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View The Arts on pgs. 24-27 in our 2023-24 WCDSB Course Calendar.
 
OR see below for course descriptions and prerequisites.
GRADE 10 DANCE (OPEN – ATC2O1)
This course emphasizes the development of students’ technique and creative skills relating to the elements of dance and the tools of composition in a variety of performance situations. Students will identify responsible and interpersonal practices related to dance processes and production, and will apply technologies and techniques throughout the process of creation to develop artistic scope in the dance arts.

GRADE 11 DANCE (UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION – ATC3M1)
PREREQUISITE: ATC2O1
This course emphasizes the development of students’ artistry, improvisational and compositional skills, and technical proficiency in global dance genres. Students will apply dance elements, techniques and tools in a variety of ways, including performance situations, describe and model responsible dance practices related to the dance environment, and reflect on how the study of dance affects personal and artistic development.

GRADE 12 DANCE (UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION – ATC4M1)
PREREQUISITE: ATC3M1
This course emphasizes the development of students’ technical proficiency, fluency in the language of movement in global dance genres, and understanding of the dance sciences. Students will explore the social, cultural and historical context of dance, apply the creative process through the art of dance in a variety of ways and exhibit an understanding of the purpose and possibilities of continuing engagement in the arts as a lifelong learner.
GRADE 9 DRAMA (OPEN – ADA1O1)
This course provides opportunities for students to explore dramatic forms and techniques, using material from a wide range of sources and cultures. Students will use the elements of drama to examine situations and issues that are relevant to their lives. Students will create, perform, discuss, and analyze drama, and then reflect on the experiences to develop an understanding of themselves, the art form, and the world around them.

GRADE 10 DRAMA (OPEN – ADA2O1)
This course provides opportunities for students to explore dramatic forms, conventions, and techniques. Students will explore a variety of dramatic sources from various cultures and representing a range of genres. Students will use the elements of drama in creating and communicating through dramatic works. Students will assume responsibility for decisions made in the creative and collaborative processes and will reflect on their experiences.

GRADE 11 DRAMA (UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION – ADA3M1)
PREREQUISITE: ADA1O1 OR ADA2O1 OR ALC2O1
This course requires students to create and perform in dramatic presentations. Students will analyze, interpret, and perform dramatic works from various cultures and time periods. Students will research various acting styles and conventions that could be used in their presentations, and analyze the functions of playwrights, directors, actors, designers, technicians, and audiences.

GRADE 11 DRAMA – MUSIC THEATRE (UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION - ADB3M1)
PREREQUISITE: ADA1O1 OR ADA2O1 OR ALC2O1
This course requires students to create and present a Broadway style musical. They will have hands-on experiences with various aspects of dramatic arts productions, including performance, vocal or instrumental music, dance, set design, lighting, costumes, stage and technical management, and marketing. Students will explore and reflect on the creative process and their own creative gifts. They will look at themselves and their culture throughout the arts. Various styles of musical theatre will be studied and students will explore possible careers related to the arts.

GRADE 12 DRAMA (UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION – ADA4M1)
PREREQUISITE: ADA3M1 OR ADB3M1
This course requires students to experiment individually and collaboratively with forms and conventions of both drama and theatre from various cultures and time periods. Students will interpret dramatic literature and other text and media sources while learning about various theories of directing and acting. Students will examine the significance of dramatic arts in various cultures, and will analyze how the knowledge and skills developed in drama are related to their personal skills, social awareness, and goals beyond secondary school.

GRADE 12 DRAMA – MUSIC THEATRE (UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION - ADB4M1)
PREREQUISITE: ADA3M1 OR ADB3M1
Students will have the opportunity to enter into a significant leadership role in the arts while creating and presenting a Broadway style musical. Students are expected to demonstrate an elevated proficiency of technique in one major and one minor focus area as well as provide strong leadership skills. Areas of focus may include performance, vocal or instrumental music, set design, lighting and sound design, costume and makeup design, or arts management and promotions. Students will also explore possible careers related to the arts, create an arts resume, prepare audition pieces and understand the necessity of an arts portfolio.

GRADE 12 DIRECTOR’S CRAFT (UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION - ADF4M1)
PREREQUISITE: ADA3M1 OR ADB3M1
This course requires students to experiment with forms and conventions in dramatic literature, to create, script, and present original and adapted works. Students will be taught theories of acting. Students will do research on directors and directorial styles from different historical periods. They will apply their knowledge in interpreting dramatic literature, including modern Canadian works. The ADF 4M1 Directing course provides the opportunity to utilize directing skills and techniques in mounting a play, realism vs. surrealism, playwriting, scene study, the rehearsal process, practice blocking, stage positions, focus and control of attention and the aspects of technical theatre.
GRADE 10 INTEGRATED ARTS (OPEN – ALC2O1)
This course integrates two or more of the arts (dance, drama, media arts, music, and visual arts), giving students the opportunity to produce and present integrated art works created demonstrate innovation as they learn and apply
concepts, styles, and conventions unique to the various arts and acquire skills that are transferable beyond the classroom. Students will use the creative process and responsible practices to explore solutions to integrated arts
challenges. 
GRADE 10 MEDIA ARTS (OPEN - ASM2O1)
This course enables students to create media art works by exploring new media, emerging technologies such as digital animation, and a variety of traditional art forms such as film, photography, video, and visual arts. Students will
acquire communications skills that are transferable beyond the media arts classroom and develop an understanding of responsible practices related to the creative process. Students will develop the skills necessary to create and interpret media art works.

GRADE 11 MEDIA ARTS (UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION - ASM3M1)
PREREQUISITE: ASM2O1
This course focuses on the development of media arts skills through the production of art works involving traditional and emerging technologies, tools and techniques such as new media, computer animation and web environments. Students will explore the evolution of media arts as an extension of traditional art forms, use the creative process to produce effective media art works, and critically analyze the unique characteristics of this art form. Students will examine the role of media artists in shaping audience perceptions of identity culture, and community values.

GRADE 11 MEDIA ARTS (OPEN - ASM3O1)
This course enables students to create media art works using available and emerging technologies such as computer animation, digital imaging, and video, and a variety of media. Students will explore the elements and principles of media arts, the connections between contemporary media art works and traditional art forms, and the importance of using responsible practices when engaged in the creative process. Students will develop the skills
necessary to create and interpret media art works.

GRADE 12 MEDIA ARTS (UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION – ASM4M1)
PREREQUISITE: ASM3M1
This course emphasizes the refinement of media arts skills through the creation of a thematic body of work by applying traditional and emerging technologies, tools, and techniques such as multimedia, computer animation, installation art and performance art. Students will develop work that expresses their views on contemporary issues and will create portfolios suitable for use in either career or post-secondary education applications. Students will critically analyze the role of media artists in shaping perceptions of identity, culture, and community values.

GRADE 12 MEDIA ARTS (WORKPLACE PREPARATION – ASM4E1)
PREREQUISITE: ASM3O1 OR ASM3M1
This course focuses on a practical approach to a variety of media arts challenges related to the interests of the student and provides students with opportunities to examine media arts in relation to the world of work. Students will develop works that express their views on contemporary issues and will create portfolios suitable for use in post - secondary work experiences. Students will critically analyse the role of media artists in shaping audience perceptions of identity, culture, and community values, particularly within the context of the workplace.
 
GRADE 10 ELECTRONIC MUSIC (OPEN - AMD2O1)
This course introduces students to the principles of music technology with a specific focus on recording. Students will become familiar with the use of multi-track recording equipment through practical projects. Students will also plan and produce music as art work and also to accompany various visual media. In this course, students will learn to produce their own tracks and laptop DJ. It is recommended that students take a Grade 9 Music course prior to this course.

GRADE 11 ELECTRONIC MUSIC (UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION – AMD3M1)
PREREQUISITE: ANY GRADE 9 OR 10 MUSIC COURSE
This course is designed for students who wish to study the techniques required to create music using electronic studio equipment. The course emphasizes the exploration of sound and its electronic manipulation. In this course, students will learn to produce their own tracks and laptop DJ.

GRADE 12 ELECTRONIC MUSIC (UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION - AMD4M1)
PREREQUISITE: ANY GRADE 11 MUSIC COURSE
This course is designed for students who wish to study the techniques required to create music using electronic studio equipment. The course emphasizes the exploration of sound and its electronic manipulation. In this course, students will learn to produce their own tracks and laptop DJ.

GRADE 9 GUITAR MUSIC (OPEN - AMG1O1)
This course emphasizes the creation and performance of music on the guitar at a beginner level and is aimed at developing technique, sensitivity, and imagination. Students will develop musical literacy skills by using the creative and critical analysis processes in composition, performance, and a range of reflective and analytical activities. Students will develop an understanding of the conventions and elements of music and of safe practices related to learning guitar, and will develop a variety of skills that will be applicable to intermediate and advanced guitar classes, and transferable to other areas of their life.

GRADE 10 GUITAR MUSIC (OPEN – AMG2O1)
Learn the basics of guitar technique while you learn to read music, listen to it more critically, and learn to write in traditional music notation and guitar tablature. This course emphasizes performance of music at an intermediate level that strikes a balance between challenge and skill. Student learning will include participating in creative activities and listening perceptively. Students will also be required to develop an understanding of music, including the elements, terminology and history. Many styles of chord and picking will be studied with basic classical technique.

GRADE 11 GUITAR MUSIC (UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION – AMG3M1)
PREREQUISITE: ANY GRADE 9 OR 10 MUSIC COURSE
This course continues focus on learning guitar techniques while improving on reading traditional music notation and guitar tablature. It emphasizes performance at an intermediate and advanced level exploring different performance styles and techniques. Students will be required to continue to develop their understanding of music theory as it relates to their performance practice while understanding music history and analysis from a critical perspective. 

GRADE 12 GUITAR MUSIC (UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION – AMG4M1)
PREREQUISITE: ANY GRADE 11 MUSIC COURSE
This course continues focus on improving on a variety of guitar techniques acquired in AMG 3M1 while emphasizing ensemble and solo performances at an advanced level. Students will continue to explore relevant music history and advanced theory while applying concepts to arranging and composition that are appropriate for this level. There will also be a focus on critical analysis, reflection on social and cultural influences and the effects of traditional, commercial and art music. 
 
INSTRUMENTAL GRADE 9 INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC – BAND (OPEN – AMI1O1)
This course emphasizes the creation and performance of music at a level consistent with previous experience and is aimed at developing technique, sensitivity and imagination. Students will develop musical literacy skills by using the creative and critical analysis processes in composition, performance, and a range of reflective and analytical activities. Students will develop an understanding of the conventions and elements of music and of safe practices related to music, and will develop a variety of skills transferable to other areas of their lives.

GRADE 10 INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC – BAND (OPEN – AMI2O1)
This course emphasizes the creation and performance of music at a level consistent with previous experience. Students will develop musical literacy skills by using the creative and critical analysis processes in composition, performance and a range of reflective and analytical activities. Students will develop their understanding of musical conventions, practices, and terminology and apply the elements of music in a range of activities. They will also explore the function of music in society with reference to the self, communities, and cultures.

GRADE 11 INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC – BAND (UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION – AMI3M1)
PREREQUISITE: ANY GRADE 9 OR 10 MUSIC COURSE
This course provides students with opportunities to develop their musical literacy through the creation, appreciation, analysis, and performance of music, including traditional, commercial, and art music. Students will apply the creative process when performing appropriate technical exercises and repertoire and will employ the critical analysis processes when reflecting on, responding to, and analyzing live and recorded performances. Students will consider the function of music in society and the impact of music on individuals and communities. They will explore how to apply skills developed in music to their lives and careers.

GRADE 12 INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC – BAND (UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION – AMI4M1)
PREREQUISITE: ANY GRADE 11 MUSIC COURSE
This course enables students to enhance their musical literacy through the creation, appreciation, analysis, and performance of music. Students will perform traditional, commercial and art music, and will respond with insight to live and recorded performances. Students will enhance their understanding of the function of music in society and the impact of music on themselves and various communities and cultures. Students will analyze how to apply skills developed in music to their lives and careers
GRADE 9 MUSIC – VOCAL/CHORAL (OPEN – AMV1O1)
This course emphasizes the performance of music with the voice at a level that strikes a balance between challenge and skill and is aimed at developing technique, sensitivity and imagination. Students will participate in creative activities that teach them to listen with understanding. They will also learn correct musical terminology and its appropriate use.

GRADE 10 MUSIC – VOCAL/CHORAL (OPEN – AMV2O1)
This course emphasizes performance of music at an intermediate level that strikes a balance between challenge and skill. Student learning will include participating in creative activities and listening perceptively. Students will also be required to develop a thorough understanding of the language of music, including the elements, terminology and history.

GRADE 11 MUSIC – VOCAL/CHORAL (UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION – AMV3M1)
PREREQUISITE: ANY GRADE 9 OR 10 MUSIC COURSE
The course develops students’ artistic knowledge and skills through the performance of music and the preparation of music productions. Students will perform appropriate works, particularly works in contemporary popular styles. They will also plan, market and produce musical productions, making use of appropriate technology and will evaluate the results. The focus of this course is to train singers.

GRADE 12 MUSIC – VOCAL/CHORAL (UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION – AMV4M1)
PREREQUISITE: ANY GRADE 11 MUSIC COURSE
This course emphasizes the appreciation, analysis and performance of music from the romantic period and the 20th century, including art music, jazz, popular music and Canadian and non-Western music. Students will concentrate on developing interpretive skills. The focus of this course is to refine skills and to develop solo techniques.
GRADE 9 VISUAL ARTS (OPEN – AVI1O1)
This course is exploratory in nature, offering an overview of visual arts as a foundation for further study. Students will become familiar with the elements and principles of design and the expressive qualities of various materials by using a range of media, processes, techniques, and styles. Students will use the creative and critical analysis processes and will interpret art within a personal, contemporary, and historical context.

GRADE 10 VISUAL ARTS (OPEN – AVI2O1)
This course enables students to develop their skills in producing and presenting art by introducing them to new ideas, materials, and processes for artistic exploration and experimentation. Students will apply the elements and principles of design when exploring the creative process. Students will use the critical analysis process to reflect on and interpret art within a personal, contemporary, and historical context.
 
GRADE 11 VISUAL ARTS (UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION – AVI3M1)
PREREQUISITE: AVI1O1 OR AVI2O1
This course enables students to further develop their knowledge and skills in visual arts. Students will use the creative process to explore a wide range of themes through studio work that may nclude drawing, painting, sculpting, and printmaking, as well as the creation of collage, multimedia works, and works using emergent technologies. Students will use the critical analysis process when evaluating their own work and the work of others. The course may be delivered as a comprehensive program or through a program focused on a particular art form (e.g. photography, video, computer graphics, information design).

GRADE 12 VISUAL ARTS (UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION – AVI4M1)
PREREQUISITE: AVI3M1
This course focuses on enabling students to refine their use of the creative process when creating and presenting two- and threedimensional art works using a variety of traditional and emerging media and technologies. Studentswill use the critical analysis process to deconstruct art works and explore connections between art and society. The studio program enables students to explore a range of materials, processes, and technologies that can be applied in their own art productions. Students will also make connections between various works of art in personal, contemporary, historical and cultural contexts. Students will create a fully documented portfolio of their current artworks to communicate their creative achievement.

GRADE 11 VISUAL ARTS - CRAFTS ((UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION – AWA3M1)
This course focuses on the exploration and creation of both traditional and contemporary crafts. Students will use the creative process to make artworks using a variety of materials. The type of crafts to be explored will be selected based on student interest and availability of materials / equipment and teacher knowledge. Possible materials and techniques include paper crafts (paper making, book binding, quilling, card making), fiber crafts (crocheting, embroidery, weaving, macrame, soft sculpture), glass and ceramics (glass fusing, wheel throwing pottery), jewelry (hand/loom beading/wire).  There will also be a focus on promoting skills and establishing careers through visits to artist workshops, galleries and craft shows.

GR. 11 VISUAL ARTS: INTERIOR DESIGN (UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION – AWH3M1)
PREREQUISITE: AVI1O1 OR AVI2O1
This course provides students with opportunities to relate design concepts to studio projects. Students will draw interior and exterior spaces, explore trends, study colour theory, learn about the history of design and style, refinish/upcycle furniture, and research interior designers. They will also look at post-secondary schools and careers in the industry. This course is organized into three strands: Creating and Presenting; Reflecting, Responding and Analyzing; and Foundations.

GR. 12 VISUAL ARTS: INTERIOR DESIGN (UNIVERSITY/COLLEGE PREPARATION - AWH4M1)
PREREQUISITE: AWH3M1
This course provides students with the opportunity to further add to their existing skill set in design. An emphasis on the world of Architecture will be explored, including a guided walking tour of one of Guelph’s oldest neighbourhoods, Exhibition Park and the downtown core. This course offers practical experience in drawing and design (traditionally and using technology) and a look at industrial and lighting design. In collaboration with the teacher, students will begin to self-direct their learning and studio projects, moving towards a polished portfolio. This course is organized into three strands: Creating and Presenting; Reflecting; Responding and Analyzing, and Foundations.
Questions? 

For all inquiries about The Arts, please contact Bishop Macdonell's Art Dept. Head, Amberlea Daigneau, [email protected] 

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