Fine & Performing Arts

Acknowledging the vital importance of providing opportunities to develop creativity

The Fine & Performing Arts Department offers a variety of exciting course options within a discipline-based program. We offer students the opportunity for either initial exploration or in-depth study. The focus of our curriculum is on creative processes and active student engagement, as well as performance, maintaining a very active performance and show calendar. Students are treated as artists, asked to confront the same challenges and questions that all practicing artists meet, and under the guidance of a faculty mentor/teacher to explore those challenges and questions.

Spotlight Course

Digital music production

This course will introduce students to the realm of music production and the necessary skills needed in this digital age. Students will hone their ability to listen to and analyze professional productions, ranging from Michael Jackson to Randy Newman to Avicii. Topics covered will include stereo processing, analogue and digital processing, compression, limiting, filtering, panning, reverb, and EQ. Mixing and creating a final mastered product will provide students the ability to actualize the different components in producing commercial level music. All DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) will be explored with the main use of Apple’s Logic Pro. Live streams, DAWs, and production courses will be made available to students.

The Path

Students may pursue fine arts, dance, vocal or instrumental music, and theater.

Art, Art 2, 3D Art, Ceramics, Advanced Ceramics, Advanced Art/Portfolio, Environmental Art, Photography, Advanced Photography, Costume Design, Book Arts and Printmaking, Dance, Honors Dance, Choir, String Orchestra, Symphonic Winds, CL Music Theory, Studio Music, Jazz Ensemble, Digital Music Production, Musical Theater Performance, Acting for the Stage, Advanced Acting, Stagecraft, Stage Production/Musical Theater

Around Campus:
Showcase art in the Moos Gallery, across campus; Portfolio work with individuals pursuing art; Afternoon Art offered for students pursuing art or show great interest; Seasonal Music Concerts; Afternoon Music, Private Lessons; NATS Student Recitals; OMEA Solo and Ensemble Contest; Musical Theater Production; Two Plays—Typically one drama and one comedy; Shakespeare Contest; Two Dance Performances; Afternoon Dance; Student Choreography options.

Graduation Requirements

2 credits from any Fine and Performing Arts courses
View our complete course offerings list and the Academic Course Descriptions 2023-24.

Meet the Faculty