High School Course Descriptions
Metropolitan Arts Institute High School Academic Curriculum
All curriculum is aligned with Arizona State Standards
Math Course Descriptions
Four years of math are required. We offer Honors options in all math classes.
Algebra 1: Linear Functions and Discrete Mathematics
The goal of this course is to provide students with the core algebra skills necessary to pass the algebraic portion of the Arizona AIMS standardized test. Semester 1 will focus on computational fluency, number sense, variable expressions, linear equations and inequalities, and graphing. Semester 2 will focus on linear systems, combinatorial theory, probability, and statistics. Students will learn definitions by using them and achieve mastery over new methods through rigorous practice. Students will use graphing calculators to explore functions that model real-world scenarios. Throughout the course, students will use algebraic methods to model real-world scenarios about numerical patterns, movement, and rate of change. Students will collect their own real-world data and model it with an appropriate mathematical function.
Geometry: Measurement of Space
The goal of this course is to provide students with the core geometry skills necessary to pass the geometric portion of the Arizona AIMS standardized test. Semester One will focus on measurement, the area of 2D figures, volume of 3D solids, coordinate geometry, transformations in the plane, angles, and line relationships. Semester Two will focus on triangles, quadrilaterals, polygons, circle theorems, and similarity theorems. Students will learn definitions by using them and achieve mastery over new methods through rigorous practice. Students will use graphing calculators to explore graph transformations and perimeter/area/volume properties of geometric figures. Throughout the course, students will use geometric methods to model real-world scenarios about area, volume, density, and rate of change.
(Prerequisite: Algebra I)
Algebra 2: Functions and their Application
The goal of this course is to develop an understanding and proficiency of functions. Semester One will focus on a review of fundamental algebraic techniques, quadratic functions, and rational functions. Semester Two will focus on polynomial functions, conic sections, sequences, and series. Students will use graphing calculators on a regular basis as an integral part of learning which will help students to advance as they visualize the mathematics concepts covered in class. As a class, we will weave fundamental theory with real-life applications so that students will understand how advanced mathematics will apply to their lives outside of the classroom. (Prerequisites: Algebra 1 and Geometry)
Pre-calculus: With Physical Application
The goal of this course is to prepare students to enroll in college-level mathematics, including calculus. Semester 1 will focus on using functions to model real-world scenarios: students will use polynomial functions to study physics topics such as distance, velocity, and accelerations; students will use exponential functions to model scenarios involving exponential growth and decay. Semester 2 will focus on using trigonometric functions to model periodic real-world scenarios, such as tides, planetary orbits, sunrise data, and other naturally occurring phenomena. Students will also study an introduction to calculus topics such as limits, derivatives, and integrals. Students will learn definitions by using them to achieve mastery over new methods through rigorous practice. Students will use graphing calculators to explore graph transformations of functions. Throughout the course, students will use algebraic methods to model real-world scenarios about the rate of change. (Prerequisites: Algebra 1, 2 and Geometry)
Financial Math (12th grade)
The goal of this course is to provide students with an understanding of how money is a tool and its use must be planned carefully in order to achieve life goals. Generally, students will explore the various ways in which money is made, spent and invested. Specifically, students will create financial goals, construct a budget, and actively research and experience the workings of a variety of financial tools and products: budgets, checking accounts, savings accounts, taxes, insurance, credit cards, loans, interest payments, investing, IRA's, stocks and bonds, and the power of compound interest. Students will complete a unit on the importance of probability and statistics in decision making in real life situations. Students will engage with the material by participating in classroom discussions, reading the textbook, and researching financial products outside of class. Instruction will be supplemented with lectures and presentations from various financial professionals. (Prerequisites: Algebra 1, 2 and Geometry)
Science Course Descriptions
Three years of science are required. We offer Honors options in Biology, Anatomy/Physiology and Environmental Science.
Life science focuses on the patterns, processes, and relationships of living organisms. At the high school level, students apply concepts learned in earlier grades to real-world situations and investigations using science and engineering practices to fully explore phenomena and to develop solutions to societal problems related to food, energy, health, and environment. The field of life science is rapidly advancing and new technology and information related to the study of life processes is being developed daily. Students in high school should have access to up-to-date information in the field while simultaneously gaining an understanding of the historical developments which shaped today’s understandings within the field. The Standards for life science encompass the areas of cells and organisms; ecosystems, interactions, energy and dynamics; heredity; and biological diversity. In addition to these core concepts, students will develop scientific literacy. Students will understand that scientists explain phenomena using evidence obtained from observations and or scientific investigations. Evidence may lead to developing models and or theories to make sense of phenomena. As new evidence is discovered, models and theories can be revised. Students will understand that the knowledge produced by science is used in engineering and technologies to solve problems and/or create products. Finally, students will understand that the applications of science often have both positive and negative ethical, social, economic, and/or political implications.
The goal of this course is to build a foundation of scientific reasoning and methodology that will be used throughout students’ academic careers by educating students in the central science of chemistry. Students will learn about atomic theory, how atoms and molecules interact, properties of matter (on macroscopic and atomic levels), and chemical reactions, all while using laboratory experiments to develop skills in data collection, analysis, and presentation. By the end of this course, students will understand that science is not just a class that is required for graduation, but a discipline that encompasses every aspect of our lives. Semester 1 will focus on scientific skills, the scientific method, scientific measurement and conversions, properties of matter, states of matter, atomic structure and the periodic table. Semester 2 will focus on chemical nomenclature, chemical bonding, chemical reactions and stoichiometry, solutions, acids and bases, and a brief introduction to nuclear chemistry. (Prerequisites: Algebra I)
Environmental Science -11th or 12th
Environmental Science is the study of the complex adaptive systems which we recognize as “Nature” and their interactions with human complex adaptive systems. We will explore current understandings of the atmosphere including climate and weather, the lithosphere including soil science, the hydrosphere including oceans and the water cycle, and the biosphere with a deep dive into agriculture. Using a sustainability perspective, we will explore current issues in human/nature interactions, and we will develop models for conceptual, practical and technological adaptations through regenerative design including permaculture and biomimicry. We will engage in the process of science to observe, hypothesize, experiment, discuss, and revise our understanding as new evidence comes to light. We will practice scientific literacy, engaging with current events in science. We will build and defend arguments based on textual evidence and accumulated data. Finally, we will work to develop our scientific habits of mind and the academic skills which will help us to be scientifically literate citizens and capable college students.
Physics -11th or 12th
This course uses algebra-based mathematical models to introduce the fundamental concepts that describe the physical world. Semester 1 topics include units and measurement, vectors, linear kinematics and dynamics, energy, power, momentum, fluid mechanics, and heat. Semester 2 topics include sound, electric fields, electric potentials, light, atomic and nuclear physics, and relativity. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the principles involved and display analytical problem-solving ability for the topics covered. Laboratory experiments, along with some computer-based labs and tutorials, will apply the scientific method and consolidate the basic principles discussed in lectures. (Prerequisites: Algebra II)
Psychology is defined as the scientific study of behavior and mental processes. We will survey the broad landscape of psychology beginning with the history, methods, and ethical considerations necessary for undertaking the process of science in psychology. We will work through the process of at least one primary research project during the school year. We will study the human nervous system including psychobiological processes and research techniques in modern neuroscience. Beyond this foundation, topics will vary from year to year and may include sensation and perception, consciousness and its variations, memory, motivation, stress, and health, human behavior and lifespan development, and social psychology. We will engage in the process of science to observe, hypothesize, experiment, discuss, and revise our understanding as new evidence comes to light. We will practice scientific literacy, engaging with current events in science especially pertaining to psychology. We will build and defend arguments based on textual evidence and accumulated data. Finally, we will work to develop our scientific habits of mind and the academic skills which will help us to be scientifically literate citizens and capable college students.
Sustainability and Regenerative Design (Course not offered every year)
A survey of ecological challenges and the theories and design based methods used to address those challenges. This class will cover Systems Theory, sustainable design principles and ethics, and sustainable agriculture as well as other topics in sustainability. The class will feature lab components and design opportunities. (Prerequisites: Biology & Chemistry)
Human Evolutionary Biology (previously Physical Anthropology) (Course no longer offered)
This is the study of human biology within the framework of evolution. In this class, students will investigate human biology through the study of genetics, inheritance, population biology and the principles of evolution. As humans are classified within the Order Primates, students will also study the evolution, ecology, and behavior of our closest living relatives: prosimians, monkeys, and apes. Considerable time will also be spent examining the fossil record of the human lineage, starting in the Miocene and concluding with the emergence of anatomically modern human beings. Finally, we will investigate the significance of human adaptability and the various ways in which the human species has adapted to habitats around the world. This is a laboratory course and students will practice the experimental techniques characteristic to anthropology through a number of in-class and off-campus activities. (Prerequisites: Biology & Chemistry)
Anatomy/Physiology 11th (Course replaced with Environmental Science as of 2017-2018)
The goal of this course is to examine the human body on both a microscopic and macroscopic scale. The structure and form of the human body (anatomy) will be examined, but the emphasis is placed on the integrated functioning parts and how these parts adjust to changing environmental conditions and biological needs (physiology). This is a college preparatory course which involves biology, chemistry, and physics. Students will be asked to think critically, learn medical terms and answer and discuss actual clinical cases. There is also a strong laboratory component to this course that involves microscopic analysis, as well as a number of dissections. This course will be of particular interest to those who are interested in a health science career. Semester 1 will focus primarily on homeostasis, cellular structure and function, the nervous system and the skeletal system. Semester 2 will cover the muscular system, integumentary system, digestive system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, endocrine system, reproductive system, human diseases and addictions, and the immune system. (Prerequisites: Biology & Chemistry)
Humanities Course Descriptions (English and Social Sciences)
Four years of humanities required. We offer Honors options in Humanities 9th-12th.
English Composition and Study Skills
The Humanities 9 course prepares students to study literature analytically through reading world literature with a focus on the different genres of literature (fiction and nonfiction, short stories, essays, articles, and speeches, poetry, drama, and the novel). Students will be expected to master language and reading objectives for the Arizona standardized test. In particular, students will demonstrate an understanding of language terms (capitalization, punctuation, grammar, usage, and spelling) in the writing they will complete for this class. Students will write in a variety of modes, such as descriptive, narrative, expository and persuasive for different purposes and audiences.
English Composition & World History
The goal of this course is to experience human cultural production from its ancient beginnings through modern times. Human cultural production can be understood as an expression of ideas and thoughts that help us understand struggle, achievement, virtue, love, anger, beauty, self, war, peace and revolution. These are just some of the concepts examined through literature, art, philosophy, music, theater, and dance. The initial objective will be to build a solid conceptual foundation through the western classics that will serve as a reference point for all future explorations of art and literature. The second objective for this course is to coherently connect ideas and expressions through different mediums and geographic spaces. The approach to these objectives will require reading, writing, and discussion, along with an understanding of culture, history, geography, and literature. Furthermore, students will engage in discussion of ideas openly and frequently, using these ideas as springboards for writing.
English Literature & US History
This course is a survey of some of the broad historical themes and evolutionary trends in the history of the United States as examined through specific events and the lens of American literature. The first semester covers earlier literature and events through the 19th century. The second semester’s primary focus will be the 20th century. The goal of this course is to help students develop an understanding of American History and how that history presents itself through historical documents and American Literature. Students will analyze primary source documents, novels, short stories, and poetry in order to develop a firm grasp of the American narrative. Students will be challenged to elevate their reading and writing skills through the creation of multiple essays in which they will use various research techniques, peer evaluation, and teacher-guided discussions.
English Literature & Economics, Arizona History & US Government
This year-long course is a survey of some of the broad themes associated with government and economics through the lens of historical documents and English Literature. Students will explore the structure of U.S. and Arizona government through constitutional analysis and landmark Supreme Court decisions. Students will learn to compare and contrast different forms of government from different perspectives. Students will also explore the realm of economics. Through the study of multiple forms of economy and various economic theories, students will demonstrate a working understanding of fundamental economics and its influence on society, politics, and literature. The first semester will focus on English literature and government. The second semester will focus on English literature and economics. Students will also meet all of the standards for senior-level writing and reading.
Poetry, Myth, and Transformation
This class is a combination of four subjects: poetic writing, Jungian depth & transpersonal psychology, mythology and transformational studies. We will engage with poetic images, language and the myths we live by as well as explore our imaginal inner worlds. the nature of creativity and seek out the source of our inspiration. Lastly, it is an investigation of our artistic responsibility to use our inspiration and creative abilities for the betterment of the world. Students will leave the course with a portfolio of poems, as well as a deeper familiarity with their inner creative resources. The goal of the course is to allow for the development of a solid mastery over the fundamental elements of the creative process, the maturation of the student's poetic voice and technique, and the growth of the student's knowledge and insight into their own creative self and the larger world. (Prerequisite: Instructor permission)
Study & Life Skills
This course provides the opportunity to develop important college readiness skills. This includes learning how to study, what to study, how to organize materials and stay organized. It also helps each student work to overcome any real or perceived deficiencies in an academic subject and how to break larger projects into smaller parts and make progress. The life skills orient around learning to balance life, work, social and family life. Every portion of the above skills are delivered on a one to one basis as needed, and as issues and concerns arise from the rest of the curriculum. Students have access to a faculty member to receive direct mentoring in any or all of the above areas. Teaching high school students how to stay organized, work in peer study groups and manage time effectively through the every-day use of a planner, prepares them for a future college or career. These objectives are closely aligned with the overall objectives of the Arizona College and Career Readiness goals.
In the Remedial Academic course students have been placed in the class for the extra support needed to succeed in their academic coursework. Teachers provide one-on-one academic support when the students require it. Teachers also check in with students weekly about their progress in all their classes, helping them to develop a plan to improve their grades and complete upcoming assignments. In addition to these supports, the teacher also monitors students' binders and planners, ensuring that they are organized and in use, supporting students in their organizational habits. The teacher holds students accountable for using their learned organizational skills and planning skills and offers support for those students struggling to stay organized. Students also learn how to work in peer-tutorial groups to problem solve. Teaching high school students how to stay organized, work in peer study groups and manage time effectively through every-day use of a planner, prepares them for a future college or career. These objectives are closely aligned with the overall goals of the Arizona College and Career Readiness goals.
Wayfinder (Seniors only)
Founded at Stanford University’s d.school, Project Wayfinder designed a 20-piece toolkit to equip students with the skills, knowledge, and confidence to become purposeful navigators of their lives. In this course, teacher-mentors will guide students through a sequence of 20 activities that promote self-awareness, world-awareness, and purposeful action. Project Wayfinder believes that school has the possibility to be a transformative and profound experience for young people that sparks their passion and curiosity. This class will help students develop traits crucial for young adults to thrive internally and externally throughout their lives.
Writing Across the Curriculum (Course no longer offered)
This course will primarily focus on enhancing the written work of students from 9th to 12th grade. The class will consist of lectures, discussions, in-class writing exercises, peer editing, and typing and revising final papers. Students will be expected to actively engage in the process of writing from idea to a final publishable paper. Students will engage in self-evaluations and will receive assignments meant to enhance vocabulary and grammar skills as well. Finally, students will be expected to be reading novels and non-fiction works throughout the entire school year. This course will draw from the Arizona English Standards from grades 9-12.
Comparative World Religions/Western Philosophy (Course no longer offered)
This course will provide a clear and concise introduction to the religions of the world. Students will learn about the people, places, practices, and philosophies that exist within the myriad of different religions and cultures that surround the globe. This class will clarify misconceptions and provide analysis from a purely academic point of view. Through study, lecture, and energetic discussion, students will explore the origins and impact of these many different religions on historical and modern thought. Through the varied lenses of many world religions, we will examine fundamental philosophical topics such as morality, ethics, the role of government, the meaning of life and existence, and beauty in religious expression. Students who are interested in this class should be mature and able to respectfully and objectively discuss many worldviews that may be vastly different to one’s own experience. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors.
Foreign Language Course Descriptions
The goal of this year-long course is to develop a foundation in the Spanish language and knowledge of Hispanic culture through speaking, listening, reading and writing. Students will acquire a basic Spanish vocabulary that will enable them to relate information about themselves and everyday events using simple sentences and phrases. Students will also gain cultural awareness and sensitivity through exposure to the language and histories of various Hispanic populations around the world.
Students in Spanish 2 continue to increase their ability in the language, building on the skills acquired in Spanish 1 and introducing more advanced structures in grammar and conversation. They will learn a more expanded vocabulary and improve their ability to function in the language. Students are expected to read, write and understand simple texts in Spanish. They will learn to listen and respond in given contexts using the target language with appropriate intonation and pronunciation. (Prerequisite: Spanish 1)
Spanish 3- Global Citizenship (Course not currently offered)
Spanish III/Global Citizenship is an interactive, dynamic course designed to not only further students' knowledge of Spanish grammar, vocabulary, and speaking, but to bring into focus how studying a language prepares one to become a citizen of the world with a more global perspective on culture, current events, and humanity. Spanish-speaking nations and regions will be explored through the film, art, dance, cuisine, music, and travel. Students will have opportunities to practice their Spanish in context while learning to dance Salsa and Merengue or cook Chilis en Nogada. Several times throughout the year students will take day trips to relevant festivals and art exhibits. (Prerequisites: Spanish 1 and 2 or Instructor permission)
Metropolitan Arts Institute High School Arts Curriculum
Visual Art Course Descriptions
The goal of this course is to introduce students to the Elements and Principles of Design using both 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional techniques. Each student should become familiar and comfortable with the Principles of Design, learning to incorporate them into all of their further visual art commitments. Students will demonstrate competency by understanding and executing the following Elements and Principles of Design: Line, Shape, Form, Space, Size, Texture, Color, Value, Balance, Rhythm, Repetition, Unity, Variation, Movement and Pattern. Students will create and identify these Design Elements in their own work, the work of their peers and that of historical artworks. Students will critique their own work and that of their peers.
Drawing - Beginning
The goal of this course is to understand the fundamental principles of drawing and gain the confidence to use them in the pursuit of creating visual art. Students will be able to demonstrate competency by understanding and executing the 5 Basics of Drawing along with the Elements and Principles of Design. Students will focus on the creation of line variation and begin to develop their own mark. Methods and techniques mastered will include gesture, contour, value, perspective, foreshortening and composition using a variety of materials. Students will begin to understand the history of drawing and its impact on society through a series of slide presentations and guest lecturers. Students will also be able to critique their own work, as well as the work of their peers. This course will facilitate drawing as a foundation for all other art-making endeavors.
Drawing - Advanced
The goal of this course is for students to engage in the advanced development of drawing skills and compositional theory. There will be further study of drawing techniques with emphasis on individual problems using a wide variety of traditional and nontraditional materials. Students will be able to demonstrate competency by understanding and executing the techniques involved with the following: Spatial Relationships of the Art Elements learned in Beginning Drawing: Shape, Value, Line, and Texture, as well as color. Methods and techniques mastered include Gesture, Contour, Organizational Measurement, Perspective, Foreshortening, and Composition. Students are introduced to Conceptual Drawing approaches using a wide variety of drawing tools. Students will begin to understand Art History and current artistic movements as well as contemporary art theory as it relates to drawing. Students will continue to gain knowledge in critiquing their own work as well as the work of others. (Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing)
Painting - Beginning & Advanced
The goal of this course is to develop fundamental skills and understanding of painting techniques. The history of painting and the social impact, both in history and contemporary life, are discussed as part of visual art in context. Students will demonstrate competency by understanding and executing the following techniques and methods: A La Prima, Glazing, Texture, Color, Value, and Composition. Students will paint from life and found visual source materials and will begin to build a personal body of work that can form a portfolio for college admission. Students will critique their own work and that of their peers. (Prerequisite: Drawing or 2D/3D Design)
Life Drawing (11 & 12th grade only)
Students will develop skills and understanding of drawing through studying the human figure and drawing from life. Students will be able to demonstrate methods and techniques of drawing by studying the human form. Students will be able to demonstrate competency by understanding and executing the techniques involved with the following: Spatial Relationships of the Art Elements Learned in Drawing 1-2: Shape, Value, Line and Texture as well as Color. Methods and techniques mastered include Gesture, Contour, Organizational Measurement, Perspective, Foreshortening, Portraiture, Figure Composition and the Figure in Context. The student’s own mark will be explored and celebrated. Students are required to submit 1 Artist review per quarter from a provided list. (Prerequisite: Drawing) (11th & 12th only)
Mixed Media - Beginning and Advanced
Students will understand conceptual art and experiment with a variety of materials and concepts that will encourage the expression of ideas through an integration of a wide variety of media. Students will understand the history behind conceptual art and how it is used in Contemporary Art. Students will be able to demonstrate competency by understanding and executing the techniques involved with the following: Spatial Relationships of the art elements learned in Drawing and 2-D/3-D. Methods and techniques mastered include Printmaking, Frottage, Collage, Assemblage and Book Arts using a wide variety of art-making tools. Students will begin to understand Art History and current artistic movements as well as Contemporary Art Theory as they relate to Mixed Media. Students will continue to gain knowledge in critiquing their own work as well as the work of others. Students are required to do an independent project consisting of an altered book that becomes their sketchbook/journal. (Prerequisite: Drawing or 2D/3D Design)
The goal of this course is to understand the fundamental basics of print media and to become a small part of print media's strong and everlasting history. Students will be able to demonstrate competency in the methods of drypoint, intaglio, relief printing; stamp making, linoleum cutting, woodcutting, screen printing, appropriation, and text-based compositions. Students will use a variety of media including oil-based inks, acrylic inks, chine-colle, blind embossment, found object printing, and so much more. Students will begin in intaglio for quarter 1, move into relief for quarter 2, and complete their 3rd quarter in screen printing. The final (4th) quarter will include a print exchange in which students will create an edition of prints large enough so that each student will receive one print from every classmate. Students will begin to understand the history of print media and its impact on society from Gutenberg to TeeFury. Students will be able to critique their own work, as well as the work of their peers. (Prerequisite: Beginning Drawing or Print & Craft)
Print in Contemporary Craft
The goal of this course is to introduce printmaking techniques through craft in a variety of media. This is a studio art class intended for both the experienced and the novice artist. This class will be taught in quarter sections, each one focussing on craft in a certain area: paper, ceramics, metal, and fibers. The fundamental principle of printmaking is to make multiple impressions from a key image. We will be exploring the variety that can be achieved from these impressions in as many forms as possible.
Photo - Beginning
Students will be provided with the technical and conceptual tools to express original ideas through the photographic medium. Students will express competency by understanding and executing the following techniques: identifying functions and properly using an adjustable 35mm camera, developing 35mm black and white film and creating black and white gelatin silver prints (both straight and manipulated). Students will also be able to list, define, describe and demonstrate formal visual competency by identifying and utilizing the elements and principles of design as they relate to the photographic image.
Photo - Advanced
Students will begin to master the communication of ideas through a photographic format at a higher level of craftsmanship, personal investigation, and social context. Students will address aesthetic concerns surrounding the production of a fine print and the presentation of the finished photograph. In the area of conceptual and contextual issues surrounding photography, students will be able to exhibit competency by understanding how to identify and use contextual issues that surround the photographic image, the history of photography, how to define and talk about aesthetics and culture as it relates to photography, the impact photography has on our culture and how to talk about art through self-critique of others’ work. (Prerequisite: Beginning Photo)
Introduction to Art History: A survey course
This course is intended to introduce students to the History of Art, beginning with the ancient cave paintings in France and ending with the contemporary art of North America in the 20th century. As an academic elective, this course will encourage discussion, analysis, and critical thinking. The use of digital images in a lecture environment will allow students to experience art across time in order to gain a better understanding of themselves as artists and to learn about the cultural context surrounding each movement. The evaluation of each student will consist of one critical essay per quarter, with each student having the freedom to choose from a variety of topics that are being examined. Ultimately, this course is intended to supplement the learning in the Humanities and Visual Arts curriculum.
Students will be provided with the technical skills of layout and book design as well as explore the different ways to record and substantiate journalistic information. Students will be responsible for photographing and documenting all school events. In addition, students will be responsible for the creation of the Metro High School Yearbook and Junior High School Yearbook.
Performing Arts Course Descriptions
Theatre - Beginning
Students will be presented with an overall basic introduction to the performing art of theatre which encompasses not only acting, but also directing, playwriting, technical and artistic design. The concepts that students learn will aide in creating a foundation for any branch of the theatre a student chooses to pursue in future studies or endeavors. The goal of the course is to create, facilitate and nurture any strength a student possesses and to help in overcoming any weaknesses discovered throughout the educational experience. Upon completion of the course, the student will have become familiar with the basic introductory knowledge needed for participation in a theatrical activity.
Theatre - Advanced
Students will continue their basic theatre training with an advanced examination and practice of the performing art of theatre which encompasses not only acting, but also directing, playwriting, technical and artistic design. The concepts that students learn will aid in furthering a foundation for any branch of the theatre a student chooses to pursue in future studies or endeavors. The goal of the course is to continue to create, facilitate, and nurture any strength a student possesses and to help in overcoming any weaknesses discovered throughout the educational experience. Upon completion of the course, the student will have become familiar with advanced acting, directing, playwriting and design technique.
Film - Beginning
This is a teamwork-based course built to enhance perception in the process of viewing films and to develop critical skills in evaluating and analyzing film as an art form. Students will identify and use film terminology correctly, as well as identify some of the major figures who have made great contributions to contemporary cinema. The class will learn to work on video production by switching off roles in the pre-production, production and post-production departments. They will also create a personal or group video project that will enhance their understanding of both the art form and themselves.
Film - Advanced
This course will hone in on individual projects and strengths. Students will enhance their perception in the process of viewing films and develop critical skills in evaluating film as an art form. They will learn to recognize and use film terminology correctly, as well as study some of the major figures who have made significant contributions to contemporary cinema. Students will learn to work on video production, switching off roles in the pre-production, production, and post-production departments and they will create at least one piece of work to be included in the students’ individual portfolios. (Prerequisite: Beginning Film)
Film Project: Production Techniques
This is a class in which single video projects will be produced by the entire class working together. All stages of production will be done during class time, including rehearsing, shooting, and editing. The class will be divided up with each student responsible for a specific role in a stage of production. Roles will be rotated throughout the year for each production.
This is a course for students interested in Physical Fitness and Nutrition. Studies emphasize Low & High Impact Aerobics, Yoga, Pilates, and basic Health and Nutrition. Students will learn to demonstrate knowledge of physical fitness terminology and basic knowledge of health and nutrition. They will reflect on personal progress through self-evaluation. Students will also begin to understand how basic neuromuscular functions work within their system.
This is a course for students interested in dance and a possible career in the art form. Studies emphasized are modern, ballet, dance history, and dance composition. Field trips and performance experiences are included in the curriculum. Students will use correct body alignment and will learn proper dance techniques. They will perform a variety of movement sequences in modern and ballet and will demonstrate knowledge of dance terminology and dance history.
This is a course for students interested in dance and a possible career in the art form. Studies emphasized are advanced modern technique and composition. This class will also include dance terminology, college and career opportunities, dance history, dance production, and teaching techniques. Field trips and performance experiences are included in the curriculum. Students will also demonstrate knowledge of improvisational and choreographic techniques and be able to solve problems appropriately in individual and group choreography. (Prerequisite: Beginning Dance)
Repertory Dance /Pre-professional Ballet
This is a course for students interested in dance and a possible career in the art form. This course will also include the study of dance terminology, dance history, and dance production. Field trips and performance experiences are included in the curriculum. Students will perform a variety of movement sequences in ballet and demonstrate knowledge of dance terminology and dance history related to ballet. By the end of this course, students will demonstrate the ability to reflect on personal progress through self-evaluation and will be able to communicate effectively through dance and written work. (Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor)
Guitar - Beginning & Advanced
This course is designed to give students an understanding of guitar technique and musical knowledge. The student will learn to play bar chords, further develop note reading skills as well as listening techniques, giving the student a well-rounded approach to the discipline. Through individual practice and group performance, a deeper understanding of the instrument and music will be achieved. Students will need to bring their own guitar for this course.
This class is designed to teach and improve upon each student's singing voice and how to sing successfully in front of others. During this course of study, they will be taught the fundamentals of healthy vocal production which includes the following: 1) proper posture and breathing to sing, 2) tone production, 3) diction, 4) expression and 5) gaining confidence as a solo and group performer. Students will sing individually and as part of a group for in class and periodic public performances. The fundamentals of music theory and beginning aural skills will also be taught.
This class is a continuation of Vocals I, reinforcing the principles of healthy vocal technique and production. How to apply these principles to the interpretation of solo and group vocal repertoire, and polishing performing skills. A more comprehensive and deeper look at music theory and aural skills incorporating music dictation and composing of melodies using theoretical practices.
Music Development and Production
This course will cover all aspects of the music creation process, from inspiration to the release and performance of original songs. The course will begin with the basics of music performance and writing, requiring students to create their own works. We will then build a foundational understanding of the science of sound before moving on to audio production and recording techniques, in which students will learn production software, engineering, MIDI, non-linear editing and mixing. Professional recording equipment will be available to use to assist in the production of both group and individual projects.
*These courses are subject to change at any time. Classes may or may not be offered on any given year based on student requests and/or faculty availability.