Gifted & Talented Visual Art

The Balcatta Senior High School Gifted and Talented Visual Art Program is a scholarship program offered to students identified as Gifted and Talented in the Visual Arts, usually in Year 6 for entry into Year 7.

Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Programs extend and enrich learning and let creative talents flourish.  Register your interest for the 2025 intake.

2024 Applications are now closed.





Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Program

The Gifted and Talented Visual Art program was established at Balcatta Senior High School in 1979. In 2019 we celebrated 40 years of excellence of our prestigious Visual Arts program.

Our Visual Art program provides students with outstanding creative opportunities to enrich and extend their artistic ideas, skills and processes. They learn through a differentiated curriculum with a variety of visual inquiry, studio work, exhibitions and critical and historical reflection.

This unique Visual Art program provides our students with the opportunity to engage themselves in a range of highly specialised studio areas during their Saturday morning art workshops. Students explore and experiment with a range of media including; Portrait painting in oils, ceramics, photography, digital art, animation, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and urban street art. They are all run by professional artists, designers, illustrators and practicing crafts persons.

Our students are exposed to traditional and contemporary Visual Art practices through excursions to current exhibitions and school workshop extensions by local and international artists.

For more information, view our Gifted and Talented Visual Arts Information booklet.

Application and Selection Process

The selection process is managed by the Gifted and Talented Selection Unit, through the Department of Education. If your child would like to apply for this program, applications can be made through the Department of Education Gifted and Talented Secondary Selective Entrance Team.

You can register your interest for 2025 now.

For more information, refer to the Department of Education’s website.

Gifted & Talented Education Information Event   (Suitable for parents of current Year 5 students)

  • Tuesday 28 November 2023

The Gifted and Talented Secondary Selection Entrance Program extends and enriches learning and allows creative talents to flourish.  Hosted by Balcatta Senior High School and presented by the Department of Education, this is a great opportunity to find out about key dates and application processes when applying for 2025 entry.

Suitable for parents of current Year 5 students.  Limited vacancies may also be available for entry into Years 9, 10 and 11 only.  The information session will cover all Gifted and Talented programs at all available schools.

Date:                        Tuesday 28 November
Time:                       6.00 pm to 7.30 pm
Venue:                    Performing Arts Theatre, Balcatta Senior High School
Address:                 56 Amelia Street, Balcatta
Bookings open:     9.00am Monday 11 September 2023
Book online:          Eventbrite –

For more information, go to website:


Young Masters Program

Balcatta Senior High School continues to run the Young Masters Program (from 9.30am to 12.00noon) Saturday Art classes for Year 5 and Year 6 students. Enrolment for the classes is open to our local feeder and surrounding primary schools. The Young Masters art classes run alongside our Saturday morning Gifted and Talented Visual Art workshops. Artists from the local community are employed as art tutors for these classes, thus providing students with a unique opportunity to gain and engage other arts experiences.

Dates to remember

Primary School Art Exhibition:

  • Monday 18 September 2023

Week Dates BSHS Young Masters
1 22 July Week 1
2 29 July Week 2 Week 1
3 5 August Week 3 Week 2
4 12 August Week 4 Week 3
5 19 August Week 5 Week 4
6 26 August Week 6 Week 5
7 2 September Week 7 Week 6
8 9 September Week 8
9 16 September Week 9
10 23 September NO ART – SCHOOL HOLIDAYS


Week Dates BSHS Young Masters
1 14 October
2 21 October Week 1
3 28 October Week 2
4 4 November Week 3
5 11 November Week 4
6 18 November Week 5
7 25 November Week 6
8 2 December
9 9 December
10 16 December

Special Art Awards for Excellence


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