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The Arts

  • This curriculum was issued in 2010.
  • In Grade 9, students have the opportunity to explore various First Nations, Métis, and Inuit art forms in a course (NAC1O) that may be used to fulfil the compulsory credit requirement in the arts.

Dance

Grade Course Name Course Type Course Code Prerequisite
9 Dance Open ATC1O None
10 Dance Open ATC2O None
11 Dance University/College ATC3M Grade 9 or 10 Dance, Open
11 Dance Open ATC3O None
12 Dance University/College ATC4M Grade 11 Dance, University/College
12 Dance Workplace ATC4E Grade 11 Dance, Open

 

Drama

Grade Course Name Course Type Course Code Prerequisite
9 Drama Open ADA1O None
10 Drama Open ADA2O None
11 Drama University/College ADA3M Grade 9 or 10 Drama, Open
11 Drama Open ADA3O None
12 Drama University/College ADA4M Grade 11 Drama, University/College
12 Drama Workplace ADA4E Grade 11 Drama, Open

 

Integrated Arts and Exploring and Creating in the Arts

Grade Course Name Course Type Course Code Prerequisite
9 or 10 Integrated Arts Open ALC1O/2O None
11 or 12 Exploring and Creating in the Arts Open AEA3O/4O Any Grade 9 or 10 arts course

Media Arts

Grade Course Name Course Type Course Code Prerequisite
10 Media Arts Open ASM2O None
11 Media Arts University/College ASM3M Grade 10 Media Arts, Open
11 Media Arts Open ASM3O None
12 Media Arts University/College ASM4M Grade 11 Media Arts, University/College
12 Media Arts Workplace ASM4E Grade 11 Media Arts, Open

 

Music

Grade Course Name Course Type Course Code Prerequisite
9 Music Open AMU1O None
10 Music Open AMU2O None
11 Music University/College AMU3M Grade 9 or 10 Music, Open
11 Music Open AMU3O None
12 Music University/College AMU4M Grade 11 Music, University/College
12 Music Workplace AMU4E Grade 11 Music, Open

 

Visual Arts

Grade Course Name Course Type Course Code Prerequisite
9 Visual Arts Open AVI1O None
10 Visual Arts Open AVI2O None
11 Visual Arts University/College AVI3M Grade 9 or 10 Visual Arts, Open
11 Visual Arts Open AVI3O None
12 Visual Arts University/College AVI4M Grade 11 Visual Arts, University/College
12 Visual Arts Workplace AVI4E Grade 11 Visual Arts, Open

 

Courses that focus on a particular area of a subject should be assigned the appropriate code from the list of Common Course Codes, which can be found in Appendix A: Course Codes for Focus Courses in the Arts, Grades 9 to 12 (2010).

Prerequisite Charts for the Arts, Grades 9–12

These charts map out all the courses in the discipline and show the links between courses and the possible prerequisites for them. They do not attempt to depict all possible movements from course to course.

Chart illustrating the different pathways and prerequisite for the Arts courses for Dance, Drama, and Media Arts, for grades 9 to 12.
Chart illustrating the different pathways and prerequisite for the Arts courses for Music and Visual Arts, for grades 9 to 12.

Dance

  • Dance, Grade 9, Open (ATC1O)
    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.
    • Prerequisite: None
  • Dance, Grade 10, Open (ATC2O)
    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.
    • Prerequisite: None
  • Dance, Grade 11, University/College (ATC3M)
    This course emphasizes the development of students’ artistry, improvisational and compositional skills, and technical proficiency in dance genres from around the world. 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.
    • Prerequisite: Dance, Grade 9 or 10, Open
  • Dance, Grade 11, Open (ATC3O)
    This course emphasizes the development of students’ movement vocabulary relating to dance genres from around the world, 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 tools and techniques throughout the process of creation and presentation, and reflect on how studies in the dance arts affect personal identity.
    • Prerequisite: None
  • Dance, Grade 12, University/College (ATC4M)
    This course emphasizes the development of students’ technical proficiency, fluency in the language of movement in dance genres from around the world, and understanding of dance science. 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.
    • Prerequisite: Dance, Grade 11, University/College Preparation
  • Dance, Grade 12, Workplace (ATC4E)
    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.
    • Prerequisite: Dance, Grade 11, Open

Drama

  • Drama, Grade 9, Open (ADA1O)
    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 analyse drama, and then reflect on the experiences to develop an understanding of themselves, the art form, and the world around them.
    • Prerequisite: None
  • Drama, Grade 10, Open (ADA2O)
    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.
    • Prerequisite: None
  • Drama, Grade 11, University/College (ADA3M)
    This course requires students to create and perform in dramatic presentations. Students will analyse, 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 analyse the functions of playwrights, directors, actors, designers, technicians, and audiences.
    • Prerequisite: Drama, Grade 9 or 10, Open
  • Drama, Grade 11, Open (ADA3O)
    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 analyse the processes involved in producing drama works. Students will develop a variety of skills related to collaboration and the presentation of drama works.
    • Prerequisite: None
  • Drama, Grade 12, University/College (ADA4M)
    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 texts 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 analyse how the knowledge and skills developed in drama are related to their personal skills, social awareness, and goals beyond secondary school.
    • Prerequisite: Drama, Grade 11, University/College Preparation
  • Drama, Grade 12, Workplace (ADA4E)
    This course requires students to create, present, and analyse a variety of dramatic works relevant to the workplace. Students will build trust and collaborative skills and develop self-confidence through hands-on experience and project-based learning in drama activities. Students will also explore skills related to the study of drama that can be applied in the workplace.
    • Prerequisite: Drama, Grade 11, Open

Integrated Arts and Exploring and Creating in the Arts

  • Integrated Arts, Grade 9 or 10, Open (ALC1O/ALC2O)
    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 integrated art works 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.
    • Prerequisite: None
  • Exploring and Creating in the Arts, Grade 11 or 12, Open (AEA3O/AEA4O)
    This course offers students the opportunity to explore connections between dance, drama, media arts, music, and/or visual arts. Students will use the creative process individually and/ or collaboratively to produce integrated art works that draw on various disciplines, and they will critically analyse art works and determine how interpreting these works affects their own development. Students will develop responsible practices that are transferable beyond the classroom. They will explore solutions to integrated arts challenges and discover that art is everywhere, influencing and reflecting society.
    • Prerequisite: Any Grade 9 or 10 arts course

Media Arts

  • Media Arts, Grade 10, Open (ASM2O)
    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 art works.
    • Prerequisite: None
  • Media Arts, Grade 11, University/College (ASM3M)
    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 analyse the unique characteristics of this art form. Students will examine the role of media artists in shaping audience perceptions of identity, culture, and values.
    • Prerequisite: Media Arts, Grade 10, Open
  • Media Arts, Grade 11, Open (ASM3O)
    This course enables students to create media art works using available and emerging technologies such as computer animation, digital imaging, and 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 art works.
    • Prerequisite: None
  • Media Arts, Grade 12, University/College (ASM4M)
    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 analyse the role of media artists in shaping audience perceptions of identity, culture, and community values.
    • Prerequisite: Media Arts, Grade 11, University/College Preparation
  • Media Arts, Grade 12, Workplace (ASM4E)
    This course focuses on a practical approach to a variety of media arts challenges related to the interests of the student and provides students with opportunities to examine media arts in relation 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 analyse the role of media artists in shaping audience perceptions of identity, culture, and community values, particularly within the context of the workplace.
    • Prerequisite: Media Arts, Grade 11, Open

Music 

  • Music, Grade 9, Open (AMU1O)
    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.
    • Prerequisite: None
  • Music, Grade 10, Open (AMU2O)
    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.
    • Prerequisite: None
  • Music, Grade 11, University/College (AMU3M)
    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.
    • Prerequisite: Music, Grade 9 or 10, Open
  • Music, Grade 11, Open (AMU3O)
    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 analyse music from various genres and periods, and they will develop skills transferable to other aspects of their life and their careers.
    • Prerequisite: None
  • Music, Grade 12, University/College (AMU4M)
    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 analyse how to apply skills developed in music to their life and careers.
    • Prerequisite: Music, Grade 11, University/College Preparation
  • Music, Grade 12, Workplace (AMU4E)
    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.
    • Prerequisite: Music, Grade 11, Open

Visual Arts

  • Visual Arts, Grade 9, Open (AVI1O)
    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.
    • Prerequisite: None
  • Visual Arts, Grade 10, Open (AVI2O)
    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.
    • Prerequisite: None
  • Visual Arts, Grade 11, University/College (AVI3M)
    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 emerging 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 art form (e.g., photography, video, computer graphics, information design).
    • Prerequisite: Visual Arts, Grade 9 or 10, Open
  • Visual Arts, Grade 11, Open (AVI3O)
    This course focuses on studio activities in one or more of the visual arts, including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, collage, and/or multimedia art. Students will use the creative process to create art works 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.
    • Prerequisite: None
  • Visual Arts, Grade 12, University/College (AVI4M)
    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.
    • Prerequisite: Visual Arts, Grade 11, University/College Preparation
  • Visual Arts, Grade 12, Workplace (AVI4E)
    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.
    • Prerequisite: Visual Arts, Grade 11, Open