Performance, Art and Design

Performance, Art and Design (PAD) covers a rich array of different teaching areas connected through creativity and design process learning.

Working within these subjects, students develop skills in questioning, problem solving, research, analysis, communication, creativity, and critical thinking. There are many opportunities to demonstrate these skills through written, verbal, visual, constructed and digital means in the creation of a portfolio which supports their practical work. Students are also able to collaborate and to develop valuable interpersonal working skills.

Years 7 and 8 PAD compulsory subjects

These courses give students opportunities to further develop their creative and critical skills and understanding of processes and products. Working across the discrete subject areas to research, plan, collaborate, make, evaluate, and problem solve, students develop a range of abilities and transferable skills. In Years 7 and 8 all students take the following classes:

  • Drama
  • Music
  • Visual Art
  • Food Technology
  • MDT (Materials, Design and Technology)

Years 9 and 10 PAD elective subjects

To ensure a rounded education students are encouraged to elect a PAD pathway as one of their options in Years 9 and 10. Elective courses build on the learning of previous years, with an emphasis on personal expression and development across areas of interest, and pathways into Senior Secondary schooling. Elective PAD courses include:

  • Drama
  • Music
  • Visual Art
  • Media Art
  • Design in Wood
  • Applied Technologies
  • Food Technologies


Significant performance opportunities include the Senior Drama Production and the annual Fusion Arts Festival.

Senior Drama Production is performed in a professional theatre space and requires significant commitment. This is an extension of the Senior Drama Course and a chance to develop theatre skills from acting to backstage management.

Fusion Arts Festival is an annual event showcasing student work across creative subject areas. Students from Years 7-10 participate through exhibitions and/or performance. Works included in Fusion exemplify a breadth of talent and dedication to progress across PAD subjects. Both of these events are open to the public and provide students with authentic audiences for their work.


All PAD courses sit within the Australian Curriculum and work is assessed against the standards described at the end of Year 8 and Year 10.

Students maybe assessed in the following ways:

  • Formal essay;
  • Design portfolio;
  • Critique of peer or professional work;
  • Written reflection;
  • Journaling;
  • Performance/Exhibition;
  • Design briefs;
  • Collaborative projects; and
  • Creative responses to given stimulus works.

Future pathways

PAD subjects at MacKillop Catholic College are planned to connect to further study through TASC courses in Years 11/12. For more information on future pathways contact Guilford Young College or access their handbook.

Australian Curriculum – Drama, Music, Visual Art, Media Art Australian Curriculum – Applied Technologies, Food Technologies, Design in Wood, MDT