Art History will provide an in depth study of art history and basic art concepts. Students will examine a variety of aspects of art history including themes and purposes of art; styles of art; the elements of art; design principles; two-dimensional media; western and non-western art history. Students will be given exposure to the community through museums, galleries and local artists. Students will also have a working knowledge of media.

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Students investigate the history of theatre and the intricacies of the performing arts. Students study the following: techniques of preparing to act, characterization, and acting exercises. Student discover how to choose a play and preparing to direct a play from the first steps of reading and choosing all the way through advertising for cast members. They will select cast members, as well as direct them and the stage crew through the act of performance. Students also study the difference between stage acting, TV, and film acting. They also learn the different methods for directing and producing. Each lesson is accompanied by activities that reflect the content and the lesson.

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This course is designed to introduce the student to various types of dance, such as Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Ballroom, and African Dance. Furthermore, students will be able to learn about the pioneers of dance and how they have shaped the world of dance in various ways. Students will be introduced to the lives of famous dancers such as Ballanchine, Maria Tallchief, Martha Graham, Katherine Dunham, Josephine Baker, Alvin Ailey, and Gregory Hines.

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The purpose of this course is to enable students to communicate ideas and concepts through advanced two-dimensional design and composition, and develop appreciation of exemplars in varied cultures and historical periods. The content should include, but not be limited to, the following: use of tools and materials, art vocabulary, varied two-dimensional media, technology, processes, and techniques, elements of art and principles of design, critical thinking and analysis, historical and cultural perspectives, connections between visual arts and other subject areas, personal and social benefits, collaborative skills, career opportunities.

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This course is an introduction to the basic principles, procedures, and techniques of television production. The course includes video control, special effects, operation of cameras and editing machines, composition, lighting, staging, and directing, on-camera announcing and interviewing.

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