Middlesex County Arts HS Course Descriptions

Acting I (9th & 10th Grade)

Students will be partnered with other students in the class to work on scripted scenes.  Through exercises and critical feedback the students will learn to develop interesting and truthful characters in a variety of settings and situations dictated by the written script.

THIS COURSE CAN BE TAKEN FOR COLLEGE CREDIT

Acting II (11th & 12th Grade)

Students will continue working on basic acting techniques through exercises, and work on scenes and one act plays.  Students in this class are required to prepare at least one Shakespeare scene and to demonstrate an ability to act in a variety of different acting styles.

THIS COURSE CAN BE TAKEN FOR COLLEGE CREDIT

Creative Writing (9th-12th Grade)

This class is designed for students who have already mastered a proficiency in writing fiction, plays or poetry.  This course is an on-going writer’s workshop in a professional setting.  Students are responsible for providing copies of their work to be read in class.  Students are also required to contribute to the annual Arts High literary publication and to submit a portfolio of their work on the last day of the course.

THIS COURSE CAN BE TAKEN FOR COLLEGE CREDIT.  PLEASE NOTE: ONLY STUDENTS WHO HAVE  PREVIOUSLY, SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE ARTS HIGH POETRY COURSE WILL BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE COLLEGE CREDIT FOR CREATIVE WRITING

Film Making (9th-12th Grade)

This course is designed as a building block to develop a student’s career in film making.  Whether a student is new to film making or comes with previous experience, these classes will help them develop their skills.  Each session includes hands-on projects that will address pre-production, directing with the camera, screenwriting essentials, camera operations, lighting with available light, and introduction to editing.

Jazz Improv (9th-12th Grade)

This course is open to auditioned students who play winds, strings, percussion and keyboard.  Players develop their inner senses to create improvisational music.  Attention will be spent on developing of performance on one’s instrument without written music.  Listening assignments and a final exam will also be included.

Modern Dance (9th-12th Grade)

This course provides development in Modern Dance through theory and practical application.  It emphasizes the practice of composition skills, clarity of movement, initiation, body articulation, and dynamics of performance and focuses on the development of small group work and solos, including form and structure.  Written reports must be submitted.

THIS COURSE CAN BE TAKEN FOR COLLEGE CREDIT

Photography, The Art Of (9th-12th Grade)

This hands-on course will help students find and develop their personal vision, as they become more sophisticated fine arts photographers.  Hands on technical skills in portraiture, lighting, still life, etc.  Discussions on the world of fine-art photography, galleries and gallery presentation.  Weekly assignments and open critiques.

Poetry (9th-12th Grade)

This course will place special emphasis on the creation and performance of student poems.  The poetic devices of metaphor, imagery and sound will be explored.  Students are required to contribute to the annual Arts High literary publication.

THIS COURSE CAN BE TAKEN FOR COLLEGE CREDIT.  PLEASE NOTE: THIS COURSE IS A PRE-REQUISITE FOR RECEIVING COLLEGE CREDIT FOR CREATIVE WRITING

Visual Arts I (9th-12th Grade)

This course will focus on student painting and includes drawing, use of color, study of composition and form.  Specific historical movements of 20th century art will be reviewed through art books and slides as reference points for the student’s own work.

THIS COURSE CAN BE TAKEN FOR COLLEGE CREDIT

Visual Arts II & III (10th-12th Grade)

Visual Arts II & III build upon the skills established in Visual Arts I.  Students who successfully completed Visual Arts I may return in subsequent years for Visual Arts II and Visual Arts III.  Objective and imaginative form in painting will be explored incorporating individual interpretation on guided projects.

THESE COURSES CAN BE TAKEN FOR COLLEGE CREDIT

Visual Arts - 3-D  I & II (9th-12th Grade)

These courses offer an exploration of language and materials of traditional sculpture.  Development of skill and understanding the basic elements of sculptural form through modeling, carving and casting. Examination of the works of sculptors through slides, films, books and field trips.

THESE COURSES CAN BE TAKEN FOR COLLEGE CREDIT

Vocal Music—Broadway (9th-12th Grade)

This class will focus on the little details of a well built performance.  Students will learn to improve vocal sound that best suits each song and how to create a world in which the song can come to life.

Vocal Music — Classical (9th-12th Grade)

Vocal performance will be improved through sight singing and theory, vocal pedagogy and stage deportment.  A wide range of classical vocal literature will be presented.