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Major Sequence CoursesHalf Year ElectivesRecommended Sequence of Courses

It is recommended that courses be taken in suggested sequences. Studio Art & Design and Media Art & Design each fulfill the Fine Arts Graduation Requirement, and either is a prerequisite for the full year Art electives. A 5-unit visual art and design sequence must include Studio or Media Art & Design followed by Drawing & Painting. Students taking art and design courses are encouraged to keep a portfolio of their work.

Major Sequence Courses

711 Studio Art & Design E712 Media Art & Design713 Drawing and Painting (P)742 Advanced Art & Design 1 E (P)743 UHS Advanced Art & Design 2 E (P)760 UHS Advanced Art & Design 3 E (P) 

711 Studio Art & Design E

Full Year – 1 Unit

Studio Art and Design is an introductory course exploring the elements and principles of design and the variety of course offerings available in the art department. The student will be exposed to drawing, painting, sculpture, electronic media and ceramics, among others. Art appreciation, the history of art, art and design careers and the delivery of cultural heritages will be included. This course is required of all students planning to have a sequence in art, and it meets the art graduation requirement. This course provides a broad, general background in the visual arts.

712 Media Art & Design

Full Year – 1 Unit

Media Art and Design is an introductory course exploring the elements and principles of design and the variety of course offerings available in the art department, with a strong emphasis in Digital Media. The student will be exposed to digital photography, graphic design, animation, film and video, along with some foundational work in traditional media of drawing, painting and sculpture. 3D imaging and printing will also be explored. Creating works of art using digital media offers the student exposure to a range of software programs, including the Adobe Creative Suite, iMovie, iStop motion, among others. Art appreciation, the history of art, art and design careers and the connection to cultural heritages will be included. This course, or Studio Art and Design is required of all students planning to have a sequence in art, and it meets the art graduation requirement. This course provides a broad, general background in the visual media arts.

713 Drawing and Painting (P)

Full Year – 1 Unit

Prerequisite: Studio or Media Art and Design.

This full-year course will encourage students to develop visual awareness through the study of basic drawing and painting skills. Areas of study will include contour line, rendering, perspective, portrait and figure drawing. The course will investigate a variety of techniques and media including pencil, charcoal, ink, pastel, tempera, watercolor and acrylic. The observational drawing skills developed in this class are desirable for architecture and art and design portfolios.

742 Advanced Art & Design 1 E (P)

Full Year – 1 Unit

Prerequisite: Studio or Media Art and Design and a FSM of 90 or higher in Drawing & Painting or permission of the Department Supervisor.

This 3rd full year art course in the sequence is designed to improve artistic skills and facilitate the transition from high school art to college-level study. Students will receive intensive support and direction to develop skills emphasizing drawing, color, design, spatial representation, and expressive content. Students will be introduced to the work of numerous artists and art historical periods, as well as creative careers and college programs. Students are expected to participate in field trips as part of required course curriculum.

743 UHS Advanced Art & Design 2 E (P)

Full Year – 1 Unit

Prerequisite: A FSM of 85 or higher in Advanced Art and Design 1. 

This course is designed for the highly motivated art student who has demonstrated ability and achievement in Art and Design 1, who is interested in advanced study in a variety of art media. Students will be exposed to artist styles and art historical periods through project work.  Portfolio presentation, college programs and career guidance will be stressed. Students are expected to participate in field trips as part of required course curriculum and will complete a summer assignment. This course earns three Sage College of Albany transcript credits for students who choose this option. A tuition fee is required.

760 UHS Advanced Art & Design 3 E (P)

Full Year – 1 Unit

Prerequisite: For seniors only. A FSM of 85 or higher in UHS Advanced Art and Design 2 OR Advanced Art and Design 1 with summer pre-college study and permission of Department Supervisor.

In this course, students work to produce a portfolio of between 20-30 works, assembled in part with major works completed in the prerequisite courses. Students will be expected to complete project work during the summer and are expected to participate in field trips related to course curriculum. They will also plan, organize and install an end-of-the-year art show. This course earns three Sage College of Albany transcript credits. A tuition fee is required.  This course may also be taken for AP Studio Art Credit. An AP fee is also required for this option.

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Half Year Electives

727 Fashion Illustration E737 Advanced Fashion Illustration E (P)715 Painting E745 Advanced Painting E (P)722 Ceramics 1 (Hand Built) E752 Advanced Ceramics 1 E (P)723 Ceramics 2 (Intro to Wheelwork) E753 Advanced Ceramics 2 E (P)717 3D Design E747 Advanced 3D Design E (P)714 UHS Metal and Jewelry Design E744 UHS Advanced Metal and Jewelry Design E (P)720 Spatial & Interior Design E730 UHS Advanced Spatial & Interior Design E (P)719 Graphic Design E749 UHS Advanced Graphic Design E (P)729 Animation and Cartooning E739 Advanced Animation and Cartooning E (P)724 Digital Photography E726 UHS Advanced Digital Photography E (P)728 Digital Film & Video E758 Advanced Digital Film & Video E (P)759 UHS Art History E (P)738 Art & Design Foundations 1748 Art & Design Foundations 2 

727 Fashion Illustration E

Either Semester – 1/2 Unit

In this course students will develop drawing skills as they relate to illustration in many forms. Figure proportions, fashion styles and costume design will be covered, as well as illustration for books, magazines, product designs, greeting cards, the web, and other applications. Exposure to and handling of various art materials is also a course objective.

737 Advanced Fashion Illustration E (P)

Either Semester – 1/2 Unit

Prerequisite: A grade of 85 or higher in Fashion Illustration. 

In class with Fashion Illustration students, those at the next level will work on a variety of illustrative drawings developing figure proportions and handling of art materials. Students will build on the skills learned at the introductory level in the areas of fashion design and illustration. Exposure to media arts for illustration work will be introduced.

715 Painting E

Either Semester – 1/2 Unit

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop an understanding and appreciation for painting in acrylic and watercolor. The student will be introduced to the work of master painters and the history of painting, as well as contemporary artwork. The student will develop skills and techniques associated with painting media. Drawing skills are important and will be stressed when planning and developing compositions. Students will work with still life, landscape and the human figure.

745 Advanced Painting E (P)

Either Semester – 1/2 Unit

Prerequisite: A grade of 85 or higher in Painting.

In class with beginning painting students, those at next level will also work in both acrylic and watercolor media. Higher level criteria will be involved in painting assignments. Students will develop several paintings exploring themes with evidence of research in Art History, cultures and contemporary artists.

722 Ceramics 1 (Hand Built) E

First Semester – 1/2 Unit

Students will create work in pinch, coil and slab methods of clay construction. Students will complete a variety of hand-built projects based on techniques and styles from a number of cultures and periods of art history and contemporary art. Surface treatment, glazing and kiln firing will be covered.

752 Advanced Ceramics 1 E (P)

First Semester – 1/2 Unit

Prerequisite: A grade of 85 or higher in Ceramics 1.

In class with Ceramics 1 students, students at the next level will work to further explore coil and slab construction techniques. New methods and techniques for hand building will also be introduced and explored. Higher level criteria will be involved in ceramics assignments.  Students will be introduced to the art of several well-known ceramic artists and sculptors, and may learn how to combine clay with other media such as wood, metal, glass, and fibers.

723 Ceramics 2 (Intro to Wheelwork) E

Second Semester – 1/2 Unit

This course allows students the opportunity to work with clay on the pottery wheel. In addition students will explore advanced coil and slab building techniques while learning sculptural methods. These projects will be rooted in the styles and techniques of well-known traditional and contemporary ceramic artists and sculptors.

753 Advanced Ceramics 2 E (P)

Second Semester – 1/2 Unit

Prerequisite: A grade of 85 or higher in Ceramics 2

In class with beginning wheelwork students, advanced students will work on a variety of challenging hand built and wheel projects. Higher level criteria will be involved in ceramics 2 assignments. The emphasis of this course will be the pottery wheel. Students will learn several techniques for creating a variety of exciting forms on the wheel. Students will be introduced to work of well-known sculptors and ceramic artists.

717 3D Design E

Either Semester – 1/2 Unit

This course will guide the student toward a better understanding and appreciation of sculpture. The students will explore the three-dimensional relationships of volume, mass, form and surface treatment. Sculpture materials such as clay, wood, wire, plaster, glass and paper will be utilized. Work of contemporary sculptors will be introduced, in addition to the history of this 3D art form.

747 Advanced 3D Design E (P)

Either Semester – 1/2 Unit

Prerequisite: A grade of 85 or higher in 3D Design. 

In class with first-time 3D Design students, advanced students will continue an in-depth exploration of various materials as they relate to volume, mass, and form. Higher level criteria will be involved in sculpture assignments. Students will be expected to research artists and styles for each sculpture completed during the semester.

714 UHS Metal and Jewelry Design E

Either Semester – 1/2 Unit

Students will create small metal art forms of personal adornment. Students will design and produce jewelry using traditional metal smith techniques such as piercing, sawing, filing, polishing, soldering, and copper enameling. Students will consider the aesthetic qualities and functionality of their jewelry designs. Metal and jewelry design work involves developing drawing and design skills. Students taking this course may earn college credit. A tuition fee is required for this option.

744 UHS Advanced Metal and Jewelry Design E (P)

Either Semester – 1/2 Unit

Prerequisite: A grade of 85 or higher in Metal and Jewelry Design.

In class with first-time students, advanced students will build on the skills learned in Metal & Jewelry Design. New techniques will be learned as well, such as cold connections, like rivets and tabs.  Higher level criteria will be involved in advanced assignments. There is a heavy emphasis on drawing and design skills, and self-driven research to develop design ideas is expected. Students taking this course may earn additional college credit. A tuition fee is required for this option.

720 Spatial & Interior Design E

Either Semester – 1/2 Unit

This course will provide students the opportunity to explore and develop concepts of space, form, and three-dimensional problem solving techniques used when designing room interiors. Students will incorporate the elements and principles of design that shape relationships between people and their environments. Focus will be on developing drawing, sketching and modeling skills as they relate to linear perspective and the conceptual design of interior spaces people inhabit for living, working and recreation.

730 UHS Advanced Spatial & Interior Design E (P)

Either Semester – 1/2 Unit

Prerequisite: A grade of 85 or higher in Spatial & Interior Design

In class with beginning students, advanced students will further explore concepts of space, form, and three-dimensional problem-solving techniques used in interior design. Higher level criteria will be involved in advanced assignments. Continued development of drawing, sketching, modeling, and linear perspective skills will support conceptual design of interior spaces for living, working and recreation. Students taking this course may earn college credit. If approved, a tuition fee is required for this option.

719 Graphic Design E

Either Semester – 1/2 Unit

This course will introduce the student to skills and design techniques used by commercial artists working with Adobe Creative Suite software. In this course, students will learn about typography, logo, product, and publication design. Students will use problem solving, with design and computer skills to communicate visual messages with text in graphic design compositions. The class often works with local companies and the school district to create logos, billboards, t-shirts, and publications used in the community.

749 UHS Advanced Graphic Design E (P)

Either Semester – 1/2 Unit

Prerequisite: A grade of 85 or higher in Graphic Design. 

In class with first-time Graphic Design students, students at the next level will further develop the graphic design related techniques learned at the introductory level. Higher level criteria will be involved in design assignments. Adobe Creative Suite software will be used to create projects for print. Students will continue to develop a portfolio of Graphic Design work. Emphasis will be placed on developing drawing skills related to designs. Advanced students are eligible for college credit. A tuition fee is required.

729 Animation and Cartooning E

Either Semester – 1/2 Unit

In this course, students will study the art and history of cartooning and animation. The primary focus is on drawing through storyboarding, cartooning, and idea and character development.  Figure drawing and proportion are important aspects of the drawings. Animation projects will include media arts equipment and stop-action animation techniques including video editing using current animation software.

739 Advanced Animation and Cartooning E (P)

Either Semester – 1/2 Unit

Prerequisite: A grade of 85 or higher in Animation and Cartooning. 

In class with Intro Animation and Cartooning students, advanced students will work on a variety of cartoon drawings, developing characters and figure proportions, as well as explore a more in-depth use of animation software programs to create short animated films. Higher level criteria will be involved in advanced assignments. Students will build on the skills learned at the introductory level in the areas of cartooning and animation.

724 Digital Photography E

Either Semester – 1/2 Unit

This course will introduce students to the study of manipulating and digitally enhancing photographic images. Students will learn the functions and manual settings of a DSLR camera. They will sign a contract and be responsible for district equipment. Using Adobe Photoshop, students will work with photographs on the computer and apply the elements and principles of art to create aesthetically strong art compositions using the software tools. Access to a digital camera of at least 4.0 mega pixels and a 16GB flash drive is strongly recommended. Work of historical and contemporary photographers will be used as inspiration.

726 UHS Advanced Digital Photography E (P)

Either Semester – 1/2 Unit

Prerequisite: A grade of 85 or higher in Digital Photography. 

In class with Intro Digital Photography students, students at the next level will work with the digital camera and build on their photo manipulation software skills. Students will compose photographs that solve design problems that create strong art compositions rich in the use of the elements and principles of art/design. Students will sign a contract and be responsible for district equipment. Access to a digital camera of at least 4.0 mega pixels and a 16GB flash drive is strongly recommended. Higher level criteria will be involved in advanced assignments. Advanced students are eligible for college credit. A tuition fee is required.

728 Digital Film & Video E

Either Semester – 1/2 Unit

This course is designed to introduce students to the creative aspects of film making and video as an art form. Students will learn to use film language both as a viewer and as a creator. Students will become skilled in film and video production, including script writing, designing a story board, camera handling, filming, editing, and utilizing sound. Students will create and show their own films demonstrating original ideas. The history of film and the work of well-known film and video artists will be covered. Students will sign a contract and be responsible for district equipment.

758 Advanced Digital Film & Video E (P)

Either Semester – 1/2 Unit

Prerequisite: A grade of 85 or higher in Digital Film and Video. 

In class with Intro Film and Video students, advanced level students will work on challenging projects that will further develop their cinematic skills. Students will watch, critique and review classic films and learn how to use movie editing and music composition software in preparation for creating their own individual films. Higher level criteria will be involved in advanced assignments. Students will sign a contract and be responsible for district equipment.

759 UHS Art History E (P)

Either Semester – 1/2 Unit

Prerequisite: FSM of 85 or higher in Regents level English and Regents level Social Studies.

This course is an introductory college course that surveys great works of art, artists, and art historical movements from prehistory to the present. Works of painting, sculpture, architecture, and decorative arts will be used to make analytic comparisons and explore the relationship between these works and the cultures that made them. Students will experience, research, and write about art and architecture throughout time. Students are eligible for college credit. A tuition fee is required. This course is ideal as preparation for AP Art History.

738 Art & Design Foundations 1

Full Year – 1 Unit

Supervisor Recommendation Required

This course will build students’ knowledge about cultures and society, develop interpersonal skills, aptitudes and abilities in handling a range of materials to create art and design products.  Students will create and collaborate on artwork through an exploration of a variety of 2D and 3D media to master foundational skills and competencies. Students will learn from one another, developing problem solving skills, and building a sense of community in the classroom and beyond. They will develop artistic purpose and communicate intent through project work.  Learning how to think about and respond to art and how it connects to cultures and society will an important theme of the course.

748 Art & Design Foundations 2

Full Year – 1 Unit

Supervisor Recommendation Required

This course will continue to develop students’ knowledge about cultures and society. Students will continue to focus on effective interpersonal skills, aptitudes and abilities in handling a range of materials to create art and design products. Students will create and collaborate on artwork through an exploration of a variety of 2D and 3D media to reinforce and master skills and competencies. Students will learn from one another, develop problem solving skills, and contribute to a sense of community in the classroom and beyond. They will continue to develop artistic purpose and communicate intent through project work. Learning how to think about and respond to art and how it connects to cultures and society will be further expanded.

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Recommended Sequence of Courses

Recommended Sequence of Courses in Art & Design to prepare for admission to college programs in Visual and Media Arts. Other art electives are strongly encouraged in addition to those listed below to enhance the student’s portfolio and may be taken as space in their schedule allows.

Sequence 1

  • 8th Grade: Studio Art & Design (Accelerated) OR Media Art & Design (Accelerated)
  • 9th Grade: Drawing & Painting
  • 10th Grade: Advanced Art & Design 1
  • 11th Grade: UHS Advanced Art & Design 2
  • 12th Grade: UHS Advanced Art & Design 3, UHS Art History

Sequence 2

  • 9th Grade: Studio Art & Design OR Media Art & Design
  • 10th Grade: Drawing & Painting
  • 11th Grade: Advanced Art & Design 1
  • 12th Grade: UHS Advanced Art & Design 2, UHS Art History

Sequence 3

  • 8th Grade: Studio Art & Design (Accelerated) OR Media Art & Design (Accelerated)
  • 9th Grade: Drawing & Painting
  • 10th Grade: Any of the half year Art & Design electives offered as an introductory and advanced option, in addition to UHS Art History
  • 11th Grade: Any of the half year Art & Design electives offered as an introductory and advanced option, in addition to UHS Art History. Application for an Independent Study in any elective area may follow successful completion of the intro and advanced level of any art & design elective.
  • 12th Grade: Any of the half year Art & Design electives offered as an introductory and advanced option, in addition to UHS Art History. Application for an Independent Study in any elective area may follow successful completion of the intro and advanced level of any art & design elective.

Sequence 4

  • 9th Grade: Studio Art & Design, Media Art & Design
  • 10th Grade: Any of the half year Art & Design electives offered as an introductory and advanced option, in addition to UHS Art History.
  • 11th Grade: Any of the half year Art & Design electives offered as an introductory and advanced option, in addition to UHS Art History. Application for an Independent Study in any elective area may follow successful completion of the intro and advanced level of any art & design elective.
  • 12th Grade: Any of the half year Art & Design electives offered as an introductory and advanced option, in addition to UHS Art History. Application for an Independent Study in any elective area may follow successful completion of the intro and advanced level of any art & design elective.

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