The Arts faculty promotes excellence in learning and performance across four areas - Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts (including Art History). Students learn to think critically and creatively, through experiencing and studying the work of other artists, peformances and composers ... which inspires their own creativity.
We embrace the principles of multiple intelligences which we consider to be essential in education.
Performance skills are a strong focus in the Arts, alongside a thorough understanding of the core elements that make up each discipline. Students learn to execute skills required to produce original work by devising a dance, drama, a piece of visual art (e.g. painting), or a musical composition.
Taking an 'Arts' course will provide you or your child with vital skills for life, plus an enjoyment of the arts that they will carry through life.
As well as the key competencies, students learn the ability to work with others (e.g. in a music group or a drama performance). The learn to communicate complex ideas with confidence and clarity through performance and visual art. And they learn initiative and the ability to approach work or challenges creatively.
At Glendowie College, the Arts develop confident young men and women who are self-motivated and positive, successful citizens.
The Year 9 Dance option involves the teaching of both the practical and theoretical mechanics or aspects of dance. It is suitable for a wide range of students of all abilities with the course including individual, paired and group activities and assessments designed to encourage the students’ enthusiasm for dance and with a view to increase their knowledge, ability and appreciation of this aspect of ‘The Arts’.
Students study the topics below in year 10. These are assessed through tests, assignments and two sets of exams.
Students study fourtopics (standards) that count for 20 credits towards Level 1 NCEA.
Students study five topics (standards) that count for 22 credits towards Level 2 NCEA.
Students study five topics (standards) that count for 22 credits towards Level 3 NCEA. Note: Scholarship students also do an extra standard (91593) listed below, resulting in them doing 26 credits.
The following internal may be offered to suitable students:
Drama expresses human experience through a focus on role, action, and tension, played out in time and space. In drama education, students learn to structure these elements and to use dramatic conventions, techniques, and technologies to create imagined worlds. Through purposeful play, both individual and collaborative, they discover how to link imagination, thoughts, and feelings.
As students work with drama techniques, they learn to use spoken and written language with increasing control and confidence and to communicate effectively using body language, movement, and space. As they perform, analyse, and respond to different forms of drama and theatre, they gain a deeper appreciation of their rich cultural heritage and language and new power to examine attitudes, behaviours, and values.
By means of the drama that they create and perform, students reflect and enrich the cultural life of their schools, whānau, and communities.
This course is designed to teach drama techniques; improvisation, devising new works, theatre studies and theatre technologies; and develop students’ appreciation of and enthusiasm for Drama and The Arts. Students will work individually and in group situations and will be assessed through performance. It is suitable for a wide range of students of all abilities.
The Achievement Standards offered for assessment are:
External Standards (Exams)
Note: Students may choose not to do both externals
All the Achievement Standards offered are:
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Year 9 Music is designed to be relevant to beginners and more experienced players alike. It is based around practical activities for the whole class, groups and individuals, aiming to engage students at all levels. Classes will be selected according to students’ experience. Students will learn basics of reading music, and will be encouraged to perform and compose music themselves, using both instruments and software. Those taking music in Year 9 have priority in instrument/voice lessons.
This programme is developed as preparation for Level 1 Music and much of the material and assessment is derived from the Level 1 course structure. In some cases, students may be accelerated to Level 1 performance assessment. They are assessed through a material test (theory), aural test, solo and group performance, group composition and a music works assignment.
The objective of the year 11 course is to reflect and respond to the interests and needs of music students. It is a practically-based course with an emphasis on performance and composition, but covering a broad range of musical knowledge and skills including Music Technology for Contemporary Music Students:
The course covers:
Students study seven topics (standards) that count for a minimum of 24 credits towards Level 1 NCEA.
The year 12 music course is a practically-based course with an emphasis on composition and performance, but covering a broad range of musical knowledge and skills.
A Contemporary course is also offered for non- music readers with an interest in Rock/Pop genres. Relevant standards are marked C on the grid below.
This course is designed to lead on to either Level 3 Music Studies, Practical Music or Contemporary Music.
The year 12 course content covers:
Students study six topics (standards) that count for 24 or more credits towards Level 2 NCEA.
Standards marked * may be selected by students in addition to compulsory standards. Standards marked (C) are for Contemporary Music Course Students.
This course is designed for students who are not performers or composers but who have an interest in music history, music in the community, and/or the contemporary music scene. It is not necessary to be a musician to succeed in this course. The course is a suitable choice for students who have a desire to learn more about music in a contemporary context and who enjoy listening to music and researching topics. Some Music Technology standards may be available.
Students study five topics (standards) that count for 22 credits towards Level 3 NCEA.
This is a practically-based course with an emphasis on composition and performance. The course is designed to allow students to develop their musical strengths and interests. A Contemporary Music course can be taken using the performance and composition standards in conjunction with a research standard.
Students study four topics (standards) that count for 24 credits towards Level 3 NCEA.
The course is designed for all abilities to develop skill, creativity and an independent work ethic. The programme focuses on drawing, painting and print making techniques as well as giving students an understanding of established art practice. Students complete a programme of observational and creative drawing/painting to build knowledge of colour theory, line, tone, form and texture. Practical and contextual knowledge is further developed through design and print making.
The course is linked to the requirements for NCEA in Visual Art and is a necessary preparation for NCEA Level 1 in year 11 when students will be given the option of either Art/Painting or Art/Photography. The course focuses on drawing, painting, printmaking and photography. Students complete 4 units of work over 4 terms. Units one and two are designed to build upon basic art skills learned in year 9 whilst units three and four are designed to promote an ability to develop ideas in mixed media and photography. Artists from both European and New Zealand contexts may be studied as part of the practical process.
Each unit is assessed summatively and formatively. Students are also given verbal feedback and guidance whilst work is in progress. Each assessment is based on an NCEA achievement standard to prepare students for Art at Level 1.
A course in painting develops observational and creative skills in drawing, painting, mixed media and printmaking using a theme of portraits and the figure.
Students study three topics (standards) that count for 22 credits towards Level 1 NCEA.
Three units of work/achievement standards are united by a common theme. There is a specific focus on the development of skills in drawing, painting, printmaking and mixed media. The two internally assessed assignments are designed to inform work for the externally assessed assignment (two folio boards).
Students study three topics (standards) that count for 20 credits towards Level 2 NCEA.
The course is designed to build upon and develop each student’s theoretical and practical knowledge of established painting practice. The internal assessments (3.2, 3.3) are integrated to create a body of work from which students can develop their own ideas and interests to produce the externally assessed part of the course (3.4/folio boards).
Students study three topics (standards) that count for 22 credits towards Level 3 NCEA.
The year 11 course objective is to enable students to learn technical skills and creative expression in photography and to develop an understanding and appreciation of photography both historically and aesthetically.
Students will be taught how to:
Students study four topics (standards) that count for 18 credits towards Level 1 NCEA.
The two internals involve students researching and then planning and producing images based on their own research. The external involves the production of a two panel folio board of photographs based upon a theme developed in internal 2.3.
The course is designed to build upon and develop each student’s theoretical and practical knowledge of established photography practice. The internal assessments (3.2 and 3.3) are integrated to create a body of work from which students can develop their own ideas and interests to produce the externally assessed part of the course (folio boards).
The course is entitled ‘Towards Modernism’ and involves the study of nineteenth and early twentieth century art, sculpture and architecture (mainly French). The following art movements are studied:
The course content is extensive and covers a lot of factual information. Students who have a love of art and history will enjoy this course. External examination questions require a long answer response not essays. However, it is necessary for students to have a competent level of English so that they can cope with the analytical aspect of the course.
Students study five topics (standards) that count for 20 credits towards Level 2 NCEA.
For the two external standards (3.1, 3.3) and internals 3.5 and 3.7 students study art from mid-to-late fifteenth-century Italy through the works of Bellini and Mantegna in Venice and Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci in Florence. This provides a background to the development of the High Renaissance in Rome. All aspects of Michelangelo’s work (sculpture, painting and architecture) are studied. Mannerism is studied in the work of Pontormo, Bronzino and the late works of Raphael and Michelangelo. Titian provides the Venetian counterpart to the High Renaissance and Mannerist styles.
For internal 3.6 students study the value placed upon selected Renaissance works alongside modern art works of their choice. A trip to an art auction provides students with an understanding of the monetary value placed on art works. External examination questions require a long answer response NOT an essay format. However, a competent level of English is required for students to cope with the analytical aspect of the course. This is a factually rich subject that requires students to have an interest in both Art and History.
Students study five topics (standards) that count for 20 credits towards Level 3 NCEA.
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