Technology and Applied Studies

The Technology and Applied Studies (TAS) faculty offers the following subjects

  • Technology - Stage 4 Mandatory
  • Design and Technology - Stage 5 and 6
  • Textiles Technology - Stage 5 and 6
  • Visual Arts - Stage 4, 5 and 6
  • Information and Software Technology - Stage 5
  • Software Design and Development - Stage 6
  • Information and Process Technology - Stage 6
  • Statement of Attainment towards Certificate I Construction - Stage 5
  • Cert II  VET Hospitality - Stage 6
  • Cert II VET Construction - Stage 6

Our philosophy is to deliver challenging and innovative projects that stimulate inquiring minds. All staff in the faculty are driven with the belief that the foundations for academic success are laid in Stage 4. This is where students start to build knowledge and work habits that will provide them with the skills to succeed in their senior school years and post school life. 

Design Subjects
Design & Technology students at SCAS are offered a wide range of media with units of work in general woodwork and metalwork, acrylics, textiles fashion, digital media, graphic design, film, video and photography, electronics and Computer Aided Drawing. An Honours Program is run annually in Textiles with a bi-annual visit by Whitehouse Institute of Design, a leader in international design education specialising in Fashion Design, Interior Design and Styling & Creative Direction. 

Visual Arts
Visual Arts involves students in artmaking, art criticism and art history. Students develop their own artworks, culminating in a "body of work" in the HSC course. Students critically and historically investigate artworks, critics, historians and artists from Australia as well as those from other cultures, traditions and times. The preliminary course is broadly focused, while the HSC course provides for deeper and more complex investigations. While the course builds on Visual Arts courses in Stages 4 and 5, it also caters for students with more limited experience in Visual Arts.

Computing Subjects 
Computing is a vibrant and ever changing field of endeavour. At SCAS we provide students with broad based practical courses that enable them to explore areas of interest, working both collaboratively and individually.

The overarching goals of the Computing department are that our students will:

  • develop advanced skills across a range of applications thereby becoming intuitive learners of software packages
  • become problem solvers and independent learners
  • understand the interaction between hardware, software and users of computer systems 
  • understand and appreciate the use of the computer as a tool 

An Honours Program is run annually in Python Programming. The Challenge is run by the School of Information Technologies at the University of Sydney as part of the National Computer Science School (NCSS). 

Vocational Subjects
Students have the opportunity to receive national recognised TAFE (AQF) qualifications while undertaking their path of study to the HSC. Both Hospitality and Construction are completed at the Certificate II level and require students to undertake 70 hours of work placement across the two year course. Specialised, industry-best workrooms and kitchens are available on campus as part of the Trade Training Centre.