Teaching & Learning Areas

In the Arts learning area students develop creative skills, critical appreciation and knowledge of artistic techniques and technologies in dance, drama, media, music, visual arts and combinations of arts forms. Engagement in the Arts develops a student’s sense of and equips them for a lifelong appreciation of arts and culture.

Why Arts subjects enhance the learning experience

The Arts provide young people with authentic and meaningful learning experiences that engage their minds, hearts, and bodies. While learning in other disciplines may often focus on development of a single skill or talent, the Arts regularly engage multiple skills and abilities, nurturing the development of a wide range of cognitive, social, and personal competencies.


The facilities at the Melville SHS Arts Centre are state-of-the-art, and having Graphic Design Media as a Specialist Program allows all students at the school to benefit. Computers, a 3D printer, camera and video equipment are just some of the technologies available.
The Carly Smith Studio is a great space for dance and performances, and is used on a daily basis.

Awards and Highlights

Melville SHS is a regular award winner in visual arts. Here are some highlights:

  • “Perspectives” exhibition at AGWA – three winners in two years
  • Southern Perspectives exhibitors
  • Shaun Tan Art award – regular place getters
  • Royal Show National Photographic Exhibition
  • Young Originals Exhibition
  • The Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Award Winners
  • City of Melville Sculpture Walk winners
  • Perth Black Swan had two students selected to exhibit
  • St George Art Awards commendations
  • Canning Art Awards – winners
  • Atwell Art Awards – winners
  • Doodle for Google competition – winners
  • Melville Art Awards – winners
  • Metamorphosis exhibition
  • City of Melville National Youth Week Photographic Exhibitions

Highlights of our music and dance programs include:

  • Music tour to Melbourne and New Zealand
  • Swing band performances
  • Music brunch
  • A variety show with 84 students involved
  • Twilight concert
  • Four bands performing in IMSS festivals
  • South of the River Dance Festival

See Interview with Madeline Waller who was a 2014 Perspectives Exhibition finalist at AGWA (go to Minute 1.25).


Melville SHS offers a tutoring discount with Academic Task Force. Click here for more information.

Academic Task Force has worked with schools and families for 28 years. It is one of the most experienced Year 11 & 12 education providers in Western Australia.

Whether you are a high achiever looking to get that extra edge or a student who would like additional support to reach your potential, Academic Task Force has a program to suit you. Many of our teachers have experience as Heads of Department, and are WACE markers or text book writers, so they know the syllabus well and can help you understand the content.