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  • Courses Offered 2019-2020 School Year


    Color Guard
    Grades: 9 -12             
    Credits: 5 (Semester Course)

    Prerequisites:  Students must audition for the class.
    This course is for students who are interested in marching with the North County Condor Band as a shield, flag, or banner carrier. Extra-curricular activities will be required. Dance, drill or aerobic experience is helpful to join this class. There is an expense for outfits and fundraisers are encouraged to help with the cost.  There is after school practice as needed.


     Orchestra
    Grades: 9 -12             
    Credits: 10 (Year-Long Course)               
    UC/CSU: Yes (fulfills F requirement)

    Prerequisites:  Experience on a band instrument
    This course meets the F requirement for UC admission.  Performances are required.  Voluntary Donation for Transportation and Instruments.  Fundraising Mandatory.


    Jazz Band
    Grades: 9 -12             
    Credits: 10 (Year-Long Course)

    Prerequisites:  Experience on a band instrument and instructor approval
    A performing class designed to expose and familiarize students with jazz music, and to acquaint them with techniques and styles of playing jazz.  Voluntary Donation for Transportation and Instruments.  Fundraising Mandatory.


    Dance I/II
    Grades: 9 -12             
    Credits: 10 (Year-Long Course)                
    UC/CSU: Yes (fulfills F requirement)

    Prerequisites:  None
    This course instructs the student in dance techniques, improvisation, choreography, dance sequences, performance, terminology, dance history and dance-related topics in different genres of dance. The class will also contribute toward lifelong learning and career skills related to dance.  Students taking this class will be required to perform in a spring dance concert.  Some before and after school practices in the spring are mandatory as well as participation in a dance show. 


    Dance III
    Grades: 9 -12             
    Credits: 10 (Year-Long Course)                  
    UC/CSU: Yes (fulfills F requirement)

    Prerequisites:  Grade of “C” or higher in Dance I or teacher recommendation
    This course is designed to provide the dance student with an intermediate dance and stage performance experience in multiple dance and theater genres (e.g., ballet, hip-hop, jazz, traditional and recreational) including knowledge and practice in technique, improvisation, choreography, dance sequences, performance, terminology, dance history, and dance-related topics.  The class also provides the tech student with knowledge in the technological aspects and artistry of producing a dance and stage performance, and to contribute to lifelong learning and career skills for all students.  Students taking this class will perform in rallies, festivals, and shows and/or produce the technical aspects of performances.  Some before and after schools practices are mandatory as well as participation in 2 dance shows. 


    Ceramics I/II
    Grades: 9 -12             
    Credits: 10 (Year-Long Course)                   
    UC/CSU: Yes (fulfills F requirement)

    Prerequisites:  None
    This course is a hands-on class with both teacher-led instruction and independent studio time.  Students will explore ceramics through different hand-building techniques, the use of the wheel, materials, glazes, decorative methods, culture and history, and career possibilities.    Students will be given the opportunity to experience the process of creating and solving visual problems in a unique way. An emphasis will be placed on functional and decorative pieces with unique personal touches and creative alterations.  Students will receive constructive feedback through classroom critiques, exams, and evaluations. Students are expected to learn and practice safe habits in the ceramics studio and maintain the integrity of the workspace. 


    Drawing and Painting I/II
    Grades: 9 -12             
    Credits: 10 (Year-Long Course)                   
    UC/CSU: Yes (fulfills F requirement)

    Prerequisites:  None
    During the 1st semester, students will learn drawing and painting techniques, art history, art criticism, and color concepts. Basic composition, perspective, observational drawing & painting, plus working with abstraction are emphasized. This class will prepare students for the next level of art classes. Students will further explore ideas in drawing and painting techniques, art history, art criticism, and color concepts during 2nd semester. More advanced composition, perspective, observational drawing & painting are also engaged in. Practicing historical styles and theories of art-making is a central theme to the course. Building on this, personal project development and working with both representation and abstraction are emphasized


    Introduction to Film Production
    Grades: 9-12             
    Credits: 10 (Year-Long course)                   
    Non-UC/CSU approved course
    Prerequisites: None                                                       
    Meets Visual & Performing Arts requirement for graduation only
    This course introduces students to concepts and principles used to pursue a career pathway in film and video production. Students will learn historical perspectives and analyze film and television from a variety of artistic works. The course exposes students to the basics of visual storytelling through the creation of storyboards, scriptwriting, basic shot types, camera movements, lighting, audio and techniques of editing. Students will learn the skills necessary for jobs within the industry such as producer, director, art director, set design, camera operator, script supervisor, editor, etc. Training is provided through required on-the-job training obtained through organized productions and projects, such as campus news broadcasts and events, narrative films, PSAs, documentary films, etc. under the supervision of the instructor. Students may also receive unpaid community classroom (CC) on-the-job experience in commercial studios, production companies and cable television. This course aligns with and/or incorporates the State Visual and Performing Arts Frameworks, State Language Arts and Mathematics Standards, California CTE Model Curriculum Standards, the Common Core State Standards and the Silicon Valley Career Technical Education (SVCTE) Student Learn Outcomes (SLOs).


    Introduction to Music Production
    Grades: 9-12             
    Credits: 10 (Year-Long course)                 
     Non-UC/CSU approved course
    Prerequisites: None                                                       
    Meets Graduation credit or Elective requirement only
    Introduction to Music Production will be an introduction to the principles of creating music electronically. This will include both original sound production on a computer as well as the recording of typical instruments/vocals - focusing on how to properly mix them together to produce original music and art and will introduce students to the uses, concepts, techniques, and terminology of computing through music applications. Following an introduction to the basics of the software and equipment used, the students will create their own music using GarageBand and Logic. Students will develop their musical knowledge as they learn practical skills that can prepare them for a career in music performance, entertainment business, recording business, live sound reinforcement, audio engineering, stage management The students will gain experience with current hardware and software for music sequencing, synthesis, and music performance practice. This year-long course is also designed as an introduction to music fundamentals, notation, and theory through music technology such as MIDI and digital recording. Students will also be learning basic business practices used in the music industry.


    Photo I/II
    Grades: 9-12              
    Credits: 10 (Year-Long Course)                   
    UC/CSU: Yes (fulfills F requirement)

    Prerequisites:  None.
    During the 1st semester, the course’s emphasis is on approaching the world of photography as a means of artistic expression and technical skill. Students will study the masters of traditional and digital photography and learn to understand and evaluate photography as a creative art form. Through photography and the creative process, students will explore the elements of art, principles of design, composition, digital photography equipment, digital darkroom techniques, lighting, and a variety of methods, techniques, and processes used in fine art photography. In the 2nd semester, the course will provide students with an introduction to a variety of studio art skills, especially related to fine art photography. It is a class geared towards developing the work habits and artistic perception of an emerging art student. Developing artistic literacy in terms of vocabulary, historical knowledge, aesthetics, technical skill and craftsmanship are emphasized.