• PERFORMANCE AND COMMUNICATION ARTS

     

    Program Description

     

    In keeping with community, state, and national expectations, students in the Performance and Communication Arts Program experience a wide range of creative opportunities through speech, radio/TV, media-technology, theatre courses and co-curricular activities.  Students participate in creative activities involving intrapersonal, interpersonal, and mass communication which encourage them to become critical thinkers and effective communicators.  Through researching, networking, listening, speaking, scripting, staging, designing, constructing, and video-audio taping/editing, the students experience application, synthesis, and evaluation of the Performance and Communication Arts.   These courses and co-curricular experiences provide students with the foundation and the training for effective leadership, aesthetic decision making, team playing and inspired lifelong learning in today’s media-driven global, society.

     

    Program Goals

    1.  Understand the process, elements and tools that are used to create and perform multiple and varied works of communication art in our modern world.

    2.  Understand the value of using collaboration in the artistic and technological creation of communication art.

    3.  Recognize the relationship between Performance and Communication Arts and the world in which we live, work and study.

    4.  Understand self and community awareness through the creative communication processes.

    5.  Understand the evaluative processes used to form critical responses to works of communication.

    6.  Understand the value of participation in co-curricular and internship programs aligned to Perform and Communication Arts.

     

    Course Selections

    Intro to Media Production

    Media Production

    Speech I

    Speech I (Honors)

    Speech II

    Theatre Production

    Theatre Arts

     

    STUDENTS MUST TAKE EITHER R-1103-1 SPEECH I OR A-1105-1 Honors SPEECH I FOR THE GRADUATION REQUIREMENT.

     

    R-1103-I  SPEECH I  FOR  9-10-11-12   1/2 UNIT Required for entry into the House of Arts and Communication and a requirement for graduation, Speech I is designed to prepare students to become more effective communicators in high school, in their post-graduate endeavors, and in everyday society.  It emphasizes the improvement of skills in speaking, listening, and critical thinking.  Topics include communication theory, interpersonal and intra-personal communication, public speaking, library and media research, information analysis, outlining, career orientation, social skills, processes of group interaction, and an introduction to literary analysis and performance.  All activities emphasize the development of self-esteem.  The career speech for the required Senior Project is a component of this course. It is strongly advised that this course be taken the Freshman or Sophomore year, but it may be taken in the Junior and Senior year.

     

     

    A-1105-I  HONORS SPEECH I  FOR 9-10  1/2 UNIT  This course is offered to students who perform above grade level in their reading and language arts skills. It, too, is required for entry into the House of Fine Arts and Communication and a requirement for graduation. This course is designed to prepare students to become more effective communicators in high school, in their postgraduate work and in everyday society by improving relevant skills in speaking, listening, and critical thinking. Topics include communication theory, interpersonal and intra-personal communication, public speaking, library and media research, information analysis, outlining, career orientation, social skills, processes of group interaction and an introduction to literary analysis and performance. It will also include an introduction to policy and/or value debate. Although many of the topics are similar to our regular speech I classes, the Honors student will be required to work at a more analytical, in-depth and accelerated level.  It is strongly advised that this course should be taken as a Freshman or Sophomore.

     

    A-1109-A  SPEECH II  FOR 11-12  1 UNIT   Speech II students are encouraged to go beyond their own basic speaking skills by preparing, practicing, and presenting projects that enhance the types of communication necessary to succeed in human relations, careers, continuing education, and in some cases, competitive speaking.  The course focuses on intellectual and critical thinking skills.  Students develop dynamic communication skills and poise through carefully guided practicums.  This course is for the student who wants more guided practice in communication.  It is also recommended as a cross-over course for those who seek a major in Broadcast/Journalism.  PREREQUISITE:  Pass Speech I with a “C” or better and instructor/House Leadership approval.

     

    R-1111-A  INTRO TO MEDIA PRODUCTION  FOR 10-11-12  1 UNIT   This course is designed for students who have an interest in or are seeking a major concentration in a mass media related field in the House of Arts and Communication.  This survey course is designed for students who have an interest in a technology driven curriculum and who plan to pursue a career in a media related field.  The students work on a variety of projects that stress different types of script writing and hands-on experience with audio engineering, cinematography, and an introduction to digital media.  Student participation includes creating, writing, producing, engineering, directing, and performing in multiple media production formats.

     

    R-1117-A  MEDIA PRODUCTION  FOR 11-12  1 UNIT   This course is highly recommended for advanced studies in digital media.  Students are required to produce independent media projects including podcasts, webcasts, and digital video productions.  These projects foster specialization of student interest and encourage students to investigate more creative and expansive uses of the digital realm.   Students are also required to create media productions for various college and scholarship competitions.  PREREQUISITE: Intro to Media Production and instructor/House Leadership approval.  Courses in this Tech Prep sequence may generate dual credit at South Suburban College for students who complete the dual credit application and earn an “A” or “B” in the course.

     

    R-1119-A  INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE FOR 10-11-12  1 UNIT   Introduction to Theatre is one of the two courses needed to declare theatre performance as a concentration in the House of Arts and Communication.  This course is designed to furnish the student with a general background of the performing arts including history, acting, directing, costuming, playwriting, and applying theatrical makeup.  Activities in the course enable the student to relate life experiences to those of characters in plays as well as to provide a foundation for the student interested in continuing his or her work in education, community, and/or professional theatre.

     

    R-1121-A  THEATRE PRODUCTION  FOR 10, 11, 12  1 UNIT   Theatre Production is one of the two courses needed to declare theatre performance as a concentration in the House of Fine Arts and Communication. This course is designed for the student who desires to participate in all aspects of theatre production.  By participating in at least two of the course’s theatrical productions, the student receives practical application in all areas of production including acting, directing, and the management of technical aspects and business procedures.