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ART 10 (Academic)

The first year high school art program is considered an introductory course and will concentrate on developing basic art skills through a critical thinking, problem-solving approach. Students will have to be able to demonstrate solutions to problems set by showing an understanding of the basic principles of drawing and design, use of color, painting, printmaking, mixed media and art history.

Careers in art will be a regular part of this course as an introduction to the work that is available in this field. This course satisfies the fine arts compulsory credit for graduation

ART 10 (for Potential IB Visual Arts Students)

This program is designed to introduce the student to the International Baccalaureate series of courses. Projects are presented as rubrics which are critiqued visually and verbally. It is advised that each student keep a hard cover sketchbook, which will serve as a journal of ideas, thoughts, sketches, etc. This book will be continued throughout the entire IB experience and become an integral part of the final marking process.

ART 11 IB & ART 12 IB (Advanced)

This program is designed as a two-year initiative beginning at the grade 11 level. This is a higher level program requiring more time, dedication and effort on the part of the student. Unless the student is prepared to approach this program with a high level of maturity he/she will not do well to enter this level of study. It is basically designed to generate a high degree of awareness in all facets of the production and research process in the visual arts. Entrance requirement for this program will be with instructor approval. Students will be encouraged to move into areas of personal and independent exploration.

ART 11 (Academic)

PREREQUISITE: Art 10 or Equivalent portfolio

The second year art program will be used as an expansion on the fundamental ideas established in ART10. Students will work through open ended problem solving assignments that will focus on the production of art and research in art history. Students will be responsible for presentation of assignments in a critique atmosphere. The program will be more process oriented, focusing on technique development. Assessment will be rubric based.

ART 12 (Academic)

PREREQUISITE: Art 11 or Equivalent portfolio

The intention of this course is to create critical awareness of abilities and to expand those abilities in the fine arts through a program including drawing, color and three dimensional works with research in art history. Independent thinking and production will be stressed as will an ability to communicate process and product at regular critiques. Work will be done on an individual contract basis. Assessment will be rubric based. For those students intending to do post-secondary study in fine art, the production of a strong portfolio will be stressed.




Dance 11 (Academic) DAN 11

Dance 11 is designed for all students, with or without previous formal dance training, and builds on student’s experiences in dance throughout the physical education curriculum, grade primary to nine. It emphasizes creative movement as a form of communication and self-expression, as a unique way of learning about oneself and others. In this course students explore a range of dance styles, create and present dance sequences, respond critically to their own dance works and those of others, and make connections with dance in local and global contexts, both past and present. Students also have opportunities to examine the connections between dance and other art disciplines. The course comprises four components: elements of movement, creation and composition, presentation and performance, and dance and society.  Evaluation is based on continual assessment so regular attendance is essential.

This course will satisfy the fine arts OR physical education provincial graduation requirement.




DRAMA 10 - DRA10 (Academic)

Drama 10 is a course in creative dramatics. Students will discover the art of the theatre through movement, games and improvisation.


This drama course is destined to strengthen the linguistic ability of students studying French, as well as to broaden their appreciation for the various French cultures world-wide. Utilizing speech, movement and production, L’Art Dramatique develops greater student understanding for the nuances of French language and culture.

DRAMA 11 - DRA11 (Academic)

(Recommended Drama 10)

Developing from Drama 10, Drama 11 teaches the creation of original script and the techniques of play production.


DRAMA 12 - DRA12 (Academic)

(Recommended Drama 10)

Developing from Drama 10, Drama 11 teaches the creation of original script and the techniques of play production.

The Drama 12 course will allow students who have some background in Drama and who may be interested in theatre-related careers to develop skills in acting, writing, directing and stagecraft. The emphasis of the course will be on the preparation for performance and for the presentation itself. Students will create texts with the use of improvisation, the collective process and an awareness of the needs of specific audiences. The elements of theatre production and the skills required for presentation will be refined throughout the semester. Students will be required to complete preparation outside of class hours to prepare performances and to complete projects. The end goal is a performance piece for an audience.




Music 10,11,12 Instrumental (Band)

( Pre-requisite is Band 9, 10, & 11 accordingly)

In this course, students explore band instruments in a variety of school ensembles including concert band, jazz band, and jam bands. Students perform a diverse collection of musical works for a wide range of school and community settings. Band students read, write, arrange, improvise, and perform music using mixture of notational systems which include standard notation. Students also have the opportunity to extend their musical interests through audio recording processes in the school recording studio. The prerequisite is junior high band experience.

Music 10,11,12 Vocal (Choir)

In a similar fashion to Music Instrumental, Music Vocal studies vocal music across the ages through ensemble performance in a choral setting. In the school choir, students have the opportunity to read, write, improvise, and perform a diverse collection of musical works in a variety of school and community contexts. Students also have the opportunity to extend their musical interests through audio recording processes in the school recording studio.


MUSIC 12 IB – INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC – MU INSB 12IB (Advanced)Recommended – MU INSB 11IB

These are advanced courses which follow the International Baccalaureate curriculum. They includes the study of music theory, history, and performance in global contexts and in solo and group settings at an advanced level. Music 11IB & Music 12 IB are excellent preparations for post-secondary studies in music. Students must be able to read standard notation at an advanced level to take this course, complete a music course at Sydney Academy, and have the permission of Ms. Lorway.  Students are encouraged to develop as independent learners in Music 11IB & Music 12 IB, and will complete a portfolio of recorded live musical performances and a musical investigation by the end of Grade 12.

Music 10,11,12 (Academic)

This is a course for beginners although students with prior musical training may also be included in the class. Students will be introduced to the rudiments of basic guitar and keyboard theory through a variety of notational systems, as well as basics in improvisation and aural perception across a wide range of musical cultures. Students are encouraged to enhance their learning through small group and individual music making which may extend to school and community settings. Students are encouraged to extend their learning through the use of technology to develop authentic projects.

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