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The Arts

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Please remember that not all courses are offered at every OCSB high school. Consult your myBlueprint account for the courses offerings at your school.

In order to obtain an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), students are required to earn one credit in the Arts. (The Grade 9 Expressions of Indigenous Cultures course (NAC1O) may be used to meet the compulsory requirement in The Arts.) Students are required to earn one credit in The Arts or Technological Education.

Schools may offer special focus courses in the Arts. Every optional course that is offered in Dance, Dramatic Arts, Music and Visual Arts must be based on the expectations of a credit course that are set out in the provincial curriculum policy documents for the Arts. Students demonstrate achievement of the course expectations through learning activities, which relate to the focus of these courses.

CodeCourse NameGradeTypePrerequisite
ALC1OIntegrated Arts9OpenNone
ATC1ODance9OpenNone
ATC2ODance10OpenNone
ATC3ODance11OpenNone
ATC3MDance11University/CollegeGrade 9 or 10 Dance, Open
ATC4EDance12WorkplaceGrade 11 Dance, Open
ATC4MDance12University/CollegeGrade 11 Dance, University/College
ADA1ODrama9OpenNone
ADA2ODrama10OpenNone
ADA3ODrama11OpenNone
ADA3MDrama11University/CollegeGrade 9 or 10 Drama, Open
ADA4EDrama12WorkplaceGrade 11 Drama, Open
ADA4MDrama12University/CollegeGrade 11 Drama, University/College
ASM2OMedia Arts10OpenNone
ASM3OMedia Arts11OpenNone
ASM3MMedia Arts11University/CollegeGrade 10 Media Arts, Open
ASM4EMedia Arts12WorkplaceGrade 11 Media Arts, Open
ASM4MMedia Arts12University/CollegeGrade 11 Media Arts, University/College
AMU1OMusic9OpenNone
AMU2OMusic10OpenNone
AMU3OMusic11OpenNone
AMU3MMusic11University/CollegeGrade 9 or 10 Music, Open
AMU4EMusic12WorkplaceGrade 11 Music, Open
AMU4MMusic12University/CollegeGrade 11 Music, University/College
AVI1OVisual Arts9OpenNone
AVI2OVisual Arts10OpenNone
AVI3OVisual Arts11OpenNone
AVI3MVisual Arts11University/CollegeGrade 9 or 10 Visual Arts, Open
AVI4EVisual Arts12WorkplaceGrade 11 Visual Arts, Open
AVI4MVisual Arts12University/CollegeGrade 11 Visual Arts, University/College

Course descriptions

 

ALC1O – Integrated Arts

1 credit, Open, Prerequisite: None

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 artworks created individually or collaboratively. Students will 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.

 

ATC1O – Dance

1 credit, Open, Prerequisite: None

This course gives students the opportunity to explore their technical and compositional skills by applying the elements of dance and the tools of composition in a variety of performance situations. Students will generate movement through structured and unstructured improvisation, demonstrate an understanding of safe practices with regard to themselves and others in the dance environment and identify the function and significance of dance within the global community.

 

ATC2O – Dance

1 credit, Open, Prerequisite: None

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 personal 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.

 

ATC3O – Dance

1 credit, Open, Prerequisite: None

This course emphasizes the development of students’ movement vocabulary relating to global dance genres and of their understanding of the elements of dance and the tools of composition in a variety of performance situations. Students will research and explain how physical, intellectual and artistic skills developed in dance can be applied in a wide range of careers. They will apply technologies and techniques throughout the process of creation and presentation and reflect on how studies in the dance arts affect personal identity.

 

ATC3M – Dance

1 credit, University/College, Prerequisite: Dance, Grade 9 or 10, Open

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 practices related to the dance environment; and reflect on how the study of dance affects personal and artistic development.

 

ATC4E – Dance

1 credit, Workplace, Prerequisite: Dance, Grade 11, Open

This course enables students to develop performance and interpersonal skills through the study of dance. Students will apply the elements of dance and the tools of composition to develop a physical vocabulary that can be used to create and communicate through dance. Students will research and explain how physical, intellectual and artistic skills developed in the dance arts are transferable to a wide range of careers and workplace environments. They will develop an understanding of practices associated with healthy living, the benefits of self-discipline and the importance of continuing engagement in the arts.

 

ATC4M – Dance

1 credit, University/College, Prerequisite: Dance, Grade 11, University/College Preparation

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 explain the social, cultural and historical contexts 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.

 

ADA1O – Drama

1 credit, Open, May also be offered with a focus on Production (ADD1O), Prerequisite: None

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.

 

ADA2O – Drama

1 credit, Open, May also be offered with a focus on Music Theatre (ADB2O), or Production (ADD2O), Prerequisite: None

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.

 

ADA3O – Drama

1 credit, Open, May also be offered with a focus on Music Theatre (ADB3O), or Production (ADD3O), Prerequisite: None

This course requires students to engage in dramatic processes and the presentation of dramatic works, and emphasizes the application of drama skills in other contexts and opportunities. Students will interpret and present works in a variety of dramatic forms, create and script original works and critically analyze the processes involved in producing dramatic works. Students will develop a variety of skills related to collaboration and the presentation of dramatic works.

 

ADA3M – Drama

1 credit, University/College, May also be offered with a focus on Music Theatre (ADB3M), or Production (ADD3M), or Film and Video (ADV3M), Prerequisite: Drama, Grade 9 or 10, Open

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.

 

ADA4E – Drama

1 credit, Workplace, Prerequisite: Drama, Grade 11, Open

This course requires students to create and present a variety of dramatic works relevant to the workplace. Students will develop character both through hands-on experience and project-based learning to build trust and collaborative skills and develop self-confidence. Students will also explore skills related to the study of drama that can be applied in the workplace.

 

ADA4M – Drama

1 credit, University/College, May also be offered with a focus on Music Theatre (ADB4M), or Production (ADD4M), or Film and Video (ADV4M), Prerequisite: Drama, Grade 11, University/College Preparation

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.

 

ASM2O  – Media Arts

1 credit, Open, Prerequisite: None

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 artworks.

 

ASM3O – Media Arts

1 credit, Open, Prerequisite: None

This course enables students to create media art works using available and emerging technologies such as computer animation, digital imaging, 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 ar works.

 

ASM3M  – Media Arts

1 credit, University/College, Prerequisite: Media Arts, Grade 10, Open, or any Grade 9 or 10 arts course

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.

ASM4E – Media Arts

1 credit, Workplace, Prerequisite: Media Arts, Grade 11, Open

This course focuses on a practical approach to a variety of media arts challenges specific to the interests of the student and provides students with opportunities to examine media arts in relationship to the world of work. Students will develop works that express their views on contemporary issues and will create portfolios suitable for use in postsecondary work experiences. Students will critically analyze the role of media artists in shaping audience perceptions of identity, culture and community values, particularly within the context of the workplace.

 

ASM4M – Media Arts

1 credit, University/College, Prerequisite: Media Arts, Grade 11, University/College Preparation

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 works that express their views on contemporary issues and will create portfolios suitable for use in either career or postsecondary education applications. Students will critically analyze the role of media artists in shaping audience perceptions of identity, culture and community values.

 

AMU1O – Music

1 credit, Open, Prerequisite: None, however, this course is strongly recommended to students intending to pursue studies in Music Grades 10-12

May also be offered with a focus on Guitar (AMG1O), Stage Band (AMH1O), Repertoire (AMR1O), Vocal/Choral (AMV1O)
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 life.

 

AMU2O – Music

1 credit, Open, Prerequisite: None, however, AMU1O is recommended

May also be offered with a focus on Guitar (AMG2O), Stage Band (AMH2O), Repertoire (AMR2O), Vocal/Choral (AMV2O)
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.

 

AMU3O – Music

1 credit, Open, Prerequisite: None, however, AMU2O is recommended

May also be offered with a focus on Guitar (AMG3O), Stage Band (AMH3O), Repertoire (AMR3O), Vocal/Choral (AMV3O)
This course develops students’ musical literacy through performance and the preparation and presentation of music productions. Students will perform works at a level consistent with previous experience. Independently and collaboratively, students will use current technology and the creative and critical analysis processes to plan, produce, present and market musical productions. Students will respond to, reflect on and analyze music from various genres and periods and they will develop skills transferable to other aspects of their life and their careers.

 

AMU3M – Music

1 credit, University/College, Prerequisite: Music, Grade 9 or 10, Open

May also be offered with a focus on Guitar (AMG3M), Stage Band (AMH3M), Repertoire (AMR3M), Vocal/Choral (AMV3M)
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 analysing 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 life and careers.

 

AMU4E – Music

1 credit, Workplace, Prerequisite: Music, Grade 11, Open

This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the music workplace. Students will, at a level consistent with previous experience, perform appropriate musical works. Independently and collaboratively, students will use current technology and the creative and critical analysis processes to plan, produce and market music presentations that reflect a broad spectrum of workplace contexts. In addition, students will explore ethical and safe practices related to music.

 

AMU4M – Music

1 credit, University/College, Prerequisite: Music, Grade 11, University/College Preparation
May also be offered with a focus on Guitar (AMG4M), Stage Band (AMH4M), Repertoire (AMR4M), Vocal/Choral (AMV4M)

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 life and careers.

 

AVI1O – Visual Arts

1 credit, Open, Prerequisite: None

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.

 

AVI2O – Visual Arts

1 credit, Open, Prerequisite: None, however, AVI1O is recommended

May also be offered with a focus on Crafts (AWA2O), Ceramics (AWC2O), Photography (AWQ2O)
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.

 

AVI3O – Visual Arts

1 credit, Open, Prerequisite: None, however, AVI2O is recommended

May also be offered with a focus on Crafts (AWA3O), Interior Design (AWH3O), Printmaking/Sculpture (AWO3O), Photography (AWQ3O)
This course focuses on studio activities in the visual arts, such as drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, collage and/or multimedia art. Students will use the creative process to create artworks that reflect a wide range of subjects and will evaluate works using the critical analysis process. Students will also explore works of art within a personal, contemporary, historical, and cultural context.

 

AVI3M – Visual Arts

1 credit, University/College, Prerequisite: Visual Arts, Grade 9 or 10, Open
May also be offered with a focus on Photography (AWQ3M)

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 include 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 artform (e.g. photography, video, computer graphics, information design).

 

AVI4E  – Visual Arts

1 credit, Workplace, Prerequisite: Visual Arts, Grade 11, Open

This course focuses on a practical approach to a variety of art and design projects related to the workplace. Students will use the creative process to produce a traditional and/or digital portfolio of their work in a variety of media. Students may focus on various aspects of visual arts, including advertising, ceramics, fashion design, graphic arts, jewellery design and/or web design.

 

AVI4M – Visual Arts

1 credit, University/College, Prerequisite: Visual Arts, Grade 11, University/College Preparation
May also be offered with a focus on Crafts (AWH4M), Photography (AWQ4M)

This course focuses on enabling students to refine their use of the creative process when creating and presenting two- and three-dimensional art works using a variety of traditional and emerging media and technologies. Students will 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 techniques that can be applied in their own art production. Students will also make connections between various works of art in personal, contemporary, historical and cultural contexts.