John Curtin College of the Arts

John Curtin College of the Arts

An innovative and challenging education awaits your child at John Curtin College of the Arts.

John Curtin College of the Arts offers outstanding opportunities for our students to excel across a range of academic, creative and sporting endeavours.

As Western Australia’s only selective arts college, we cater for 1700 students from Years 7 to 12. Our students use the arts for engagement and motivation for learning.

Alongside our respected arts program, we have an outstanding record of academic achievement where 80% of our students study university entrance subjects and our NAPLAN results far exceed all national and State benchmarks.

Our expert teachers have been chosen specifically for their specialist knowledge, experience and dedication to teaching gifted young people.

John Curtin College of the Arts has creative and critical thinking at the forefront of all learning and teaching, laying strong foundations for our students to prepare them for life beyond school, both professionally and personally.

With a commitment to developing lifelong learners with integrity, who care, lead and contribute to society, John Curtin College of the Arts is committed to ensuring your child achieves the skills and knowledge for a successful future.

Our exceptional performing arts venues are complemented by dance and rehearsal studios, art and media studios, and design laboratories.

A unique feature of our college is the Arts Enrichment Program where all students at the college work with a range of peers in a diverse environment allowing them to explore and discover new opportunities and art forms while developing life skills.

International students can access a structured Arts program that builds from Year 9 to 12. Inclusion in the football and arts courses is based on aptitude and availability in the course. Our ballet program provides your child with the necessary hours of intensive training required to pursue ballet as a career and encourage their creativity.

Through an integrated program, your child will participate in classes, workshops and performances. In our contemporary dance program students are challenged with intensive training through an integrated program. They develop their imagination and sense of expression through a range of different genres of dance including classical ballet, Spanish and contemporary.

Our media arts program offers students the opportunity to develop a wide range of film making skills and develop expertise in current media technologies.

Our dynamic music program provides your child with a high standard of music education to develop music theory and aural skills. Your child can participate in large and small orchestral, band, choral, vocal and instrumental ensembles, and instrumental lessons.

Our visual arts program provides students with outstanding creative opportunities to cultivate their artistic skills and knowledge through a stimulating mix of visual inquiry, studio work, exhibition and critical and historical reflection.

John Curtin College of the Arts’ football program is Western Australia’s leading football program in secondary schools. As an Approved Specialist Program, we help selected students develop skills, attitudes and knowledge to enable them to compete successfully in football at the highest level. Our program has produced many Western Australian and Australian representatives, with a significant number of former students playing in professional teams internationally.

An Academic Excellence Program is also available for students who are academically talented. A rich suite of opportunities exists for your child to be engaged in leadership activities with positions ranging from student council representatives to sporting group captains and peer support leaders. A range of clubs, including astronomy, chess, coding and robotics give your child further opportunities.

Our student services team works in partnership with students, teachers, parents and the wider community in transition to secondary school, attendance, academic monitoring and support, learning support, subject selection and career guidance, pastoral care, and social, emotional, mental and physical wellbeing.
Nestled in the historic City of Fremantle on the coast, our school is easily accessed by bus and train.

Mitch Mackay - Principal

Mitch Mackay - Principal

“At John Curtin College of the Arts we know that working with like-minded peers and being taught by highly expert teachers in a stimulating learning environment contributes significantly to students achieving to their potential. Our strong focus on academic performance and social and emotional wellbeing is at the forefront of our teaching and learning.”

An innovative and challenging education awaits

John Curtin College of the Arts

John Curtin College of the Arts

“Our close knit community at John Curtin College of the Arts welcomes students from all different cultures and backgrounds. I have been able to share my passions and interests in the Arts with friends who support my aspirations. Throughout my secondary education I have been able to explore my Asian heritage and this has helped me embrace who I am. It is the inclusive nature of the college that has provided a safe and prosperous environment for me to explore my creative and academic pursuits.” Strawberry Osaki - 2019 President, Student Council