this course.
The area of media is continually changing and advancing with the development of new technologies. Students who study media have the opportunity to explore areas such as digital photography, animation and film making. Student who show an interest in this area will, in their senior years have the opportunities to progress their studies in our state-of-the-art Media Suites.
Visual Arts & Fashion
Visual Art and Fashion emphasises the elements and principles of fine art and design. We offer general and advanced programs for Year 7 to 10. Courses are complemented with regular exhibitions, excursions and incursions. Students have the opportunity to explore a variety of skills, techniques and processes and are exposed to contemporary and historical Artists, with a focus on drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics and sculpture.
General, ATAR or Certificate courses in Visual Art and/or Fashion are offered to Year 11 and 12 students. Please refer to the Student Curriculum Handbook for more information on senior school courses.
Photography & Graphics
Our goal is for students to become well-rounded in the fundamentals of digital photography. We use up-to-the-minute digital SLR cameras in our photography classes. Students have the opportunity to develop and extend their technical camera skills and post production editing using a range of software programs. Students are able to showcase their work through a highly developed digital portfolio and have the opportunity to have their work entered in competitions and displayed in school exhibitions.
Extra Curricular Activities
Students can extend their skills through a variety of extra-curricular opportunities at the College:
- An annual Drama production or musical;
- Cheerleading specialist program including specialist training by national cheerleading schools;
- Music - band, ensemble, choir and lunchtime/weekend community performances;
- IMMS/Instrumental Music Programs offering students with exceptional talents to specialise in clarinet, percussion, flute, trumpet, trombone, saxophone, guitar and vocals;
- Recording studio opportunities in our state-of-the-art recording studio; and
- Visual Art Club where students not only extend their skills, but assist the performing arts productions and exhibit art works on a regular basis.