Core courses

Any of the fields of specialization selected in High school will include the following core courses along the four academic years:

Body and Performance

Students of all artistic disciplines will develop physical approaches that endow them with the basic support and physical strength to avoid postural problems, future injuries, or the need of rehabilitation. Through the cultivation of a vital, conscious relation with their own body, dancers, actors, and musicians will be aware of the patterns of body movement which eventually will help to maximize or, on the contrary, reduce their expressive potential.

Production and Design

The Production and Design course focuses on elements of design, and both technical and administrative aspects essential to any live performance event. This mastery include the use of lighting, sound, and multimedia contents, as well as organization and administration. In this course, students will learn about the history of stage technologies and their contemporary application, emphasizing the role of innovation and the artist as his own producer.

Dance/Music/Theatre and Social History

Dance, as all arts is a product of the culture in which it is created. Social and political changes, cultural heritage, and personal identity-related questions shape the environment in which the artist creates. Along the history, dancers and choreographers have tried to provide an answer to the issues of their time or contribute to their cultural context either consciously or not. . Many of these creators have relied upon the art of choreography to endow with a voice or provide visibility to ideas or issues that defy the attitudes or oppressive ways in their communities or period. All these manifestations have contributed to the global evolution of dance. The course will focus on the history of Western forms of dance to explore all these connections in depth.

Music, using as references different historical periods and different world cultures, we will analyze how musicians create and perform their compositions as a human response to their social context, with the aim of transforming it.

This course on History of Theatre focuses on the relation between this art and social change. Using cases of study key to different Western history episodes, the students will explore the different artistic, political, and social forces which inspired artists and helped to shape the new, innovative theatrical forms, besides how these trends and genres have, in turn, modelled the cultural conscience and promoted social action.

Contemporary Performance Practice

A compulsory course for all Performing Arts and Social Equality specializations that will explore the role of the artist in contemporary society. Through case studies of leading contemporary performance artists, students will critically examine the aesthetic, social, and political value systems that have serve artists to create their work. Within this context, students will learn to recognize their own philosophy and belief system, thus adopting an approach to artistic creation driven by cultural awareness and personal choice.

Performing Arts and Community Exchange

This course is designed for students interested in merging social activism, dance/music/theater and teaching. Students will learn to use the performing arts as a tool for social change in settings such as senior centers, schools, and prisons. In the study sessions, students will learn to design class formats for these environments, while reinforcing their capacity for researching about individual teaching methods. 

Pedagogy

We cannot forget another important professional career prospect for our students. This is why at Artia we are very aware of the importance of education, of the transmission of knowledge and values, and the sensibility to learn to teach.

Senior Project

During the last High School year, students will develop an individual or collective project in their field of specialization.

CORE COURSES

DANCE

MUSIC

THEATRE