Creative and Performing Arts

A ‘new super department’ — Arts Drama Design and Media (ADDaM) — has been established in the High School in response to students' focus on the arts and the development of the new Australian Curriculum.

High School students perform at IGS Artsfest

IGS has a dynamic creative vibe and this is evident in the students’ eager participation in the arts, as well as their talented and outstanding works and performance in drama, film studies, visual arts and design and technology.

Interest in electives in Stage 5 — and then on a formal level for HSC in Stage 6 – is strong, often resulting in state-wide recognition through external prizes and nominations, and selections for HSC showcases. Also exciting are the cross-curricular projects such as Sustainable Art (art and environment) and Think Hyperbolically! (maths and design).

The School’s Artsfest day is a highlight on the annual calendar, drawing the whole high school into the celebration of innovation, music and performance.


Drama and Film Studies

IGS High School students participate in dramatic productions through middle and senior school co-curricular groups in Theatresports and Shakespeare to more formal senior studies. The dedicated Drama Performance Space and Film Studies Room enhance the students' development.

IGS boasts several NIDA placements and graduates including Thuso Lekwape (graduated 2014) and Harry Greenwood (graduated 2006).  IGS students also regularly win filmmaking awards.
Read about our Drama Companies »

Performance opportunities exist in both co-curricular and formal studies

Senior students in a drama performance

HSC Drama performance scene change

Thuso Lekwape featured on the front page of SMH

Thuso's NIDA placement made the Sydney Morning Herald


Visual Arts

IGS always has a yearly crop of keen and talented visual arts students, however, a new focus on drawing and technique has resulted in some superb works coming from all years. The art studio rooms are well appointed and equipped – and they boast a sustainable outdoor garden area.

Design and Technology

Workshop rooms and computer labs complete with laser cutters and 3-D design bring the latest in innovation and technology for design students. HSC Design and Technology works are showcased alongside those of Visual Arts.

Student creating a sculputer in art studio

Senior students design in our art studio

Senior students displays Drawing technique

Visual arts students focus on drawing and technique

Student working on project in Design & Technology workshop

Design & Technology workshop


Recent highlights

  • 14 HSC Showcase nominations and selections in 2016 –ArtEXPRESS (7); OnSTAGE (6); Texstyle (1)
  • Film awards in V-Fest and Robin Anderson
  • Representation at National Art School summer program; Mosman Art Prize
  • Read more on HSC Showcases in our 2016 HSC Summary of Highlights »