Graphic Design Media has been in high demand since starting as a Specialist Program in 2012. Students are guided by experienced teachers utilising excellent facilities and industry standard hardware such as iMacs, interactive tablets, the Adobe CC Suite and 3D printers. Our teaching staff have established excellent networks with a wide range of institutions including Murdoch, Curtin and Edith Cowan universities and the Black Swan Theatre.
Design and media are growth industries and the program leads directly to our ATAR pathway courses in Year 11 and 12, which are Design, Visual arts, and Media Production and Analysis. Melville SHS students consistently rank amongst the top in the State in these courses. Unlike many other secondary schools, we offer Graphic Design Media from Year 7, ensuring that creative students are fostered and mentored throughout their secondary school education.
Throughout Years 7 to 10, Graphic Design Media students are offered Master Class opportunities where professionals from the industry work with individuals and groups to extend and enhance their learning experience. These professional designers and media makers lecture and hold workshops during the program, coming from fields as diverse as fashion, printmaking, animation, architecture, interior design, illustration, photography, film making and industrial design.
Year 7 and 8s attend two sessions a week doubling to four sessions in Years 9 to 10 (from 2019). Projects are drawn from exercises aimed at increasing core skills as well as giving relevant industry context. Over the course of the year, students normally undertake one major project from each of the four major contexts: spatial design; 2 dimensional design; film and time-based media; and interactive/ photographic media.