SCHOOL OF PERFORMING AND DESIGN ARTS

Digital Communication Technology Pathway

Pathway Overview

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The Digital Communication Technology (DCT) program of study is a four (4) course instructional program of study that engages students to apply the skills and tools of digital designers through coursework that focuses on the creative and technical skills as used in graphic design; pixel-based imagery manipulation; basics of HTML coding; digital video production; vector image manipulation; digital illustration; and digital publishing. Students utilize strategies to solve open-ended problems while they learn how to apply technical skills, creative skills, industry knowledge, documentation techniques, and processes using modern, industry-leading technology and software. Client based learning experiences and industry mentored projects will introduce students to a wide array of related careers in public relations, marketing, web and digital communications and printing.

Pathway Courses

FOUNDATIONS OF DIGITAL DESIGN

11002

1 Credit

In this course, students are introduced to the foundational principles, techniques, and skills of visual communications. Students will learn the elements and principles of design, color theory, typography, and image manipulation techniques along with the communication skills required to work within the media industry and client-based realm.

PROCESSES OF DIGITAL PRODUCTION

11990

1 Credit

In this course, students are taught the basics of raster image manipulation, editing, software application, publishing, digital media literacy, HTML coding, web development tools, and delivery of digital products.

APPLICATIONS OF DIGITAL DESIGN

111530

1 Credit

In this course, students are taught the basics of digital video production, video editing, and broadcasting of digital videos, vector image manipulation, editing, illustration, publishing, and delivery of digital products. While working in this course, students will be developing client-based design work through district and community partnerships to prepare an entry-level professional portfolio.

 

DIGITAL COMMUNICATION CAPSTONE

11998

1 Credit

This Capstone course engages students in the process of producing digital media and design work for school and community-based partners. Students will employ appropriate Adobe Suite software and design skills to achieve the desired outcome for each client. The production of media and design components from all courses will be showcased for clients and partners through the completion of a cumulative Professional Capstone portfolio.

 

Music Pathway

Pathway Overview

The Music Pathway is a comprehensive course of study which prepares students with the skills necessary to be successful when advancing to study music at the collegiate level. Throughout their course of study, students will learn advanced skills specific to their instrument or voice by participating in our award-winning performance ensembles which include: Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Philharmonic Orchestra, Advanced Choir, Treble Choir, and Percussion Ensemble. Students in these ensembles will have opportunities to apply the skills honed in these courses by participating in various extensions of the traditional classroom. This includes working with university professors, clinicians and professionals in the field of music, as well as competing in festivals and competitions at the state and national level. Along with their ensemble classes, music Pathway students will participate in other music courses to enhance their level of musicianship. These courses include Piano, Guitar, Music Appreciation, Music Theory, Musical Theatre and Music Technology which range from Introductory Level to Advanced Placement to Dual Enrollment courses. Additionally, students may participate in extra-curricular activities such as All-State Music Ensembles, Indoor Percussion, Color Guard, and Musical Theatre Productions.

Pathway Courses

ADVANCED CHORUS

PA9527

1 Credit

Entrance into Advanced Chorus is gained through successful participation in General Chorus and hearings throughout the year. A variety of 4 or more parts of vocal music will be performed from all genres. Training will center on healthy vocal production and sight singing. The ability to match pitch is required. Students should expect to have a private hearing with the instructor outside of the school day. Several out-of-school performances will be required during the year.

AP MUSIC THEORY

PA9519

1 Credit

This class features fast-paced, detailed instruction in the fundamentals of theory, sight-singing, and ear training. It is meant to take the place of a freshman-level college music theory course. Topics include harmonic analysis, composition, solfege, sight-singing in Major and minor keys, melodic and harmonic dictation, and study of the standard western classical repertoire. Students must read musical notation fluently to register.
 

CONCERT BAND

05102

1 Credit

(All incoming 9th-grade students wishing to take band should sign up for this course)

Concert band emphasizes the coordination of brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments into a large ensemble for public performance. In addition to the band class scheduled during the day, students are expected to attend after-school rehearsals and performances as part of their grade requirements. Concert band members are eligible for participation in Delaware Music Education Association (DMEA) events.
 

INTRODUCTION TO GUITAR (AHS/OHS ONLY)

PA9104

1 Credit

This course is for beginners who want to learn the basics of playing the guitar and reading guitar music. Topics include learning chords, melody guitar, power chords, scales/arpeggios, and reading tablature. No experience needed. Students must provide their own guitars.

MARCHING BAND

PA9535

1 Credit

Marching Band is a performance-based ensemble that performs at football games and band competitions. Students will be required to attend summer rehearsals and band camp, as well as after-school, evening, and weekend rehearsals and performances. 

*Prerequisite: Previous experience in 7th Grade, 8th Grade, or HS Band.
 

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY (MHS/OHS ONLY)

PA9545

1 Credit

Students will learn to create music using the computer. This course allows both traditional and non-traditional music students (i.e. those not in a performance ensemble) to pursue music in a 21st Century setting. Students will identify/classify theoretical elements and structural elements of music as it applies to composition.

MUSIC THEORY I

PA9518

1 Credit

Music Theory will introduce students to the fundamentals of reading, writing, composing, performing, and understanding music. Other genres of music such as jazz, movie scores, pop, and rock may also be explored. Music technology may be used to aid in composition.

MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE/THEATRE DANCE

PA9510

1 Credit

The three main components of musical theatre are singing, acting, and dancing. This course serves as a study of each of these components. Students will be expected to perform individually as well as in groups and must demonstrate a willingness to take direction, take risks, and step out of their comfort zone. The ability to sing on pitch, a strong sense of rhythm, a high level of physical endurance, and daily participation in the rehearsal process is required. Students will perform solos, duets, and ensemble pieces; analyze, memorize and perform scenes; build a repertoire of dance movements from a variety of styles; and apply movements toward the creation of an original piece of choreography. They are required to participate in at least one public performance.

PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE (MHS/OHS ONLY)

PA9514

A performance-based class. Students must have a good understanding of musical notation. They will learn performance techniques for most percussion instruments and develop an understanding of basic music theory concepts. Students are required to perform in concerts and events outside of the regular school day.

PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

PA9536

1 Credit

A performance-based class wherein the students study a wide variety of musical styles and develop advanced technical proficiency on their instruments: violin, viola, cello or double bass. In addition, students will develop ear training and musicality to supplement their playing in the ensemble. They perform in a variety of ensemble situations and some external activities, such as concerts, may be required.

 

PIANO KEYBOARDING I

PA9524

1 Credit

Students will learn how to play the piano. The major focus in this course includes, but is not limited to, correct piano technique, music theory, scales & short compositions. No prior experience is necessary.

PIANO KEYBOARDING II

PA9528

1 Credit

Description coming soon!

STAGECRAFT I

PA9560

1 Credit

Students enrolled in this course will be introduced to all major aspects of theatrical production. Units of study may include: introduction. to the theatre, costume design, set design, stage management, front of the house, and scenic painting. Students will be expected to help set up school events and maintain the theatre–this is a hands-on course. They must participate in at least one public performance and will be required to participate in the technical side of a public performance which will require several hours after the school day. It is strongly encouraged that students attend professional performances throughout the school year

 

STAGECRAFT II

PA9561

1 Credit

Students enrolled in this course will continue their study of all major aspects of theatrical production. Units of study may include costume design, scenic design, scenic painting, set design, stage management, lighting design, front-of-house management, etc. Students will be required to participate in the technical crew of one of the major school productions.

 

STAGECRAFT III - PA9562

 

STAGECRAFT IV

PA9563

1 Credit

Description coming soon!

WIND ENSEMBLE (MHS/OHS ONLY) - PA9515

1 Credit

An advanced level of instrumental repertoire is rehearsed and performed. In addition to the wind ensemble class scheduled during the day, students are expected to attend after-school rehearsals and performances as part of their grade requirements. Wind ensemble members are eligible for participation in Delaware Music Education Association (DMEA) events. By Approval Only: Acceptance into this course is conditional upon the outcome of an audition with the band director.

WU MUSIC APPRECIATION

MUS 101

PA9600

1 Credit + 3 College Credits

This course increases the student’s comprehension and perception of music. Each developmental period will be discussed (i.e. Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, etc.) in terms of the historical background, social influences, characteristics, styles, composers, representative compositions, and performance media.

 

Theatre Arts Pathway

Pathway Overview

The Theatre Arts Pathway provides the opportunity to grow from a basic understanding of theatrical performance and production to the creation of theatrical works through analysis, synthesis, and observation. Students in acting classes will participate in dramatic activities and exercises aimed at teaching young actors how the body and voice play a role in the creation of a character. Through this study, students delve into script analysis as a means to understand and convey the playwright’s intentions. Students will study and perform scenes and monologues from classic and contemporary plays. Technical Theatre students will focus on theatrical design and construction.

Time requirements beyond the daily class period in the form of additional performance, workshop or technical lab time may be required and varies by class and level. For example, all students may be required to participate in a public performance for each theatre course in which they enroll.

 

Students in Theatre courses should speak with the instructor for further details about dates, times, and course requirements.

 

Students wishing to further their theatrical experience, have the opportunity to audition for an extracurricular Fall play or Spring musical production, or participate as a member of the Stage Crew. Extracurricular productions are open to all students and participation in a Theatre Course does not ensure that students will be cast in the extracurricular production.

Pathway Courses

STAGECRAFT I

PA9560

1 Credit

Students enrolled in this course will be introduced to all major aspects of theatrical production. Units of study may include: introduction. to the theatre, costume design, set design, stage management, front of house and scenic painting. Students will be expected to help set-up school events and maintain the theatre–this is a hands-on course. They must participate in at least one public performance and will be required to participate in the technical side of a public performance which will require several hours after the school day. It is strongly encouraged that students attend professional performances throughout the school year.

STAGECRAFT II

PA9561

1 Credit

 

Students enrolled in this course will continue their study of all major aspects of theatrical production. Units of study may include costume design, scenic design, scenic painting, set design, stage management, lighting design, front-of-house management, etc. Students will be required to participate in the technical crew of one of the major school productions.

STAGECRAFT III

PA9562

1 Credit

Description Coming Soon!

STAGECRAFT IV

PA9563

1 Credit

Description Coming Soon!

 

Visual Arts Pathway

Pathway Overview

The Visual Arts Pathway is designed to help students focus on the necessary skills needed to create art for aesthetic and commercial purposes. This program not only exposes students to the development of beautiful artwork, but also fosters a lifelong appreciation for visual artistry. Advanced students curate their own art show, including not only creating works of art, but also taking leadership roles to plan the logistics of the show, raise funds, and engage the larger community in appreciating student created work.

Pathway Courses

AP STUDIO ART

VA9559

1 Credit

This rigorous course provides serious art students with the challenge of creating a body of artwork that demonstrates: 1) quality through mastery of drawing or design, 2) concentration through an in-depth exploration of a particular design concern, and 3) breadth through a variety of media and techniques. Students must submit a 24-piece portfolio to the College Board for consideration in receiving advanced placement and/or credits at the college level. $10 materials fee.

CERAMICS AND SCULPTURE I

VA9200

1 Credit

This course develops the three dimensional art techniques through hand building with clay and papier Mache. Study includes three dimensional composition and glazing techniques. Emphasis will be placed on creating artwork that fits contextually with pottery created in various cultures and time periods. $10 materials fee

CERAMICS AND SCULPTURE II

VA9201

1 Credit

This course further develops the 3-dimensional art techniques through wheel-thrown pottery, plaster sculpture, and mixed media. Topics of study include artist research, critique methods, and artist symbolism. Emphasis will be placed on creating a personal style. $10 materials fee

DRAWING AND PAINTING I 

VA9300

1 Credit

This course develops the two-dimensional art techniques of drawing and painting through the direct observation of still-life objects. Broad topics include color theory, critique methods, linear perspective, calligraphy, and artist research. Emphasis will be placed on exploring various media and techniques. $10 materials fee

DRAWING AND PAINTING II

VA9301

1 Credit

This course further develops the 2-dimensional art techniques of drawing and painting through the subjects of the figure and self-portraits. Broad topics include acrylic painting, printmaking, art criticism, and art careers. Emphasis will be placed on creating a personal style and referencing artists in creating a body of artwork that can be utilized in AP Studio Art. $10 materials fee.

FOUNDATIONS OF ART

VA9100

1 Credit

This course is the fundamental art studio class. It emphasizes the elements of art and principles of design through experimentation with two and three-dimensional art experiences. Topics include art vocabulary, critique methods, and artist research. Emphasis will be placed on introducing students to various art media that leads to a Pathway of Drawing and Painting, Sculpture and Ceramics, or a combination of art courses. $10 materials fee

 

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