The goal of the Arts and Humanities Department is to foster the growth of the Renaissance person. In order to encourage students to emulate role models such as DaVinci, Galileo and Michelangelo, and to be both independent and global thinkers, students are offered a variety of required and optional courses.
- Cycle One-Year One: compulsory one half-year course of Art and one half-year course of Music.
- Cycle One-Year Two: compulsory one full-year option, Art or Music.
- Cycle Two-Year One: compulsory one two-year arts option (Art, Theatre Arts or Music) and one “other” two-year option such as: Classics, Computer Programming, Media Studies, History.
- Cycle Two-Year Two: students continue with the two, two-year options selected in Cycle Two-Year One.
- Cycle Two-Year Three: for students who choose the Humanities Option (rather than the Science Option), selection of three courses from options such as: Art, Computer Graphics, Computer Programming, Culinary Arts, Media History, Media Production, Philosophy, Psychology and World Geography. The courses offered may differ from year to year.
ART Cycle One-Year One
This introductory, compulsory one-semester course encourages students to express themselves creatively and visually. Students are introduced to basic visual language and principles of design through a variety of studio projects and free drawings. The tablet is introduced as a drawing tool the students can use to explore, create and appreciate their own works of art.
ART Cycle One-Year Two
Students continue their exploration of the visual arts and learn the skill of observational drawing, from still life to portraits, landscapes, gesture drawing, negative space and sighting. Through digital media such as the tablet and Photoshop, students learn to manipulate image and colour and work in different media and continue free drawing. Students study art history from the medieval period to the late 18th Century and complete research and quizzes.
ART Cycle Two-Year One and Cycle Two-Year Two
The program is divided into independent studio work and art history. Students complete two studio projects from among colour works, drawings and sculptures. While most work occurs during class time, students are expected to complete assignments at home.
YEAR ONE: Along with studio work, students examine the history of Modern Western Art, from the Impressionists of the mid-19th Century to the Pop artists of the mid-20th. Students continue work on portfolio free drawings and begin to evaluate their own progress. There are research assignments and quizzes.
YEAR TWO: Along with studio work, students examine the unusual world of 20th and 21st Century Postmodern Art. They develop their skills as conceptual artists, with the portfolio reflecting personal exploration. Students write a culminating artist statement, complete research and write quizzes. Students are encouraged to enter the Senior Art Competition that coincides with the Festival of the Arts and Humanities.
ART Cycle Two-Year Three
Students follow an advanced studio art program developed in Great Britain and work on a single studio project for much of the year, developing ideas, researching, critiquing their own work and that of their classmates. They also do a year-end assigned studio project and an artist statement and prepare a C.E.G.E.P. level application portfolio.
ART: ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN Cycle Two-Year One and Cycle Two-Year Two
YEAR ONE: The course introduces students to historical trends of architecture and the architects driving these trends. The first year covers ancient, classical, medieval, European and Eastern architecture. The class is largely project-driven. Various methods of artistic expression include drawing, sculpting, modeling and technological arts. Students research and present findings and should be independently motivated in long-term projects.
YEAR TWO: Utilizing the same approach and methods as the first year of the course, the second year covers modern and post-modern architectural design. It also includes study of modern building practices, as well as the principles of structural and aesthetic design of buildings and spaces using CAD software. A comprehensive final project acts as a capstone to the two years of study.
ARTS - DRAMATIC SPEECH Cycle Two-Year Three
Dramatic speech is a compulsory art course designed to instill in students self-confidence, poise and advanced skills in public speaking. Students compose and, in front of their peers, present a variety of short speeches, which feature expressive dramatic elements and personal resources.
CLASSICS Cycle Two-Year One and Cycle Two-Year Two
YEAR ONE: The Cycle Two-Year One Classics course is designed to provide students with a thorough introduction to the history of the ancient Greeks. Western civilization is based on political, artistic, and intellectual principles, which can be traced from the modern Western world to medieval Europe, from medieval Europe to ancient Rome, and from Rome to ancient Greece. The course begins in pre-history and charts the rise of civilization in Greece, from Homer’s Mycenaeans, to the Golden Age of Athens, and culminates with the spread of Hellenic culture into Asia with Alexander the Great. An in-depth study of classical mythology is also a feature of the course.
YEAR TWO: This course traces the 1200-year development of classical Roman history from legendary beginnings in the 8th century B.C. through the Republic and Empire stages to the decline and fall amid the rise of Christianity and barbarian invasions in the 5th century A.D. The Roman military, civil engineering, codification of law, architecture, foreign policy, constitutional and political forms are highlighted along with major historical figures and events. The course also focuses on the rise and expansion of early Christianity. Throughout the course, a constant theme is that Roman history is a formative cornerstone of the Western ideological legacy.
COMPUTER PROGRAMMING Cycle Two-Year One and Cycle Two-Year Two
YEAR ONE: Students learn basic programming skills using Microsoft Visual Basic programming. Students work with online examples and complete a series of small projects. Students design, develop and publish their own software applications.
YEAR TWO: Building on the work in Cycle Two-Year One, students learn higher level programming skills, working with online examples and small projects. Students design, develop and publish their own websites and web-based applications.
COMPUTER GRAPHICS Cycle Two-Year Three
Students will become immersed in the world of graphic design, photo editing, and web-based media. They will study the techniques used by professional media producers, analyze their effectiveness, and develop their own strategies to implement successful media-based communications. The students will use Adobe Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver, and InDesign to expand their creative horizons in the digital world.
CULINARY ARTS Cycle Two-Year Three
Students learn and improve basic cooking techniques and skills through hands-on meal preparation. Using the school’s kitchens, students learn proper and safe use of cooking materials and utensils, advance preparation, specific cooking techniques, recipe terms and kitchen clean-up. Recipes selected reflect the interests and tastes of the students, although they will be challenged to explore new taste experiences from different cultures. Students are required to shop for ingredients at least one cycle per year. Students will eat the meals they prepare; there is a fee not greater than $12 per cycle to cover ingredients. Evaluation is portfolio based.
INDUSTRIAL ARTS Cycle Two-Year Three
Industrial Arts provides an introduction to the use of shop equipment and building techniques. Topics include basic drafting, shop safety and the opportunity to construct a variety of small individual and group projects in different materials such as wood, metal and plastic. Throughout this course students identify and describe the safe use of some basic hand and power tools. They learn basic drafting skills to produce both 2D and 3D drawings.
JOURNALISM Cycle Two-Year One
Through the analysis of various media texts, Cycle Two-Year One Journalism students will participate in the search for truth. The class will engage in a diverse array of news media and information technology, and will use the techniques learned to create their own influential work – including e-zines, news articles, and investigative video reports. Key concepts to be covered: bias, perspective, journalistic integrity, interviewing strategies, and the evolution of the industry.
JOURNALISM Cycle Two-Year Two
The Cycle Two-Year Two Journalism course is the second of a two-year program designed to build on the basic journalism skills that students were introduced to and developed in the Cycle Two-Year One class. The program emphasizes the training of writers, reporters and editors for the news media — newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and digital media. The course also seeks to prepare and guide students interested in pursuing careers in a wide range of informational and interpretive multimedia environments, giving students a working knowledge of the skills, concepts, values and ethics needed to succeed as professional communicators.
INTRODUCTION TO LAW Cycle Two-Year Three
This is a survey course in which students will be introduced to fundamental legal concepts and processes and to the various legal systems that influence their everyday lives. Topics will include the philosophy of law and its role in society as well as the practicalities of criminal law, constitutional law, copyright law and contract law. Through reading and class discussion, students will be asked to apply critical thinking skills to these concepts in a number of ways, with an emphasis on persuasive argument. Evaluation for this class is based on reading quizzes, written work, a mock trial, and one major assignment per term.
MEDIA STUDIES Cycle Two-Year One and Cycle Two-Year Two
YEAR ONE: Students look critically at various media, which use still images to influence human behaviour. These media include magazines, newspapers, billboards, the internet, etc. Students explore the content of messages and learn specific techniques used to influence others. Students learn to evaluate the accuracy and motives of media, reflect on the content of messages from an ethical point of view, and produce media (using still images and text) themselves with the goal of promoting social justice and human rights.
YEAR TWO: The second year of the course is designed to educate students on becoming responsible digital citizens. The course content will exclusively cover online media texts. Topics that will be explored include: gaming, social media, security, advertising, privacy, and technological evolution and innovation. The course will help students become more aware of their digital footprints and will provide the opportunity for students to share their knowledge with the broader school community.
MEDIA PRODUCTION Cycle Two-Year Three
In this hands-on media production course, students learn to use the techniques, codes and conventions of the moving image to create their own short films. The course explores how popular culture has been and is influenced by film and how media makers influence individuals’ thoughts, actions and values. Using the school’s camera and editing equipment and working in groups, students will produce their own short DVDs using the language of film. From story boards, through rough cuts, to final edited versions, students create original films in a variety of genres focusing on a social justice theme.
FILM HISTORY Cycle Two-Year Three
Students explore the evolution of film and the influence it has on modern society. From the pioneering early films of over one hundred years ago to the blockbusters of today, students examine specific genres of films such as comedy, science fiction, war, documentary, as well as independent films. The course explores subjects such as the progression of film technology, the power of propaganda and the history of censorship. Students screen a variety of films in class as “active” viewers; they examine themes of social justice, contextualize the historical impact of the films and make connections to contemporary media messages. Evaluation for this course is comprised of written assignments, quizzes, research projects and at least one major paper.
MUSIC Cycle One-Year One
This course is compulsory for all Cycle One-Year One students. It lasts one semester and is complimented by a one semester compulsory art course. Students receive a general introduction to the basics of music theory and performance using the recorder to teach these basic skills. Students are taught the skills required to better appreciate music as listeners and performers. They are exposed to the wind instruments of the orchestra, using this exposure to better appreciate music. This exposure is also meant as an introduction to the instruments they may choose to play should they be accepted into the Cycle One-Year Two band class.
MUSIC Cycle One-Year Two
Students implement the skills developed in the Cycle One-Year One introductory music program. They are taught to play various instruments that make up a wind ensemble (flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone, tuba, drums and the electric bass). As well, they learn ensemble conventions required in order to develop the cohesion required in a large musical ensemble. They continue to learn music theory but always with a practical application vis-a-vis their performance on instruments. The students develop their skills on their instruments individually and with an ensemble in anticipation of their first public performance at the year-end concert.
MUSIC Cycle Two-Year One and Cycle Two-Year Two
YEAR ONE: Students apply the theory and performance techniques developed in Cycle One-Year Two in developing their skills on the various band instruments that make up a wind ensemble. Students are exposed to repertoire of a higher caliber where their individual technical and intellectual capacities are challenged. Music appreciation is taught as an integral part of the performing skills. They learn to appreciate various genres of music playing rather than studying the musical repertoire. Students are assigned research projects to obtain a better knowledge and appreciation of the history of the instrument they play and important composers and virtuosos who contributed to the instrument’s evolution.
YEAR TWO: Students apply the theory and performance techniques developed in Cycle Two-Year One in furthering their skills on the various band instruments that make up a wind ensemble. Their individual technical and intellectual capacities are further challenged. Students are encouraged to learn additional instruments and they have the opportunity to play at a higher level with the Concert or Jazz Bands in the extra-curricular program. Students also work on projects designed to expose them to music of different eras.
MUSIC AND SOCIETY Cycle Two-Year Three
Students will explore music and the influence it continues to have on society and culture, examine various genres, time periods, and learn the codes and conventions of each. Specifically, students will reflect on various songs, albums, soundtracks, artists’ background, the song writing process, album art, media (music videos, live concert performance, radio, film, advertisement, etc.) music history, socio-political musical movements and music as counter-culture. Students will further develop their skills in critical formal analysis. This course will use a cross-curricular disciplinary approach to examine music through the humanities, language arts (literary analysis and creative writing), visual arts, media, sociology, history, and political science. Evaluation for this course is comprised of written assignments, presentations, quizzes, reflective writing, work habits, and active participation.
PHILOSOPHY Cycle Two-Year Three
This is a beginner level survey course into Western Philosophy. The goal is to introduce the student to the history and development of the Western Philosophical tradition. Specific thinkers and issues from each of the four historical eras of Western philosophy - ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary - are considered in general, rather than detailed terms. Underlying themes are the relationship between philosophy and other disciplines, such as science, art and religion, and how philosophic thinking differs from other types of thinking.
INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING Cycle Two-Year One and Cycle Two-Year Two
YEAR ONE: The first year of the course introduces students to the engineering design process, as well as the fields of drafting, structural and mechanical engineering. Students engage in the design and construction of prototypes and learn to appropriately build connections between moving and non-moving parts. Projects include building structures, vehicles and robots. The course is STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics) and project-based, with emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and collaboration.
YEAR TWO: In a continuation of year one, students study more advanced concepts in mechanical engineering, while incorporating aspects of computer programming and electrical engineering. There is an increased reliance on digital technology, including the use of programming software and Computer-Aided Design (CAD). Basic hand tools are used for the construction of more advanced projects, such as robotic arms and appendages. Projects may also include precision vinyl cutting and/or three-dimensional printing.
EXERCISE SCIENCE Cycle Two-Year One and Cycle Two-Year Two
Exercise Science is a discipline that studies the application of scientific principles and techniques with the aim of improving sports performance. The course incorporates areas of exercise physiology, psychology, motor control and biomechanics, and includes other topics such as nutrition, diet, and performance analysis. This course contains both practical and theoretical content, requires classroom and gymnasium, field, track, weight room time and has cross-curricular benefits in science, math, P.E., and media, as well as a focus on leadership and mentoring. An interest in playing sports alone is not enough to do well in this course. Ability in areas such as Science, Math and English will be necessary as well. The skills and knowledge learned in this course will promote healthy lifestyle habits.
EXERCISE SCIENCE Cycle Two-Year Three
The course incorporates exercise physiology, psychology, motor control and biomechanics, and includes topics such as nutrition and performance analysis. The course focuses on advance biology concepts and the study of human movement, and factors that influence physical performance and human health and includes both classroom and gymnasium/field/track/weight room time. The course is an extension of the Cycle Two- Year One and Year Two courses, however, involvement in these is not a prerequisite.
THEATRE ARTS Cycle Two-Year One and Cycle Two-Year Two
YEAR ONE: At this level, the Theatre Arts option is primarily a hands-on course which encourages the students to discover and develop their physical, emotional, intellectual and intuitive/creative skills by becoming involved in all aspects of the theatre, from acting to production. The classroom activities focus on individual and group movement, voice, characterization, improvisation and the writing of monologues, skits and one-act plays. The students are also obliged to demonstrate their skills (as actors, techies, directors, writers and the like) during the annual “Festival of the Arts.”
YEAR TWO: At this level, the Theatre Arts option continues to use modified forms of those classroom activities suggested in the Theatre Arts Cycle Two-Year One program, but adds units on character study and script-writing. The Cycle Two-Year Two Theatre Arts students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Loyola Drama productions.
WORLD GEOGRAPHY Cycle Two-Year Three
World Geography is a course designed to expand the knowledge and skills that students acquired in Cycle One. Its global objective is to help students understand the geographic organization of the world. Students look at how human beings have organized or settled different areas on Earth. Increasingly, different cultures and societies must interact and live on our planet, which inevitably has an effect on us and on our environment. This course focuses on the study of human geography, but also looks at physical geography.
HISTORY OF WORLD WAR I and WORLD WAR II Cycle Two-Year One and Cycle Two-Year Two
YEAR ONE: The First World War was one of the most important events of the 20th century. This course examines the war from a global perspective, beginning with the relative peace that existed at the turn of the century and concluding with the collapse of four major empires by 1919. Key topics will include the weapons of war, important battles at the Somme, Verdun and Passchendaele, and the Treaty of Versailles, which many blame to be the precursor to World War II.
YEAR TWO: World War II killed more people, involved more nations and cost more money than any other war in history and it was the world’s first truly global war, involving over 70 nations in all corners of the world. Students will learn about World War II from a global perspective including the study of the background, key events and results of the war. Topics include the growth of the Nazi movement in Germany, the Holocaust, and the development and use of the world’s first atomic bomb.