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Visual Art: Year 11, 11AT

DescriptionAssessmentPre-requisitesVoluntary contributionOptionalSpecialist equipmentLeads toQualification availableTo discuss contact
The Year 11 programme focuses on Drawing, Painting and Printmaking, and covers a wide range of mixed media approaches. You will begin by selecting a theme for your artworks, that is either ‘Truth’ or ‘Fantasy’. Subject matter from this selection will form the basis of your folio. You will build upon personal ideas and learn to develop and extend your creativity. You will also study and interpret the works of established New Zealand and International artists, who will in turn help inform your major portfolio submission. Students will be encouraged to develop their own emerging style. Each student’s folio will be shown at the Visual Art Senior Folio Exhibition at the end of the year. Note: You must choose between either Visual Art or CDP, you cannot take both subjects.A mixture of internal and external assessment.Year 10 Art or by negotiation with the Head of Department.Art media, paper & card $50; folio $6; canvas frame $8‘Take Home Art Pack’ $29.00Personal art materialsYear 12 Visual ArtNCEA Level 1Ms Labrum

Visual Art: Commercial Design and Print – Year 11, 11CDP

DescriptionAssessmentPre-requisitesVoluntary contributionOptionalSpecialist equipmentLeads toQualification availableTo discuss contact
This course has been developed for those students with a creative imagination that needs unleashing. You may already enjoy working graphically, using your own sketchbook, taking photos, or wish to develop skills in these areas. You may build upon the skills learnt in Junior Art, or you could be joining the Department for the first time. No previous experience is necessary. This course taps into the commercial approach of Visual Art. Digital art work will be created within the areas of Photography, Design, Print and Moving Image. You will gain skills using Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere Pro and photographic studio lighting, tablet drawing illustration and hand-drawn techniques as well as mixed media. You will complete two internals and one externally-assessed portfolio, which will be included in the annual Visual Art Folio Exhibition at the end of the year. Note: You must choose between either Visual Art or CDP, you cannot take both subjects.A mixture of Internal and External assessmentNilArt media paper & card $30; folio $6Art Pack $34.00Ideally an SLR camera with manual features, but some class cameras are availableYear 12 Visual Art (Design and Painting), Year 12 PhotographyNCEA Level 1Ms Labrum

Visual Art: Design – Year 12, 12DS

DescriptionAssessmentPre-requisitesVoluntary contributionSpecialist equipmentLeads toQualification availableTo discuss contact
This course focuses on developing your creative thinking and digital skills. It provides you with opportunities to use a Wacom Drawing Tablet, Adobe CC Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, in addition to traditional art making media. You will learn about typography, image generation, layout and how to manipulate images to communicate an idea. While you follow a structure programme, individual themes and responses are developed. Each student’s folio will be shown at the Visual Art Senior Folio Exhibition at the end of the year.A mixture of internal and external assessmentYear 11 Visual Art or Year 11 Commercial Design and Print. Achievement Standard 1.4 (folio) or by negotiation with the Head of Department.Art media paper & card $55; folio $6Personal art materials from stationery listYear 13 DesignQualification available: NCEA Level 2Ms Labrum

Visual Art: Design – Year 13, 13DS

DescriptionAssessmentPre-requisitesVoluntary contributionSpecialist equipmentLeads toQualification availableTo discuss contact
This course focuses on developing and extending graphic design skills. It provides you with opportunities to use a Wacom Drawing Tablet, Adobe CC: Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, in addition to traditional art making media of your choosing. You will select an individual theme and response for either book design, product promotion, campaign or event advertising. Established artists will be used to support and inspire your individual projects. You’ll develop skills in typography, image generation, layout and compositional techniques to communicate in graphic design or book illustration. Each student’s folio will be shown at the Visual Art Senior Folio Exhibition at the end of the year. Y13 Design students are eligible for course endorsement.A mixture of internal and external assessmentYear 12 Visual Art internal Achievement Standard or by negotiation with Head of Department.Art media, paper and card $40; folio $9Personal art materials; portable data storage device (4GB or more), A3 spiral bound art journalTertiary studyNCEA Level 3Ms Labrum

Visual Art: Painting – Year 12, 12PA

DescriptionAssessmentPre-requisitesVoluntary contributionSpecialist equipmentLeads toQualification availableTo discuss contact
This programme encourages the exploration of painting, drawing, mixed media. Students will select a theme and subject matter as a starting point for the development of creative thinking and artistic skills. You will learn to apply contemporary artist model techniques to your own work and you will learn how to recognise and select artists’ whose work suits your personal style. The programme is structured, but students are encouraged to develop their own individual style and outcomes. Each student’s folio will be shown at the Visual Art Senior Folio Exhibition at the end of the year.A mixture of internal and external assessmentYear 11 Visual Art or Year 11 Commercial Design and Print. Achievement Standard 1.4 (folio) or by negotiation with the Head of Department.Art media paper & card $55; folio $6Personal art materials from stationery listYear 13 PaintingNCEA Level 2Ms Labrum

Visual Art: Painting – Year 13, 13PA

DescriptionAssessmentPre-requisitesVoluntary contributionSpecialist equipmentQualification availableTo discuss contact
In Year 13 Painting you will complete Achievement Standards using a wide selection of media and covering a range of drawing and painting approaches. These will be informed by the study and interpretation of established national and international artists. You’ll extend your emerging style as you work through the programme, culminating in the portfolio, which will be included in the annual Visual Art Folio Exhibition at the end of the year. Y13 Painting students are eligible for course endorsement.A mixture of internal and external assessmentYear 12 Visual Art external Achievement Standard (portfolio) or by negotiation with the Head of DepartmentArt media, paper and card $55; folio $9A variety of personal materials, as appropriate to individual studentsLeads to: Tertiary study and/or the creative industriesNCEA Level 3Ms Labrum

Visual Art: Photography – Year 12, 12PH

DescriptionAssessmentPre-requisitesVoluntary contributionSpecialist equipmentLeads toQualification availableTo discuss contact
In Year 12 Photography you will learn how to express symbolic meanings within photographs, how to tell stories, as well as a documentary approach. You will learn about the technical foundations of digital photography, creative thinking and applying research skills. You will explore studio-based and location-based photography, which are designed to extend your inventiveness, creativity and ability to produce high quality artistic images, using Photoshop and InDesign. This is a creative subject and you do not need to have had any experience previously in Visual Art. The externally assessed folio will be shown at the Visual Art Senior Folio Exhibition.A mixture of internal and external assessmentNilPrinting $40; materials $30; folio boards $6A DSLR digital camera that is capable of full manual control. A3 art pad. Portable data storage device (4GB or more)Year 13 PhotographyNCEA Level 2Ms Labrum

Visual Art: Photography – Year 13, 13PH

DescriptionAssessmentPre-requisitesVoluntary contributionSpecialist equipmentLeads toQualification availableTo discuss contact
Photographs are memorable and effective because they help people process, understand and retain information about the world. You’ll extend your skills and analytical ability in an exploration of formal abstraction, photographic conventions and multiple image-making techniques. Your work will be inspired by established artists, in order to develop your technical and artistic abilities.You will produce work from a range of photographic genre. The externally assessed folio will be shown at the Visual Art Senior Folio Exhibition. Y13 Photography students are eligible for course endorsement.A mixture of internal and external assessmentNCEA Level 2 Photography external Achievement Standard or by negotiation with the Head of Department.Printing card $40; folio $9A DSLR digital camera that is capable of full manual control. A3 art pad. Portable data storage device (4GB or more)Tertiary study and/or the creative industriesNCEA Level 3Ms Labrum

Dance – Year 11, 11DA

DescriptionAssessmentPre-requisitesVoluntary contributionNoteLeads toQualification availableTo discuss contact
Year 11 Dance is about consolidating your knowledge of dance as you explore and investigate a variety of dance genres and styles through a combination of practical and written work. Extend your creativity as you use the dance elements to explore movement possibilities and compose dance sequences in a range of contexts. This course will require you to work both independently and collaboratively. You will develop your performance skills and should expect to perform to a live audience at least once during the year.A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course. Performance is the primary focus of assessments but will need to be supported by a theory component in written or oral form.Nil- an interest in the performing arts and willingness to have a go are key!$40 voluntary payment to contribute to guest tutors and workshops. Specialist equipment: Appropriate footwearIt is expected that you will have a change of clothes suitable for movement for class.Year 12 DanceNCEA Level 1Ms Howes

Dance – Year 12, 12DA

DescriptionAssessmentPre-requisitesVoluntary contributionLeads toQualification availableTo discuss contactNote
In this course you will unleash the creative dancer inside you as you are given more opportunities to create and explore choreographic decisions. You will continue to learn about a variety of dance styles through practical and written tasks. You should expect to participate in at least one live performance for an invited audience throughout the year. This course requires you to work both independently and collaboratively in a range of different contexts. You will need to be self-disciplined and courageous to take risks in your own dance practice.A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course. Performance is the primary focus of assessments but will need to be supported by a theory component in written or oral form. Nil – an interest in the performing arts and willingness to have a go are key!$40 voluntary payment to contribute to guest tutors and workshops, as well as costumes for performances.Year 13 and Scholarship DanceNCEA Level 2Ms HowesIt is expected that you will have a change of clothes suitable for movement for class.

Dance – Year 13, 13DA

DescriptionAssessmentPre-requisitesVoluntary contributionLeads toQualification availableTo discuss contactNote
How will you make your mark in the dance world? What drives you? What makes your work unique? In this course you will be part of a more individualised programme of learning that encourages you to play to your strengths and define the kind of dancer or choreographer you want to be. This is the year to take risks with your choreography and challenge your understanding of what dance is. It is the time to push your performance skills and find out what you are truly capable of. You can expect to showcase your work in at least one live performance during the year. This course requires you to work both individually and collaboratively to push the boundaries.A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course. Performance is the primary focus of assessments but will need to be supported by a theory component in written or oral form.None - an interest in the performing arts and willingness to have a go are key!$40 voluntary payment to contribute to guest tutors and workshops, as well as costumes for performances.Tertiary studyNCEA Level 3Ms HowesIt is expected that you will have a change of clothes suitable for movement for class.

Drama – Year 11, 11DR

DescriptionAssessmentPre-requisitesVoluntary contributionLeads toQualification availableTo discuss contact
This course looks at the foundations of drama; getting you to question the history and context of performance work in order to create your own drama pieces. You will explore a range of scripts, learn at least one major performance style, attend some live performance work and devise performance material. This will include at least one performance opportunity for a live audience. The course is practical and group-based so expect to be involved and learn to work reflectively and collaboratively. Drama is the context here but the skills you will learn will set you up for a variety of life situations. There is a written component to the course and this theory will support the development of your performance skills as well as prepare you for the external exam options.A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course. Most internals are group-based but students are marked individually. Performance is the primary focus of assessments but will need to be supported by a theory component in written or oral form.Nil$40 optional payment for scripts and course materials such as costumes and props. Year 12 NCEA DramaNCEA Level 1Ms Howes

Drama – Year 12, 12DR

DescriptionAssessmentPre-requisitesVoluntary contributionLeads toQualification availableTo discuss contact
In this course students take more control over decision making and their performance programme, consolidating learning from Years 9 -11 to develop their own performance practice. This will include the opportunity to learn about directing, deepen knowledge and skills of performance styles as well as creating devised or script based performances. The course is practical and group-based so expect to be involved and learn to work reflectively and collaboratively. Drama is the context here but the skills you will learn will set you up for a variety of life situations. There is a written component to the course and this theory will support the development of your performance skills as well as prepare you for the external exam options.A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course. Most internals are group-based but students are marked individually. Performance is the primary focus of assessments but will need to be supported by a theory component in written or oral form. Most Drama standards also count towards UE literacy credits.Level 1 Drama; or by negotiation with the Head of Department – an interest in the performing arts and willingness to have a go are key!$40 optional payment for scripts and course materials such as costumes and props.Year 13 and Scholarship Drama NCEA Level 2Ms Howes

Drama – Year 13, 13DR

DescriptionAssessmentPre-requisitesVoluntary contributionLeads toQualification availableTo discuss contact
Wairua Auaha – how can I colour outside the lines? This course is designed to unlock your creative spirit and explore the possibilities that come with trying things in different contexts. Colouring inside the lines will produce a nice, neat product but students in Level 3 Drama are encouraged to go further than that and see what can be created when they push the boundaries or alter the given parameters. The course will widen your knowledge of theatre practitioners, plays, playwrights and style. Through text based study and devised performance work you will explore social, historical, political, cultural and/or geographical issues. It is a practical and creative course which allows you to develop your own strengths by giving you a choice of assessment standards based on the shared contexts. There is both group and solo work involved in this course. You need to be well-organised and demonstrate a willingness to be available for out of class rehearsals and performances. This is a demanding course which requires a lot of self-management skills and working in this way will no doubt serve you well in all areas of life.A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course. Performance is the primary focus of internal assessments but will need to be supported by a theory component in written or oral form.Level 2 Drama; or by negotiation with the Head of Department- – an interest in the performing arts and willingness to have a go are key! $40 optional payment for scripts and course materials such as costumes and props. Tertiary studyNCEA Level 3Ms Howes

Music – Year 11, 11MU

DescriptionAssessmentPre-requisitesVoluntary contributionSpecialist equipmentNoteLeads toQualification availableTo discuss contact
In this course you will do the following things: compose short pieces of music, perform two pieces of music in front of an audience, do theory, learn and practise aural skills (e.g. rhythmic and melodic patterns, intervals, chords), and study and write about a variety of pieces of music, by listening, researching and studying scores. You may also perform in a small group.A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course Year 10 Music, or by negotiation with the Head of Department.$35.00 for your workbookYou must have an instrument at home so you can practise regularlyIf you enrol in this course you must be having regular weekly lessons in an instrument or voice, and ideally should have done so for two years. You will be strongly advised to join a school performing group (choir, orchestra, chamber music group, rock band or concert band). Membership fees for these groups will be published on the website.Year 12 MusicNCEA Level 1Ms Sutherland

Music – Year 12, 12MU

DescriptionAssessmentPre-requisitesVoluntary contributionSpecialist equipmentNoteLeads toQualification availableTo discuss contact
In this course you will choose a programme of study which suits your skills and interests. You must do theory and score reading, and orchestrate a piano piece for a small group of instruments. Other than that you will select a course from standards which involve the following things: compose two pieces of music, study and analyse two pieces of music, perform two pieces of music in front of an audience as a soloist and/or one piece in a group, learn and practise aural skills (e.g. rhythmic and melodic patterns, intervals, chords), or investigate an aspect of New Zealand music. You may also perform one piece on a second instrument. A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this course Year 11 Music; or by negotiation with the Head of Department.$35.00 for your workbookYou must have an instrument at home so you can practise regularlyIf you enrol in this course you must be having regular weekly lessons in an instrument or voice, and ideally should have done so for three years. You will be strongly advised to join a school performing group (choir, orchestra, chamber music group, rock band or concert band). Membership fees for these groups will be published on the website.Year 13 MusicNCEA Level 2Ms Sutherland

Music – Year 13, 13MU

DescriptionAssessmentPre-requisitesVoluntary contributionSpecialist equipmentNoteLeads toQualification availableTo discuss contact
In this course you will choose a programme of study which suits your skills and interests. You must study Music Works (Analysis) (4 internal credits), and Harmony (4 external credits), but other than that you will select a course from standards which involve the following things: composition, arranging, solo (including second instrument) and/or group performance, aural skills, music works (context), song writing and research.A mixture of internal and external assessment will be offered in this courseYear 12 Music; or by negotiation with the Head of Department.$35.00 for your workbookYou must have an instrument at home so you can practise regularlyIf you enrol in this course you should be having regular weekly lessons in an instrument or voice, and should have done so for four years. You will be strongly advised to join a school performing group (choir, orchestra, chamber music group, rock band or concert band). Membership fees for these groups will be published on the website.Tertiary studyNCEA Level 3Ms Sutherland