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VCE – Blake's story

Blake's story

Year 11

Applied Computing Units 1 and 2

VCE VET Creative and Digital Media Units 1 and 2

English Units 1 and 2

General Mathematics Units 1 and 2

Visual Communication Design Units 1 and 2

Year 12

VCE VET Creative and Digital Media Units 3 and 4

English Units 3 and 4

Further Mathematics Units 3 and 4

Studio Arts Units 3 and 4

Visual Communication Design Units 3 and 4

What factors did you consider when choosing your VCE studies?

I really thought about what subjects I enjoyed and what my interests were. I also researched university courses to see what subjects I needed to do to be accepted into the courses that I was interested in.

What did you enjoy most about the VCE studies you undertook?

I really enjoyed the final portfolio project within Visual Communication Design (VCD) as I am extremely interested in design and art. It allowed me to be able to explore and come up with an idea that I wanted to create, something that I was passionate about. I enjoyed my artistic subjects the most as I love to be creative and create art in different forms and express different ideas through the communication of art.

What are your top three tips for future VCE students who are trying to choose their studies?

  • Choose subjects you are interested in, not because your friends are doing them.
  • Think about your schedule and what other commitments you have during your week. See if you are able to dedicate enough time to a subject, for example, to produce a folio for an art subject.
  • If you want to go to university, think about what you want to do, and see which subjects are required to do that course.

What strategy worked best for you when preparing for your exams and what are your top study tips?

Creating and physically writing out a schedule and sticking to it. This way you feel organised and in those study times you will be more productive and will get work done. But also dedicate time for socialising, playing sport or doing activities other than studying. Having my days structured was most effective for me.

Did your selected studies align with your goals and career aspirations?

I chose the subjects that I loved doing, which luckily is what I wanted to continue doing at university and in the future. My subjects really helped me advance my design and art skills within my schooling, and helped me get into my desired university course. Being able to do Visual Communication Design and Studio Arts at school and continuing to study design at university will help me advance into an art and design career later.

Do you have any other advice for future VCE students?

Don’t get too worked up over anything. Have fun as well as concentrating on your studies, but most importantly have a balance of everything. Don’t dedicate too much time to socialising or to studying; it is about finding the right balance between studying and doing work and other fun activities that you want to do in your spare time.

What did completing the VCE mean to you?

At first it didn’t feel real because going into Year 12 and having a hard and stressful year of work was always talked about, so actually completing my VCE studies was a big thing. After all the hard work and dedicating a large number of hours to studying, it was a huge relief to finally finish – an amazing feeling.