Fine Arts Academy

Curriculum Requirements

In addition to completing the coursework necessary to graduate under State of Texas and Austin Independent School District requirements, Fine Arts Academy majors must complete the contract requirements and expectations* for the Academy as well as for the major.  Academy majors are expected to not only achieve inside the classroom but also engage in outside-of-school opportunities.

Please note that this page is intended as a general descriptive outline of each course of study. Upon acceptance to the McCallum Fine Arts Academy, students and parents sign an Academy contract and a Major contract with a detailed course plan, outside-of-school requirements, and other expectations which is the document of record to graduate from the program.

As per the Major contract, every student must adhere to the requirements and expectations set forth as an Academy major.  Consistent passing grades, a grade of 80 or above in major coursework and a 70 or above in all other academic coursework, as well as exemplary attendance of 90% or above, and no serious behavior infractions are minimum expectations of Fine Arts Academy students.

When a student does not meet these minimum requirements, he/she is placed on probation.  In an effort to provide remediation opportunities for improvement, he/she is required to complete mandatory tutoring.  Ongoing issues over two consecutive grading periods will lead to Removal Warning, which means that he/she is now on “last chance” probation for that grading period.  Failure to make improvements will result in removal from the Fine Arts Academy, loss of graduating with the Fine Arts Academy honor and distinction, and revocation of transfer, as applicable.

FINE ARTS ACADEMY (ALL MAJORS)

  • Attend 1 after school/weekend Academy approved performance/exhibition not of your major every semester every year
  • Earn a minimum grade of 70 in every class, every six weeks grading period
  • Earn a minimum grade of 80 in all Fine Arts classes in my major
  • Maintain excellent school attendance of 90% or above and have no serious behavior infractions
  • Fulfill all requirements of my major as noted on the Major Contract, and
  • Graduate on the Distinguished Plan (any exception must be approved)

 

CHORAL STUDIES

CINEMATIC ARTS

DANCE

  • Academy dance course(s) every year (course placement determined by Directors)
  • One year of Technical Theatre – Recommended in 9th grade
  • One year of Ballet – Recommended in 10th grade
  • The Anatomy and Physiology Course – Recommended in 11th or 12th grade
  • Perform in the fall and spring faculty-directed Dance concerts every year. Please note that freshmen in the fall semester will work as “crew” for the Fall Dance Concert.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC: BAND

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC: CLASSICAL GUITAR

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC: COLLABORATIVE PIANO

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC: ORCHESTRA

THEATRE: ACTING

  • Theatre Arts course every year (Levels I-IV taken each year in sequence)
  • One year of Technical Theatre (Level I)
  • One year of Dance (can count as PE credit)
  • Participation as cast or crew in one faculty-directed show in the freshman year and two faculty-directed shows each following year.  These shows require attendance at all rehearsals, performances, tech calls as appropriate.

THEATRE: TECHNICAL

  • Technical Theatre course every year (Levels I-IV taken each year in sequence)
  • One year Theater Arts (Level I)
  • Art I – Recommended in 9th or 10th grade
  • Participation as technical crew in one faculty-directed show in the freshman year and two faculty-directed shows each following year. These shows require attendance at all tech calls, from the first production meeting through strike.

VISUAL ARTS

  • Art 1/Design
  • Four additional year-long Studio Art courses (min. 1 course every year; 2 honors level or Advanced Placement (AP))
  • AP Art History – Recommended in 12th grade
  • Visual Arts Scholastic Event (VASE,) or equivalent as determined by visual arts faculty team, every year
  • Senior Capstone project

MUSICAL THEATRE CERTIFICATE

The Musical Theatre Performance Certificate program is an add-on to a primary major in Choral Studies, Dance, or Theatre: Acting.  In addition to the required curriculum and expectations of each major as outlined on the major contract, students are expected to complete coursework as well as participate in MacTheatre musicals to graduate with the Certificate.  .

Choral Studies Major: Certificate Program Requirements

  • One year Theatre Arts – Recommended in 9th or 10th grade
  • One year Dance – Recommended in 9th or 10th grade
  • Two years of Musical Theatre – Recommended in 11th and 12th grade
  • Participation as cast in one faculty-directed musical each year*
  • Pay all theatre production fees

Dance Major: Certificate Program Requirements

  • One year Theatre Arts – Recommended in 9th or 10th grade
  • One year Choir – Recommended in 9th or 10th grade
  • Two years of Musical Theatre – Recommended in 11th and 12th grade
  • Participation as cast in one faculty-directed musical each year*
  • Pay all theatre production fees

Theatre: Acting Major: Certificate Program Requirements

  • One year Choir – Recommended in 9th or 10th grade
  • One year Dance – Recommended in 9th or 10th grade
  • Two years of Musical Theatre – Recommended in 11th and 12th grade
  • Participation as cast in one faculty-directed musical each year*
  • Pay all theatre production fees

*Please note that these are the minimum requirements for each strand. Most Fine Arts Academy students participate in numerous electives, both within and outside their major.  Also, these requirements do not encompass all expectations as listed on the contracts.  All requirements are subject to change.

**Several Fine Arts courses are double-blocked, meaning the course takes up two class periods in the students’ schedules. Our experience is that even the most ambitious students wishing to take the most rigorous academic course load available can successfully complete all needed/wanted courses. Also, to allow room in the schedule during the regular school year, students can take summer school, “zero” hour classes, and/or dual credit through our partnership with Austin Community College if needed.

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