The Creative Arts Excellence (CAX) Program at PBC sharpens the creative talents of artistic students through mentoring, practise and specialised training. The CAX Program provides a platform for students to broaden their skills by working collaboratively with other students, industry artists, teachers and guest professionals.
The opportunities and experiences offered to CAX students are framed around the three A’s: Ambition, Artistry and Academia.
Extension of core Arts curriculum
Students in the CAX Program will be granted opportunities to be challenged beyond the core Arts curriculum. Such opportunities may include:
- Specialised skills training
- Arts showcases
- Class, small group and independent Arts projects
- Exposure to and utilisation of specialised Arts resources and facilities
- Collaboration with students from other CAX fields
Targeted post-secondary pathways
Embedded within the CAX curriculum is a focus on identifying and exploring Arts Industry pathways. Arts pathways studied may include:
- Tertiary institutions and requisites
- Work placements
- Supplementary qualifications
- Training academies
- Portfolio development
- Audition/interview skills
Underpinning its development of gifted and talented Arts students are the unique elements offered within the CAX Program. These elements may include:
- Industry standard facilities and resources
- Fostering and exhibiting of original works
- Tracking of student development for success
- Arts industry partnerships
- Opportunities for and advocating of community service
- Range and scope of performance opportunities
- Dedicated program staff
- Academic rigour and support
CAX staff focus on delivering an excellence program that strives for Ambition, Artistry and Academia through quality teaching and learning. The CAX staff are selected based on the four dimensions:
- Core Curriculum Extension
- Targeted Post-Secondary Pathways
- Curriculum Pathway Experiences
- Unique Program Elements
Teachers in the CAX Program are leading practitioners who together bring a wealth of national and international arts experience and training to the program.
Curriculum and pathway experiences
Training in the CAX program is complimented by a number of Arts industry experiences available to CAX students. Such experiences may include:
- Workshops delivered by practising artists
- Exposure to and appreciation of industry standard Arts works
- Skills and pathway training offered by industry professionals
- Partnerships with Arts companies, identities and training organisations
- Master classes with touring artists and productions
- Support from notable CAX alumni
Entry to this program will be competitive. Students will be selected according to criteria determined by the school through an audition.
Students nominating for program entry will participate in Arts specific auditions conducted by program teachers.
Students recommended to the school for program entry also need to:
- Demonstrate commitment to school studies
- Have a satisfactory record of school conduct
Students who are successful in the auditions and satisfy the other criteria will be offered enrolment at the school and a place in their chosen specialty area in the CAX program.
A fee, additional to the textbook and equipment hire charge, is payable upon acceptance into the program and in each subsequent year that the student is part of the program. These funds are used to provide additional resources and enhancement exclusively for students within the program. Such funds provide greater curriculum resources, exclusive visits from guest speakers, and specialised training for teachers.