Art – 9th through 12th grade – UC Approved Visual and Performing Art Course – Full Year
Art will have the cadet develop creative artistic work through a variety of materials and techniques. Cadets will be introduced to the artistic concepts of line, color, space, form, shape, and texture. There will be a range of 2-D and 3-D work taught including painting, drawing, collage, and sculpture. The cadet will have written and oral critiques of artwork.
Intermediate Art – 10th through 12th grade – UC Approved Visual and Performing Art Course – Full Year
Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Beginning Art or instructor approval. Intermediate Art will explore further the skills developed in Beginning Art. In particular, line and gesture drawing, shading, shape, value, space, texture, the color spectrum, and perspective are among the topics explored. The course is divided into one unit that examines art analysis and three units that combine the study of the above topics with the study of notable artists. Cadets are prepared for continued art study in either AP Art or Art History and in their post-secondary studies, if they desire.
AP Studio Art – 10th through 12th grade – UC Approved Honors Course – Full Year
Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Intermediate Art and instructor approval. AP Art is oriented toward cadets who excel in art and want to develop a body of work in a single area of concentration. Cadets are expected to develop that concentration to a depth and breadth sufficient to submit an AP Art portfolio in May.
Photography – 9th through 12th grade – UC Approved Visual and Performing Art Course-Full Year
Photography will use black-and-white photography for the purpose of providing fundamental instruction in camera types and usage, film processing and printing, design elements and principles, and sociological and historical significance of the art.
Guitar – 9th through 12th grades – UC-Approved Visual and Performing Art Course – Full Year
Pre-requisite: Instructor approval. The objective of Guitar is for the cadet to acquire basic performance skills on the guitar. In the process he will learn the fundamentals of music theory and musical literacy; he will become familiar with different musical styles and techniques. His success in the course will give him a firm grounding for further musical study.
Music Technology – 10th through 12th grades – UC Approved Visual and Performing Art Course – Full Year
Music Technology will provide the cadet with an understanding of music fundamentals and computer software that facilitates music making. Cadets will learn basic piano skills and apply computer technology to the creation of musical arrangements.
Band – 9th through 12th grades – UC Approved Course – Full Year
The band class will provide a foundation for musical literacy and instrumental proficiency. Cadets will be given a thorough grounding in pitch, scales, melody, harmony, meter and rhythm, texture, dynamics, articulation, and form as they learn to play a band instrument. This will be accomplished through research, written and oral presentations, and performances. Music theory will also be introduced to further enhance student musicianship. Cadets will thoroughly understand the cultural and artistic relevance of band throughout history and the role of band in today’s culture
Advanced Marching Band – 9th through 12th grades – UC-Approved Visual and Performing Art Course – Full Year
Pre-requisite: Instructor approval. The Advanced Band class will provide a foundation in musical literacy and instrumental proficiency. Course topics include pitch, melody, harmony, meter and rhythm, texture, dynamics, articulation, form, music vocabulary, and performance. The principles with each topic can be applied to the variety of musical pieces that the cadets learn to play. The difference between the two high school levels of Band is the cadet’s level of instrumental proficiency. Moreover, all cadets in this class will be required to participate in the Academy’s parades as part of the marching band, in the two concerts performed each year, and in other performances on and off the Academy campus.
Video Production – 9th through 12th grades – UC Approved Course – Full Year
Video production is a course designed for students to learn the elements and techniques to produce news-style packages, multi-camera broadcasts, short films, highlight films, cover events, and produce a DVD yearbook,. Students will use contemporary vocabulary, protocol and skills. Students will learn to write scripts, storyboard, schedule, communicate with talent and production, use appropriate sound and lighting, camera techniques and editing. A variety of news broadcasts, film and readings will be evaluated for use in student productions. Students will learn to critique their own work, and that of peers and professionals. Emphasis will be placed on the ways in which news broadcasts and films are connected to history as well as to other art forms, subject areas, and careers.