Approved Specialist Artsmedia Program

Governor Stirling Senior High School

Artsmedia Promotional Video

Approved Specialist Artsmedia Program

Specialist Artsmedia Program coordinator, says the school has developed a “hands on, real life program” to prepare students for a career in the creative industries.


“Joining forces with Universities and related industries, gives our student’s the opportunities to work with and learn from the experts and graduate ready to work in growing industries such as visual arts, digital design, media or communications,” she said. 


”This program is about transforming traditional art practice with modern technology. This ability is the key to future educational and career outcomes for our students.”


To view our promotional video and examples of students’ work, click here.

Program Overview

Delivered in partnership with universities and industry, the Specialist Program in Artsmedia provides students with in-depth industry knowledge and access to the latest technology to develop their skills in visual arts, digital and game design, film and television, journalism and photojournalism.


Delivered in partnership with Murdoch University this program offers students:

  • Practical, insider knowledge and guidance from specialist teachers
  • Industry experts to help develop job ready skills.
  • Tertiary and industry links to give access to university or training organisations.
  • Excursions and participation in real life projects, competitions and exhibitions to inspire students to turn their skills into a career.
  • Completion of Certificate II in Visual Arts.


Commencing in Year 7, the Specialist Program in Artsmedia is delivered via 4 hours of tuition per week.  In Year 7 Specialist Artsmedia is offered as an academic stream. This stream prepares students for university entry. Our partnership with Murdoch University provides opportunities for direct university entry. The Specialist Artsmedia Program is also offered as a Vocational program stream in the later years. This stream provides nationally recognised certification in a range of creative industries in preparation for future education or training.


Entry requirements

Entry into the Specialist Program is through a selection process. Students apply directly to the school, you can do so through the online form below. Please provide a copy of the student’s most recent school report and Year 5 NAPLAN results along with any other certificates of achievements and a letter of reference from your Year 6 teacher.

Year 7 enrolments for Round 1 applications 2024 close Friday 5 May 2023.

All applicants complete a selection test (stage 1) on Tuesday 16 May 2023 at 9:00am (approx. 1 hour duration). Information regarding second round testing will be sent via email upon completion of academic testing. Those students selected from this test are requested to then submit a portfolio to the Front Office (please see portfolio requirements below), as well as participate in a practical task/workshop (stage 2) on Thursday 25 May 2023 at 2:00pm-4:00pm.

Letter to Parents.

Portfolio Requirements;

  • A cover page with name, address, phone number and attending primary school
  • One example of creative writing
  • A minimum of three (3) and no more than ten (10) visual arts examples you have completed in the last 12 months.

Creative works may include but are not limited to:
Painting, drawing or sketching
Sculpture or ceramics (photographed or scanned for submission)
Digital design (Photoshop, advertising, magazines, logos and branding material)

Portfolios are to be submitted on Workshop testing day. They can be hard copies of work in a folder, digital copies on a USB or a combination of both.

Students apply the previous year for entry in the following year (Year 6 for entry in Year 7). Year 5 students may also register their interest to receive information about future places by contacting the school on (08) 6274 0300.

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