School of Visual Arts
Visual Arts Programs
The curriculum in the School of Visual Arts consists of drawing, painting, computer graphics, animation, and film and television. The course sequence introduces our students to the elements and principles of art and design to prepare them for post-secondary training in the arts at the very best colleges, universities, and schools of art. We work to enhance students’ self-confidence and artistic consciousness. Students are exposed to traditional and contemporary styles and techniques from a diversity of cultures to broaden their horizons, so they become good citizens of the art world and of humankind.
Media Arts Program
The Media Arts Program offers pre-professional arts training for students in grades 9-12 through the lens of design and problem solving. Pairing new and emerging technologies with design thinking and iterative methodology, students sample a variety of commercially focused arts practices such as Entertainment, Game, Animation, Narrative, Interactive Media, and UI and UX Design to rethink and reimagine our world. Media Arts students enjoy a rigorous and thoroughly challenging curriculum equivalent to competitive colleges and universities, and they use the skills learned throughout their time in the conservatory to solve problems, push boundaries, and overcome challenges in an ever-evolving industry.
Film and Television Program
The Film & Television Program offers students in grades 9 through 12 comprehensive training in film and television production, editing, screenwriting, sound design, cinematography, directing, and producing. Through a rigorous, hands-on curriculum, faculty members challenge and mentor students to be their best selves, both artistically and individually. Students are encouraged to use their work to demonstrate visual invention and curiosity, collaboration and individual expression, solid technical craftsmanship, and captivating storytelling that creates a thoughtful exploration of the human condition. The Film & Television Program is both a pre-collegiate cinematic arts school and an industry prep program, helping students discover their own cinematic voices through practical training with industry equipment, software, and protocols.
Visual Arts Program
The Visual Arts Program offers students in grades 6 - 12 the opportunity to learn fine art studio techniques, as well as improve upon existing artistic skills. Students explore both traditional art making methods and innovative, cutting edge art practices. Visual Arts students follow a fixed schedule of core requirement classes during grades 6, 7, 8, and 9. Students then have the opportunity to choose college level elective classes during grades 10, 11, and 12. The result is that Visual Arts students build a college-level art portfolio that reflects talent, skill, and professionalism, along with a personal narrative body of work. This program is designed for students who love to make art of any kind, including drawing, painting, photography, and graphic design, as well as computer design and computer illustration or animation.