The Arts

We offer a dynamic, inclusive and motivational curriculum nurturing students’ skills and interests in all learning areas of The Arts, to help them 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.

General and advanced programs in Dance, Drama and Music (including IMSS) are offered for Years 7 to10. Courses are supported with regular performance opportunities at the College and externally. Students also have the opportunity to participate in Extra-curricular Activities.

Students may also participate in a General, ATAR or Certificate course in Dance, Drama and Music in Year 11 and 12, with opportunities to perform at specialised venues and community-based events. 

Please refer to the Lower School or Senior School Curriculum Handbooks for information on specific courses.


Dance is a high energy course offering the opportunity to create, choreograph, respond to and perform on a regular basis.  We offer students two pathways - General and Advanced, with both pathways supporting progession into Year 11 and 12 specialised General Dance, ATAR Dance or Certificate II in Dance courses, delivered by specialist teachers. Students have the opportunity to perform in the annual dance concert as well as festival work, incursions and excursions run by professional dance artists and companies.


Drama is an energetic, performance-based subject allowing students to develop their acting, directing and designing skills through a range of theatre styles including comedy, improvisation, mime, mask, Melodrama and Elizabethan Theatre. Our courses offer a fun and safe environment for students to develop confidence, empathy, resilience and creativity whilst improving their communication, literacy, interpersonal and problem solving skills. Students work with peers to perform scripted pieces and create their own original theatrical masterpieces. We offer Drama courses in two pathways - General or Advanced, giving students the opportunity to progress to the Year 11 and 12 ATAR Drama or General Drama.

Music (IMSS)

The specialised study of instrumental music through the Department of Education’s ‘Instrumental Music School Services’ (IMSS) program enhances our students’ learning of their musical instrument and performance skills. IMSS provides instrumental music services to 450 public primary and secondary schools in WA, reaching over 15,000 students from Year 3 to 12. In addition to weekly small group instrumental lessons, students participate in enrichment music activities that involve working collaboratively with students across Year levels as well as with students from other schools.  Tuition in specific instruments may not be available at some schools, with changes to the instruments available occurring each year.  At Butler College, IMSS are able to provide tuition in the following instruments:

Woodwind (Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute), Brass (Trumpet, Trombone), Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums/percussion.

Students participating in IMSS in Primary Years are encouraged to continue their study with IMSS at Butler College. Read more information about IMSS or download the Application form.

Music - Year 11 and 12

We offer state-of-the-art, industry based facilities for Year 11 and 12 students with a keen interest in pursuing a music industry career.  With a recording studio, practice rooms for band and ensemble, as well as the Performing Arts Centre for large scale productions, students are trained in an industry-based environment.  Students have many opportunities within the College and our local community to perform to live audiences.

CUA20615 Certificate II in Music Industry (RTO – 41549 Cosamp) 2-year Course over Year 11 & 12

Minimum Entrance Requirements:

  1. Students must have participated in 2 years of school music subjects in Years 7-10.
  2. Minimum of 2 years’ instrument tuition – keyboard piano, drums/percussion, bass, guitar, vocals, brass, woodwind.

CUS30109 Certificate III in Music (performance)  
(RTO 41549 – Cosamp) 2-year Course over Year 11 & 12

Minimum Entrance Requirements:

  1. Students are required to be involved in the IMSS program at Butler College, having received instrumental lessons from Year 7.

For more information about the Certificate courses offered in Year 11 and 12, please view the Curriculum Handbook .

Butler College Music


Students in Year 7-10 have the opportunity to experience our innovative Media program, learning to examine and respond to a wide range of media through written and practical production. Students with a genuine passion for Media can extend their skills in our fully-equipped TV Studio and through the extra-curricular Butler College Media Academy program. Student work is showcased at an end of year 'Oscars' themed event, and is often entered into competitions.

Visual Arts

Visual Arts is universal in its communication and as a means of expressing ideas, observations, experiences and emotions. Our students develop their creative expression and explore a variety of skills, techniques and processes for a wide range of contexts including; drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and wearable arts.

General or advanced courses are offered in Year 7-10, with both pathways developing students' critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills all relative to today’s global society. The General pathway focuses on developing fundamental skill required to engage in the creation of artwork in a variety of media, while the Advanced pathway challenges and extends students' practical skills and supports the development of analytical writing skills.

Both pathways prepare students for a specialised Visual Arts curriculum in Year 11 & 12, with courses in General Visual Arts, ATAR Visual Arts or Certificate II in Visual Arts. All students have the opportunity to exhibit their work in the Colleges’ annual ‘Aspire’ exhibition as well various community exhibitions and competitions.  Please refer to the Year 11 and 12 Curriculum Handbook for more information on senior school courses.


Students in Photography will become adept in the fundamentals of digital photography, building on their skills each year. Our courses provide a range of digital SLR cameras and equipment for students to use. Students create and maintain a photography portfolio and have opportunities to exhibit their work at the College and in community based competitions.

Graphic Design

Our courses are designed for students who are interested in expressing themselves visually and digitally, where they will learn, improve and advance their skills in a range of computer-based drawing and editing. Students have the opportunity to submit work into design competitions as well as create posters/designs for College events throughout the year.

Extra Curricular Activities and Programs

Extra-curricular programs aim to challenge and extend students with a keen interest in a specific learning area of The Arts:

  • Annual Drama production or musical;
  • Butler College Media Academy students can extend their skills in Media and showcase their work on the College’s new monthly TV show, produced in our fully-equipped state-of-the-art TV Studio.
  • Music Performances - Percussion Ensemble, Band Ensemble, Recording Studio sessions and Concert Band. We also play regular gigs at Dome Butler, Ocean Keys Shopping Centre Clarkson and the Mindarie Festival.
  • Butler Blaze CheerleadingOur state champion cheerleading squad trains weekly in the College Gym with a professional international cheer coach supporting the squad. Try outs commence in Term 1 and the squad competes in regular competitions. Butler Blaze placed First in the CUA Stars and Stripes competition and look forward to continued success in the future.