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Academy of Visual & Performing Arts Course Descriptions

VISUAL ARTS
MATERIALS & DESIGN 1
Grades 9-12, Credits 1.25-5.00
Material & Design 1 is designed for those students who gain satisfaction and pleasure working to create products which are both utilitarian and decorative in concept and design. Material & Design 1 is recommended for students who desire a career in art or an art related field, or simply for personal pleasure. The areas covered in this class are: design, ceramics, printing, metals and textiles.
MATERIALS & DESIGN 2 (PRE-REQUISITE: MATERIALS & DESIGN 1)
Grades 10-12, Credits 1.25-5.00
Material & Design 2 is designed to expand the student's exposure to various materials in crafts and in the design field. Students will be provided with an opportunity to gain additional in-depth experiences in areas previously explored and to add new areas of discovery to their experiences.
ART 1
Grades 9-12, Credits 1.25-5.00
Art 1 is an introductory course in art design, fundamentals of drawing, color analysis, painting and sculpture. Emphasis is placed on "hands on" projects as well as the aesthetics and criticism of art. Included in this course is a brief overview of art history. The purpose of this course is to encourage the enjoyment of creating art, working with a variety of media, as well as gaining the skills and knowledge in this subject area.
ART 2 (PRE-REQUISITE: ART 1)
Grades 10-12, Credits 1.25-5.00
Art 2 continues a student's exploration with broader areas of art. The purpose of this course is to reinforce the basic concepts introduced in Art 1 and develop new media avenues of creative expression. Included will be an introduction to portfolio preparation, commercial values of art, and careers available in the various arts.
ADVANCED ART (PRE-REQUISITE: ART 2)
Grades 11-12, Credits 1.25-5.00
Students entering the Advanced Art level will continue to gain experiences and exposure to additional media in art. Included in this course is advanced sculpture, advanced painting, advanced design, portfolio preparation, when applicable, and independent study. The purpose of this course is to encourage a stronger interest in the aesthetic area, provide more individualization to meet the needs of each student as well as the group, and offer developmental learning process through critiques and hand on experiences.
PC GRAPHICS 1
Grades 9 – 12, Credits 1.25-5.00
This full year course will expose students to the world of computer graphics. The course will focus on the principles, equipment, and skills used in advertising and computer graphic industries through hands-on computer work. Students will utilize computer programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to create artwork and illustrations that can be incorporated into desktop publishing documents, and websites. This course will address topics such as computer imaging, typography, and layout and design in order to assure that students acquire knowledge and understanding of the visual and graphic arts fields.
PC GRAPHICS 2 (PRE-REQUISITE: PC GRAPHICS 1)
Grades 10 – 12, Credits 1.25-5.00
This full year course is a continuation of PC Graphics 1. The course will focus on the principles of art and design, color theory, typography, editorial/advertising design, promotional design, package design and branding/logo identity. Students will utilize computer programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to create artwork that will be setup for print production and web respectively. Students will be introduced to more complex concepts and techniques of graphic design, illustration and digitized photographic manipulation. This course will offer students a more sophisticated approach to computer generated design at both the technical and intellectual level. (This course is highly recommended for students who may have an interest in careers in design such as: graphic design, interior design, editorial/publishing design, fashion design, package design, digital photography, illustration, and web design).
PC GRAPHICS 3 (PRE-REQUISITE: PC GRAPHICS 1 AND 2)
Grades 11-12, Credits 5.00
Advanced PC Graphics 3 is a comprehensive graphic arts & multimedia design course that enables students to develop a solid foundation in design principles and digital art techniques through the intensive study of basic design elements, fine art composition creation, aesthetic judgments and conceptual art theory using contemporary digital tools and mediums. This course is project based and students will have the opportunity to practice and utilize these skills for the layout and production of documents used in school flyers, school newspaper, school and community newsletters, promotional pieces (flyers, posters, t-shirt designs) for clubs and school wide events. Students will be strongly encouraged to participate, submit work, and take advantage of design scholarships and digital art exhibitions available throughout the year. (This course is highly recommended for students who may have an interest in careers in design such as: graphic design, interior design, editorial/publishing design, fashion design, package design, digital photography, illustration, and web design).
PERFORMING ARTS
DRAMATIC ARTS
Grades 9-12, Credits 1.25-5.00
Dramatic Arts is an introductory course designed for those students interested in exploring the world of dramatic arts. Students will be introduced Drama as a genre, while experimenting with the skills needed to bring drama to life. Students will come to understand the basics of acting as well as develop skills such as speaking, characterization, movement, and improvisation in order to become effective performers.
BEGINNING BAND
Grades 9-11, Credits 1.25-5.00
Beginning Band is designed to introduce aspiring musicians to the rehearsal and performance requirements of a high school band. This course is open to any student who has an interest in developing the ability to play a musical instrument. An emphasis of instruction will be on reading and comprehending standard notation as well as improving performance techniques. Participation in performances is a requirement of this course.
BEGINNING BAND – KEYBOARD
Grades 9-11, Credits 1.25-5.00
Piano and Electronic Keyboard is based on the New Jersey Standards for High School Music. Students taking this course are offered keyboard classes in order to develop music proficiency and musicianship. Students perform with proper posture, hand position, fingering, rhythm, and articulation; compose and improvise melodic and harmonic material; create and perform simple accompaniments; listen to, analyze, sight-read, and study a variety of keyboard literature; study the elements of music as exemplified in a variety of styles; and make interpretive decisions. This course is for students with little or no experience on piano.
BEGINNING BAND – PERCUSSION
Grades 9-11, Credits 1.25-5.00
Beginning Band Percussion is designed for students who are interested in exploring concert percussion instruments. The course will focus on care of all instruments, correct posture, carriage of mallets and sticks, basic tone production, and rudiments. Students will study basic music theory and note reading, and will have the opportunity to experience playing keyboard, battery (drums), and auxiliary percussion instruments.
BAND (PRE-REQUISITE: BEGINNING BAND AND A PERFORMANCE TEST)
Grades 9-12, Credits 1.25-5.00
The goal of the Band Program is to provide each student with a well-rounded musical education. This education focuses on building a solid foundation of musical knowledge upon which successful performances are built. In addition to providing a quality music education, the Band Program also recognizes the need to educate the whole child. By participating as a member of the band, each student will develop the character skills needed to attain his/her own personal best. Participation in performances is a requirement of this course.
GENERAL CHORUS
Grades 9-12, Credits 1.25-5.00
Chorus is open to all students since no previous training is required. The course focus is on basic voice training, ear training, music fundamentals and music literature. Performance in concerts will depend on the level of vocal ability at the director's discretion. Character education will be achieved through the team-building exercises of school concerts and community events. The purpose of the course is to increase the ability of each student with regard to voice quality as well as the ability to lead and sing his/her part in a harmonic setting.
CONCERT CHOIR (PRE-REQUISITE: AUDITION AND TEACHER APPROVAL)
Grades 9-12, Credits 1.25-5.00
The basics of music fundamentals, advanced vocal technique, advanced harmonies; (3 to 4 parts) will be covered. Exposure to a wider scope of choral literature will broaden student knowledge. Character education will be achieved through the team-building exercises of school concerts and community events.
MUSIC THEORY
Grades 9-11, Credits 1.25-5.00
Music Theory and Appreciation is a course designed to give students a comprehensive look at music from ancient Greek civilization through hip hop music of today. This course is open to all students, regardless of their past musical background. The goal of Music Theory and Appreciation is to help students understand the fundamentals of music and how the music of today is linked to the past. The course will begin with a review of music elements to provide a basic foundation for discussion. The first half of the course centers on the history of Western music, beginning with the music of the ancient Greeks and ending with current classical music. The second half of the course examines various types of popular music of the 20th century including jazz, rock and roll and pop. Music Theory and Appreciation is a full year course which meets every day.