The Arts

The Arts program at Lalor Secondary College offers students a range of diverse Visual and Performing Arts subjects. Two core studies of Music and Art are offered at Year 7. At Year 8, Music and Art and Design are offered. At Year 9 and Year 10, students have the opportunity to choose from a wide range of Arts subjects which lead to VCE pathways.

Arts at VCE

There are many Arts options from which to choose at VCE. These include Drama, Media, Studio Arts and Visual Communication Design. Please refer to the VCE subject handbook for subject descriptions and pathways.


We have a dedicated Arts Team at Lalor Secondary College who strive to instil a sense of pride and passion, to students. This is evident by the ever-changing displays around the school and highlighted by Arts Week, usually held in Term Four. Student participation in extracurricular activities such as the Cultural Concert and the School Production is a feature of our college culture.

Art and design

Art Year 7

The Art program promotes imagination and creativity through a range of art forms. It introduces students to materials and techniques in drawing, painting, and printmaking. Students are encouraged to use a variety of starting points such as observation and research to explore artworks of traditional and contemporary artists.

Music Year 7

The Music Program in Year 7 introduces students to musical performance, appreciation and theory through a range of musical genres. Students listen to and discuss instruments of the orchestra whilst exploring the elements of music. They also explore how sound is made before making a recycled instrument of their own. Students develop basic music theory knowledge and apply this knowledge when using body percussion and a variety of instruments to perform.

Art Year 8

The Art and Design program fosters individuality and creativity by exploring themes that draw from the student’s personal experience. Practical tasks are focused on developing skills in the use of a range of materials and techniques. Students learn to analyse the artworks of traditional and contemporary artists and apply this knowledge to develop their own ideas. 

Music Year 8

The Music Program in Year 8 extends students prior knowledge of studying music through performance, appreciation and theory. Students continue to explore the elements of music and develop their knowledge of musical theory. They continue to develop technical skills on a range of instruments and body percussion to perform in groups or individually.

Art Year 9

The Year 9 core choice Arts program enables students to choose to study from a wide range of Visual and Performing Arts subjects. These are 2D Art, 3D Art, Visual Communication Design, Drama, Dance, Film and Television, Music Expression Performance and Investigation. The Specialist subjects offered are Digital Design, Architecture, Art in Fashion and Electronic Music Production. Please refer to the Year 9 subject handbook for subject descriptions.

Art Year 10

At Year 10, students interested in careers in the Arts  professions will find that undertaking the following subjects will serve as a useful introduction to the VCE studies of Theater Studies, Media, Studio Arts, Visual Communication Design, Music Performance as well as some VET related courses. Subjects offered at Year 10 are Studio Arts, Dance, Drama, Media, Music Performance, Architecture, Photography, Visual Communication Design and The Commisioned Artist. Please refer to the Year 10 subject handbook for subject descriptions.

Instrumental Music Program

Structured instrumental music classes are offered in brass, woodwind, strings, guitar, keyboard, drums and voice. These lessons are available to all students from Year 7 to VCE and assist in broadening their skills as a musician. These are small group lessons designed to build student confidence that in turn showcases their talents be performing solo and in ensembles. For more information go to the Special Programs: Instrumental Music Page

Special Programs

Instrumental Music At Lalor Secondary College we currently offer instrumental music classes in trumpet, trombone, flute, clarinet, saxophone, guitar, bass, keyboard/piano, drums and voice to students who have expressed interest and demonstrated a commitment. These lessons are available to all students from Year 7 to VCE and assist in broadening their skills as a musician while nurturing their emotional intelligence. Lessons are taught by a team of professional musicians and expert teachers who have extensive experience in the music  industry, both contemporary and classical. Small groups of students are taken from class on a rotating fortnightly basis, so they never miss the same class consecutively and only miss the same period only once per term. These small group lessons allow students to become
confident musicians who contribute to school bands, choirs and small groups, as well as becoming confident in solo performances.

Creative Design and Technology

The Creative Design and Technology area offers students the opportunity to explore a range of learning experiences by designing and constructing projects from wood, metal and plastic materials.

Year 7

The Year 7 program introduces the students to a variety of production processes. They learn how to use tools and equipment in a safe manner, by constructing predesigned projects. The projects have been selected because they require the development of specific set of skills. They make a sugar scoop from acrylic plastic, a pen holder from tinplate, a spice rack from pine timber, a frog from acrylic, a copper repousse, and a pot stand from pine and plywood.

Year 8

In Year 8 the students are required to expand on the skills they developed in year 7. They make a cake server from acrylic, a pencil box from pine and ply wood, a dust pan from tinplate, a pig money box from acrylic, and a letter holder from tinplate.  The students are required to improve their research skills by completing assignments.

Year 9

At the Year 9 level the students are required to use the skills they have developed to design their own work. They use the wood lathe and other power tools to construct projects in wood and related materials. The projects are tables, tool boxes, book shelves and small cabinets.

Year 10

The year 10 students design and construct projects of a larger scale. They work from a design brief creating their working drawings and then applying them in the construction process. They use complex tools and equipment with safety being a major emphasis.  Examples of the projects they make are tables, cabinets, DVD video cassette holders, dog kennels and book shelves.