Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Philippines, Indonesia


New Zealand

Ideas, practices, and approaches our country's share

Artists from Australia and New Zealand use the landscape of their country as a source of inspiration for their work.

In Fiji and the Philippines, weaving is a very popular form of art, as well as things made out of wood.

In both Australia and Indonesia, art education is taught throughout primary and secondary schooling.

Australia and the Philippines have a curriculum consisting of subjects including math, science, languages, music, arts, and physical education

Australia and the Philippines take pride in the importance of arts education, and teach it through out primary and secondary schooling.

Australia and the Philippines have public school systems free to the public, and have to take standardized tests in order to gain entrance into tertiary education.

Both Australia and New Zealand include art in their basic requirements, and value the benefits children gain through the understanding and practice in the arts. Art is studied all through out primary and secondary schooling in both countries, and there is a substantial amount of government funding for the arts in both as well.

Australia and New Zealand both require training of their teachers.

Both the Indonesian and Philippine educational systems are based on Western trends. Both cultures are heavily influenced by American values, including education.

Differences these country's have:

Australian arts are thought to have began with cave and bark paintings of its indigineous people.

Each state in Australia has a publicly funded theater company

The "good" pieces of art in Fiji are used for ceremonies and the "bad" are sold as souveniers.

New Zealand has three university based fine-arts schools, while the other countries lack that intense focus on the arts.

Many of Australia's performing arts have received funding through the federal government's Australian Council, while Fiji's arts are funded through tourism.

The arts of Indonesia find their roots in symbolically decorative adornment of palace and temple.

Australia provides free public schooling, while Fiji's government only provides some primary and secondary education.

Entry to secondary school in Fiji is allowed through competitive examination, but in Australia, children are required to attend both primary and secondary schooling.

Australia has many well developed art programs for both during and after school, while Fiji's programs are still in development.

Art education in Indonesia is not nearly as valued as it is in Australia.

Resources are very limited in Indonesia and there is little focus on education the young people in arts, while in Australia, it is a major focus on the importance of arts education.

Cultural arts are highly celebrated in Australia, but have little importance in Indonesia.

Filipinos focus on philosophy and faith in their curriculum. Australia has private schools which offer similar subjects, but they are not required in public schools.

New Zealand has very specialized and developed 4-part education in art. The students in New Zealand are required to study dance, drama, music, and visual arts through out the first 8 years of school, at least two of those during years 9 and 10, and are then able to pick a specialized subject for years 11-13. Australia's art education on the other hand, is more comparable to the U.S's system of basic understanding and participation.

Arts education in Indonesia seems to be the least valued as compared to the Philippines, Fiji, Australia, and New Zealand.

Surprising comparisons:

New Zealand has mandatory art education from grades 1-13, almost like the United States and most countries have mandatory English and math during those years. Its very surprising that New Zealand makes the arts (dance, drama, music and the visual arts) part of their core curriculum.

There is a high percentage of trained teachers in both Australia and Fiji. They have close similarities in the practice of other basic subjects such as mathematics, and science.

Whitney Miller
Jessica Warvel
Jonathan Bombrisk
Courtney Alexander
Stephanie LaRue