Setting benchmarks across all Arts Disciplines

with extensive on-site and industry training


The Australian School of The Arts (ASTA) is a state-of-the art program that includes the ASTA Academy programs and the audition based ‘Professionals’ Arts Excellence program.

ASTA caters for students in Preparatory to Year 12 across all facets of Arts Education, including Performance Music, Fine Art, Drama, Dance, Voice, Film, Television and New Media, Musical Theatre and Fashion and Costume Design. 

The various ASTA programs have over 1000 students enrolled across all of these facets of the Arts.

"The ASTA program supports a thriving curriculum by value adding to the students' artistic opportunities and experiences at Sheldon College."

Mr Darren Harvey, Director Australian School of the Arts

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ASTA Dance Academy

The Sheldon College Dance Academy is an exciting initiative within the Australian School of the Arts (ASTA). The Dance Academy offers tuition for students in Prep to Year 12. Students learn a range of dance styles whilst developing coordination, strength and confidence.

We aim to provide children with an encouraging learning atmosphere that builds their confidence in every way. ASTA Dance Academy students are encouraged to take part in Eisteddfod’s (selected ensembles only), concerts and assemblies as we believe that learning to dance gives birth to performance.

Each year, all groups are carefully constructed based on the skills, ability and age of individual students. Our teachers are proactive in monitoring student progress to ensure that students are placed in a suitable ensemble. Class numbers vary each year and are also considered when finalising classes.

All ASTA Academy dance groups will perform in our annual dance celebration ‘Just Dance’ in June each year. Other performance opportunities include weekly College assemblies and the Arts Festival in November.

Members of our Performance Troupes will also compete in local dance eisteddfods. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to dance in a competitive environment with their peers.

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ASTA Drama Academy

The Australian School of the Arts (ASTA) Drama Academy offers students in Prep to Year 8 the opportunity to gain skills and excellence in the Performing Arts. 

Enrolled students will attend regular weekly classes with a focus on performance skills and Drama training. 

Prep to Year 6 Production Group 
This invitation only project has been created to provide a platform and opportunity for our younger students to participate in a production ensemble. 

Year 7 and 8 Pre-Professionals Program
This program provides talented students in Year 7 and 8 an opportunity to experience Dramatic Theatre and/or Musical Theatre.

Musical Theatre Performance
This program allows students to participate in a Musical Production. Students will explore, song, dance and the spoken word.

Dramatic Production
This program provides our actors with the opportunity to produce a Play. Skills learnt will include Stage Combat, Laban and Actors Technique. 

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ASTA Fine Art Academy

The Fine Art Academy offers an exciting, encouraging and supportive environment for students in Years 2 to 8 to explore their artistic and creative talents with new mediums and techniques.

The Fine Art Studios are a nurturing home to the development of visual literacy, aesthetics, technical skills, creative problem-solving and critical thinking. The mission of the Sheldon College Fine Arts Department is to educate students in Visual Art by providing a working knowledge of the relevance of Art in their lives and in society as a whole, while empowering students with lifelong knowledge, appreciation, and understanding of the power of the arts in our society. We build higher level thinking skills and hand eye coordination through the study of different media, techniques, and art history. Students are encouraged to express themselves through their work and critiques of theirs and others work.

Visual communication is part of daily life.  A familiarity with visual art is an integral and essential communicative skill that links human experiences. A comprehensive Visual Arts experience engages the student in meaningful art criticism, aesthetics, history and production. Process, craftsmanship, exposure and connection to a worldview of art-making promote a standard of quality that enhances the individual’s life.

The Fine Art Academy is composed of teaching professionals and practising Visual Artists who share a passion for teaching and who hold the belief that, in a diverse and technologically advancing world, Visual Art serves as an expression of our culture’s deeper values.  The highlight of each studio is an Exhibition of the students work to family and friends at the end of each term with a special combined ASTA Art Exhibition each year.

Features
  • Professional artists as tutors in our Excellence programs.
  • Exciting after College excellence programs for our Junior, Middle and Senior Students.
  • Exhibition of student work.
  • Gallery Visits.
  • Access to professional practices, materials and techniques.
  • Cutting edge digital experiences.
Our Vision

As demonstrated through our mutual development of high artistic and academic standards, our vision for every fine arts student includes the belief that:

  • Fully-engaged art students demonstrate an understanding of their art form through creative, cooperative, collaborative, and independent learning processes such as performance, production, creation, critique, and analysis.
  • The creation and appreciation of Visual Art enriches the lives of students and enhances lifelong experiences as an intrinsic, universal awareness of culture.
  • Education in Visual Art encourages students to develop intelligences not exercised in other classes. 
  • Fine Art education values both the process and the product.
  • Fine Art has a far reaching potential to help students achieve educational goals outside the discipline.

Contact Australian School of the Arts

For further information about the Arts at Sheldon College, please email [email protected] or call us on (07) 3206 5594.

AUSTRALIAN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS NEWS

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