All COFA courses are listed below with their descriptions

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THEATRE

Theatre Technical Production

Students enrolled in this class will study theatre from the point of view of a technical designer. They will have opportunities for hands on experience with lighting design, sound design, set design, costumes and prop management, stage crew, stage managing, publicity, financial management and sound design. Opportunities will be made available for these students to earn money working as lighting and sound crew for outside activities and organizations that use the PAC.

 

Theatre One

Introduces the techniques of pantomiming, blocking, acting, and directing. The focus in this class is primarily to gain an appreciation of theatre, experience both on stage as an actor and behind the scenes as a technician and a director, and to become more confident in front of other people. The class explores pantomime, basic improvisation, monologues, character development, visualization, projection, movement, scene work, and a directors' showcase.

 

Theatre Two

A further study into techniques and styles in the world of theatre arts. Students will become proficient in a variety of directing/acting techniques, will be introduced to a variety of historical theatre styles, and will practice script-writing.  Theatre Two students will showcase a variety of performances for invited audiences, including units on Greek Theatre, Children's Theatre, and Shakespeare.  Students at the Theatre Two level will be invited to accompany students in the I.B. Theatre class to participate in various theatre competitions and festivals.

 

Theatre 3/4

Provides a practical and theoretical application of theatre history, theory, analysis, production and performance techniques. Students in this class are eligible to take the I.B. Theatre Studies Higher or Secondary Level Examinations. Students in the I.B. Theatre Studies will have the opportunity to participate in the Orange County "Cappies" chapter, "the critics and awards program for high school theatre and journalism."  Theatre 3/4 students will keep a professional theatre portfolio, which includes an in-depth processing journal, will attend and critique a minimum of 3 outside theatrical performances each semsester, and will participate in a minimum of one of the school's main-stage productions. The students will also take part in a minimum of two outside competitive festivals and have opportunities for various college scholarships.

 

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VOCAL

 

Mixed Chorus

Mixed Chorus is a beginning level choral music class for men’s voices. It is a non-audition class that is open to all grade levels.  This class will teach basic music theory, music reading, and proper vocal production.  A variety of music styles will be used: sacred, secular, classical, and popular to give the students an appreciation of the range of choral music. In order to receive full credit for the class, the students must attend extra-curricular concerts.

 

Women’s Ensemble

Women’s Ensemble is an advanced level choral class for women’s voices.  It is an auditioned performing class.  It will provide instruction in music theory, notation, sight singing, and proper vocal production.  A variety of music styles, including sacred, secular, classical, popular, and jazz will be used to give the students a wide range of choral music. Because this is an advanced ensemble, extra-curricular performances are mandatory in order to receive full credit for the course.

 

Vocal Ensemble

Vocal Ensemble is an advanced level choral class for men’s and women’s voices.  It is an auditioned performing class.  It will provide instruction in music theory, notation, sight singing, and proper vocal production.  A variety of music styles, including sacred, secular, classical, popular, and jazz will be used to give the students a wide range of choral music.

 

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INSTRUMENTAL

Concert Band

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Students will study and perform standard and contemporary music literature.

Concert Band is a course in the playing of brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. Every freshman brass and woodwind player must enroll in Concert Band. Performance participation beyond the regular school day is required.  This course may be repeated for credit.

 

Symphonic Band

Prerequisite: Advanced wind and percussion students accepted by audition. Students will study and perform standard and contemporary music literature. Symphonic Band is a course in the playing of woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments. This class is an upper-level advanced band class for musicians with a greater level of experience and advanced technique. Performance participation beyond the regular school day is required.  This course may be repeated for credit.

 

Orchestra

Prerequisite: Audition or consent of instructor. Students will study and perform standard and contemporary music literature. Orchestra is a course in the playing of string instruments. Students in grades 9-12 are eligible for this course. Participation beyond the regular school day is required.  This course may be repeated for credit.

 

Percussion Ensemble

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Students will study and perform standard and contemporary music literature. Percussion ensemble is a course in the playing of western and non-western percussion instruments. Every freshman percussionist must enroll in this course. All marching band percussionists, battery and front ensemble, will meet in this course during the fall semester. Performance participation beyond the regular school day is required.  This course may be repeated for credit.

 

Colorguard

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. In Colorguard the student learns marching techniques, dance skills, and colorguard skills to prepare for performances for field shows, competitions, school assemblies, parades, and/or shows. This course may be repeated for physical education credit.

 

Marching Band P.E.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Students will study and perform standard and contemporary music literature adapted for field performances. Marching Band includes all brass, woodwind, percussion and colorguard students. Physical Education Marching Band meets the State requirement for enrollment in physical education. Concurrent enrollment is required in an instrumental music course. This course may be repeated for credit.

 

Jazz Ensemble

Prerequisite: Audition and consent of instructor. Students will study and perform standard and contemporary jazz music literature. Jazz Ensemble provides advanced performance opportunities for many different combinations of instruments, including guitar, piano, bass, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and percussion. The student may study all types of literature in small ensembles; the emphasis may range from jazz to rock. Performance participation beyond the regular school day is required.  This course may be repeated for credit.

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Guitar

Guitar class provides an opportunity for the student to learn and develop basic musical skills.  An emphasis is placed on music theory and music reading as applied to the guitar. Rock, classical and jazz styles and techniques, including improvisation are also covered.  This course may be repeated for credit and can be included in the Instrumental Music pathway as part of the Conservatory of Fine Arts program.

 

 

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VISUAL ART

AP Art History

An introductory two-semester college-level course in Art History. It encompasses the cannon of Western Art History including painting, sculpture, architecture, and photography within the appropriate historical and cultural contexts. Students learn to identify major artists and stylistic periods based on content, iconography, formal elements and in-depth visual analysis.

 

AP Studio Drawing and Painting, 2-D, and 3-D, I.B. HL and SL Art

The AP Studio Art and IB portfolios are designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art and have taken the pre-requisite. AP and IB Art is not based on a written examination; instead, students submit portfolios for evaluation to the College Board or the IB at the end of the school year.

 

Communication Design

In Communication Design, the student will develop aesthetic perception and creative expression skills, and will create and organize ideas visually. The student will understand the integral role of design in modern communication and will analyze his/her own work and the work of others based on its ability to communicate effectively. The student will also examine the significant historical and cultural developments in design. The student will utilize the computer and software as the primary design tool and media platform.

 

Drawing and Painting

Drawing and Painting is designed for the student interested in developing drawing and painting skills in the areas of accurate representation and interpretation of the subject in any two-dimensional format. The course examines the fundamental visual skills incorporating a variety of materials, techniques, and subject matter.

 

Special Studies In Drawing & Painting or 3-D

Special Studies in Drawing/Painting or 3-D is intended for the advanced art student and provides independent study under the supervision of the instructor. The student selects a project and assists the instructor in setting work due dates and criteria for evaluation. The student’s portfolio will reflect a specific theme. This course may be repeated for credit.

 

Three-Dimensional Design

Three-Dimensional Design concentrates on design and the creation of volume in space. The students will understand three-dimensional art forms as part of culture, analyze their work and the art of others and explore the nature and value of three-dimensional art, and develop skills to express ideas and images in the third dimension. (an A.P. 3-D design independent study is available with instructor permission and after taking Special Studies 3-D).

 

ROP Foundations Photography

Foundations of Photography is a survey course in black and white photography. This course will provide the student with opportunities to extend their knowledge and skills in the field of photography. The students have experiences with the history of    photography, photographic equipment, materials, methods, and processes of photography. The student will also be introduced to computer technology and digital photography.

 

 

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DANCE

Beginning Dance

A dance appreciation course that introduces and explores various styles of dance including: jazz, ballet, hip-hop, contemporary, musical theatre and ethnic. Designed to introduce students to dance as an art form and fitness activity. No experience or pre-requisite required. PE credit applies.

 

Intermediate Dance

Intermediate Dance is designed for students to strengthen their technical dance skills in preparation for Advanced Dance and/or Dance Production.  Students will continue to develop solid dance technique while exploring new forms and aspects of dance and choreography. Students will study ballet, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, modern, hip-hop, cultural dance, prop dance, dancing through the decades, and musical theatre. Pre-requisite: Beginning Dance or teacher recommendation.

 

Advanced Dance

Advanced Dance students will focus on strengthening jazz, ballet and contemporary technique with an emphasis on learning how to choreograph. This course will focus on developing a lifetime interest in dance, dance history, choreography skills and artistic awareness. Students will participate in choreography projects, discussions, performance activities, dance history, viewing of live professional dance and dance on film. Guest instructors and master classes will be utilized to provide a balance. Pre-requisite:  Intermediate Dance, audition, or teacher recommendation.

 

Dance Production Team

This is the advanced dance company/team on campus. The focus is on student choreography that is developed and performed on stage in two annual full-length productions. The company will also perform at assemblies, football games and community events. In addition to the principles of choreography, performance preparation includes staging, lighting, costuming and make-up. Guest instructors and master classes will be utilized to provide a balance and to expose dancers to other leaders in the professional dance community. Pre-requisite is by audition or teacher recommendation.

 

 

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