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The STEAM Department (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math) is comprised of instruction in visual arts, media arts, theater, music, engineering, design and computer science. The Department adopts an interdisciplinary approach to learning that develops critical thinking and creativity using state of the art technology, fully equipped art and sculpture studio, engineering and fabrication lab, computer science lab and music studio. Students will create their own projects in robotics, visual and fine arts, documentary film, computer programming, engineering and design. Beginning with freshman year, all students are required to take a full year of coursework in STEAM which can be followed by electives within individual disciplines in sophomore, junior and senior years.

STEM

Integrated Design Engineering and the Arts

688/689 Integrated Design, Engineering and the Arts

Grade: 9

Credit: 1.0

Full Year

Course Description: This course will focus on how the artist, filmmaker, engineer, and computer scientist can shape audience perspective and how social context can influence each of these fields. Students will take two sequences of the Steam class; the first will be either a cross collaborative course between art and media, or an engineering sequence. The engineering sequence will be a cross-collaborative course between integrated computing and design and fabrication. Both sequences will end in a collaborative project between the two content areas focused on during the semester.

Media Arts

Journalism

677 Journalism

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5 (Fall and Spring Semester)

Course Description: News Literacy changes the way students seek information online and consume news in the 21st Century. Students learn to identify the purpose and motivation of news media, assess marks of quality journalism, distinguish between fact and opinion, and apply the First Amendment to modern day media production. With support from the News Literacy Project, students also gain hands-on experience through field trips to local news organizations and guest journalist visits.

Film Production Fundamentals

678 Film Production Fundamentals

Grade: 9 ,10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5 (Fall and Spring Semesters)

Prerequisite: None

Course Description: Film Production takes an analytical and hands-on approach to the study of film production through film screenings, lecture, discussion, writing assignments, and production projects. By the end of the course, students will be able to shoot and edit a short film using Final Cut Pro X. The first part of the semester will be spent studying the production process, storyboarding, basic camera functions, shooting technique, and film editing; the second part of the semester will be spent on script writing and film analysis. Students will be required to complete several production projects during class time and outside of class throughout the semester.

Screen Writing and Genre Study

679 Screen Writing and Genre Study

Grade: 9,10,11,12

Credit: 0.5 (Spring Semester)

Prerequisite: Film Production Fundamentals

Course Description: This course takes an analytical and hands-on approach to the study of film genres through analysis and production projects that focus on how narrative conventions impact the way we film. By the end of the course, students will be able to create meaning, tone, and emotion through a silent film, build suspense in a horror film, and write an extended script for a short, television mini-series. The course takes a collaborative approach to film production in which students will also 46 learn how to operate and plan on a production team.

Documentary Filmmaking

680 Documentary Filmmaking

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5 (Spring Semester)

Prerequisite: Film Production Fundamentals

Course Description: In Documenting Film Making, students will study the filming and editing conventions of documentary filmmaking, how to create a documentary treatment, and how to develop an essential question and form a digital argument. Students will produce a final documentary that tells the story of non-profit organization and cause in Chicago. Students will also be required to complete 5 service hours at their non-profit organization. Students will work closely with the teacher throughout the semester to create projects that can be used in their college portfolio. This course is specifically targeted for students who want to pursue film, media studies, journalism, or marketing at the college level.

Computer Science

Multimedia and App Design

704 Multimedia and App Design

Grade: 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Connected Learning (CP).

Course Description: Students will develop proficiency in the planning and layout of multimedia presentations and web design through image/video editing. Also, students will learn basic programming skills to build actual software, game, phone, and iPad apps. Students will learn the new programming language of Swift for writing programs of iOS and OSX app development through XCode. The class is individual and group based intended to develop teamwork and communication skills.

Introduction to Computer Science

709 Introduction to Computer Science

Grade: 9,10,11,12

Credit: 0.5 (Fall Semester)

Course Description: This course provides a bona fide introductory computer science course. It uses a hands-on learning approach and visual programming languages that allows the students to focus on the concepts of programming and problem solving rather than the details of programming syntax. The class culminates in an individualized programming project.

Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles

708 AP Computer Science Principles (AP)

Grade: 10, 11, 12

Credit: 1.0

Offered During Period A

Course Description: AP Computer Science Principles introduces students to the central ideas of computer science, inviting students to develop the computational thinking vital for success across multiple disciplines. The course is unique in its focus on fostering students to be creative and encouraging students to apply creative processes when developing 47 computational artifacts. Students design and implement innovative solutions using an iterative process similar to what artists, writers, computer scientists, and engineers use to bring ideas to life.

To appeal to a broader audience, including those often underrepresented in computing, this course highlights the relevance of computer science by emphasizing the vital impact advances in computing have on people and society. By focusing the course beyond the study of machines and systems, students also have the opportunity to investigate the innovations in other fields that computing has made possible and examine the ethical implications of new computing technologies.

This course is complementary to AP Computer Science A. Students can take these two AP courses in any order or at the same time, as schedules permit.

Robotics

714 Robotics

Grade: 9,10,11,12

Credit: 0.5 (Spring Semester)

Course Description: This course introduces students to the fundamentals of robotics via a semester-long project where each student will build and program their own robot. Robots are an excellent vehicle to educate students in engineering basics, physical and programmable elements of robots, robotic control using fuzzy logic, and fundamentals of computer programming. Students will learn via a series of hands-on engineering challenges through which they must solve via programmatic control of the robots.

Engineering Technology

Applied Technology/Physics

769 Applied Technology/Physics

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Course Description: This class will cover electrical, mechanical, metal assembly with hydraulics and pneumatics.

Advanced Technology and Applied Physics

770 Advanced Technology and Applied Physics

Grade: 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Completion of Applied Technology/Physics

Course Description: This class is earmarked for the student who has aspirations of having a future in engineering.

Introduction to Design and Assembly

771 Introduction to Design and Assembly

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Course Description: This course will cover the basics of design and assembly of small projects of different materials and concepts.

Advanced Assembly and Design Process

772 Advanced Assembly and Design Process

Grade: 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Introduction to Design and Assembly

Course Description: This class will cover the process of design and architecture.

Drafting/Technical Drawing

773 Drafting/Technical Drawing

Grade: 9, 10,11,12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: None

Course Description: This class is designed for those with an interest in being an engineer, an industrial designer, an architect or a draftsman for industry. The students will learn all the basics of drawing and layout, plus the use of Cad-cam on a computer.

Botany

776 Botany/Nutrition and Organic Farming

Grade: 9, 10,11,12

Credit: 1.0

Prerequisite: None

Course Description: Students in this course will identify basic tools for cooking and concepts to feed themselves nutritiously and deliciously, while increasing awareness of the role of food in an environmental, economic and historical context. Students will sow seeds within a greenhouse for optimal plant propagation, identify necessary ingredients for soil, and notice and appreciate beauty of garden aesthetics.

Fine Arts

Art

Art and Design

604 Art and Design

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Course Description: This course is a prerequisite for all other art courses and the Visual Arts Program Course Description: The fundamental tool for all disciplines in art is drawing. Art and Design focuses on Classical drawing skills, using a wide variety of media, to represent the still life, landscape and figure during the first quarter. Personal expression and experimentation will be encouraged as students learn visual language: The Elements of Art and Principles of Design. In the second quarter of this course, students have an opportunity to practice realistic, abstract and stylized painting and design techniques for projects.

3-D Design

606 3-D Design

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Art and Design

Course Description: 3-D Design blurs the distinction between Fine Art object and Craft in 3-dimensional modeling. Students work in the sculpture studio, with a broad range of materials, as they progress from visualization and design to production. Projects created may serve a particular function or be evidence of pure aesthetic expression. Assignments include designs for toys, furniture, structures or 3-D artistic objects. This course encourages discovery as to how artists and designers are reconfiguring our environment in the 21st century.

Graphics and Illustration

608 Graphics and Illustration

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Art and Design

Course Description: Continued exploration in visual literacy and advanced drawing studies of the figure and animal inform a variety of projects. Students compare and contrast realism, stylized rendering and abstraction in their subject matter. Investigations into the effect of scientific discovery and technology will parallel its 41 relation to the artist’s practice in fine and commercial art.

Printmaking

612 Printmaking

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Art and Design

Course Description: This course covers a wide range of techniques in Relief, Intaglio, Plano graphic and Calligraphic printmaking. The Art Studio features the use of a Whelan Printmaking Press and access to a variety of colored inks and printmaking papers. Students have unique opportunities to develop series of prints with equipment and processes usually made available only in professional printing studios. Students may build upon ideas and images developed in prior art courses.

Animation

613 Animation

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: A minimum grade of "C" or higher in Art and Design.

Course Description: Students will study the history of photography and its influence on sequential art and the cinema. Comic books, cartoons, flip books and animated features are the key projects produced for this course.

Painting

614 Painting

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Art and Design

Course Description: Painting is one of the most expressive and oldest art forms. Demonstrations in watercolor, gouache, acrylic and oil painting introduce each medium’s techniques, concepts and materials. The instructor mentors each student in order to build skills and problem-solve aesthetic issues in composition and painted form. This course builds the student’s confidence in articulating his/her intentions for creating images on canvas, wood or paper.

Sculpture

616 Sculpture

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: A minimum grade of "C" or higher in Art and Design.

Course Description: Students will learn a wide range of sculpting techniques that use additive and subtractive processes. Building volume in form by modeling clay, constructing armatures, carving plaster, welding and assemblage of found materials are some of the projects covered in class. Students will experience unique opportunities at studios outside the art room for this course.

Portfolio

665 Portfolio

Grade: 12

Credit: 0.5 (Second Semester Only)

Prerequisite: Art and Design and the instructor’s permission and has taken at least two other art classes.

Course Description: Portfolio is a higher-level studio course with a dual emphasis on creating and thinking. Students build upon previous studio experience to form a body of advanced work that demonstrates a cohesive and personal voice. Portfolios and artist statements are key to college acceptance for students interested in a career in the arts. This course is open to seniors.

Theater

Introduction to Theater Arts

651 Introduction to Theater Arts

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Course Description: Introduction to Theater Arts is a one-semester course open to all grade levels, which explores the elements of drama through improvisation, theatre games, and scenes from contemporary plays. Students will develop skills in acting, storytelling, and scene analysis, as well as understanding the processes of creating live theatre. Completion of this course serves as the pre-requisite class that allows entrance into any of the classes that follow below.

Physical Characterization

652 Physical Characterization

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of “C” or better in Introduction to Theater Arts

Course Description: This one-semester course emphasizes the creation of character from the outside-in. Exercises and in-class projects focus on the use of the entire body as an instrument in storytelling and trace the use of character archetypes in various theatrical styles and time periods. Units include improvisation, observation, pantomime, neutral and character mask, commedia, and clown. Class will culminate in a student presentation as part of the Spring Festival of the Arts.

Directing and Playwriting

653 Directing and Playwriting

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of “C” or better in Introduction to Theater Arts

Course Description: This one-semester course focuses on the roles of playwright and director in the process of bringing narrative to life on stage by taking a larger view of the production. Staging concepts, use of visual image, and sound are explored as means to enhance and economize events as parts of the forward movement of a dramatic arc. Students will then employ various initiatives in generating original scripted material for two to five characters. Class will culminate in a student-driven ten-minute play festival written, directed, and performed as part of the Spring Festival of the Arts.

Advanced Acting/Scene Study

654 Advanced Acting/Scene Study

Grade: 9,10,11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of “C” or better in Introduction to Theater Arts

Course Description: This one-semester course builds on the foundations of the acting process, and expands on them through more formal work with scripted texts, voice and speech, and the consideration of thematic statements of the playwright. Emphasis will be placed on looking for solutions in the text that enhance and intensify theatrical moments. Case studies in selected plays 43 (American Realism) will begin with close reading and analysis, followed by selection and performance of scenes. Class work will involve more rehearsal and preparation with actors required to articulate and justify their choices. As work progresses, the scripted material will become more complex and challenging. Class will culminate in a showcase of scenes presented as part of the Spring Festival of the Arts.

Advanced Acting/Experimental Theater Lab

655 Advanced Acting/Experimental Theater Lab

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Minimum grade of “C” or better in Introduction to Theater Arts

Course Description: This one-semester course builds on the foundations of the acting process and examines the use of acting techniques as they apply to “real life” and “life imagined” in both scripted and improvised forms. Extended units will vary each time this course is offered to accommodate repeat completion for credit, and may include farce and sketch comedy, theater of the absurd, personal story and dream sequence, monologue, acting for the camera, musical theatre, Shakespeare and classical texts, dialect, and dramaturgy. Advanced level work will culminate in a student produced workshop production as part of the Spring Festival of the Arts.

Music

Beginning Band (Performance Ensemble)

626 Beginning Band (Performance Ensemble)

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 1.0

Course Description:This course is a prerequisite for participation in Pep Band. Students in Beginning Band will build the skills necessary to participate in a performance ensemble. This course will cover topics such as instrument care, basic playing technique, notation reading, scales, warm-ups, beginning repertoire, and musicianship. Instruments in this ensemble include woodwinds, brass, piano, guitar, bass, and percussion.

Choir 1 (Performance Ensemble)

634 Choir 1 (Performance Ensemble)

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 1.0

Course Description: Choir will sing a diverse repertoire of music and perform at DePaul and in the surrounding community. Students in choir will provide music at liturgies, host traditional concerts at school, sing for various school events, and seek opportunities to share music within our neighborhood and city. Members of Choir will develop excellent musicianship, build aural skills, improve singing technique, practice sight singing, learn to work as an ensemble, and perform a variety of repertoire. No prior experience is necessary.

Music Theory

637 Music Theory (CP)

Grade: 11, 12

Credit: 1.0

Course Description: Students in Music Theory will build an understanding of the elements of theory and composition in music. Through ear training, sight singing, composition, and analysis, students will deepen their understanding of the foundations of music. Using these skills, students will study a variety of repertoire. This intensive course is intended for students who have a very passionate desire to deepen their understanding of music or wish to study music in college. To take Music Theory, students must have completed at least one year in Pep Band or Choir, or must seek prior approval from the teacher.

Guitar 1

639 Guitar 1

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Course Description: Entry level guitar students must be at the beginner level. All grade levels are welcome. This course offers an in depth study of the fundamentals of the guitar. Students will learn everything from how to properly hold the instrument to how to read music and tablature. Classes include group performance while always allowing time for students to work privately on their personal list of tasks for the class. Principles of rhythm, notation, tablature, chord charts, popular and classical music, power chords, finger exercises and strumming techniques are among the main focuses in this class.

Guitar 2

640 Guitar 2

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Prerequisite: Audition or completion of Guitar 1

Course Description: Advanced level guitar class. Students will build upon existing skills and improve dexterity, theory knowledge, technique, strumming and overall playing ability. Students will have the opportunity to work in groups as well as on solo projects. Various genres of guitar music will be covered.

Musical Traditions

673 Musical Traditions (Non-performance elective)

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Course Description: Students in Musical Traditions will explore the fundamentals of music and discover how they are present in a variety of repertoire. Students will explore rhythm, dynamics, melody, harmony, tone, texture, form, and expression through movement, playing instruments, composing, and listening. Students will also study the historical context of a variety of music. This course is a general survey of musical traditions from around the world. No prerequisite experience is necessary.

Music Production and Composition

674 Music Production and Composition (Non-performance elective)

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 0.5

Course Description: Music Production and Composition will provide students with the skills and technological understanding necessary to create, produce, perform, and share their own musical compositions. Students in this course will create music using standard instruments and notation, and digitally with GarageBand and other apps and programs. Students will work individually, collaborate on projects, and objectively 45 critique one another’s work. Much of the work in this class will be project-based, and students will compile a portfolio of their work. No prior experience is necessary.

New Panel

675 Pep Band (Performance ensemble)

Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12

Credit: 1.0 Course description To participate in Pep Band, students must have taken Beginning Band as a prerequisite or must seek approval from the teacher. Pep Band will create musical spirit and help cheer on the Rams at basketball games and other school events. While playing a variety of repertoire, members of Pep Band will develop excellent musicianship, improve instrument playing skills, learn to work as an ensemble, and create a musical environment that inspires school spirit. Instruments in this ensemble include woodwinds, brass, piano, guitar, bass, and percussion.

Jonathan Braun

Jonathan Braun

Teacher, Music Director
Craig Bryant

Craig Bryant

Teacher, Theater Director
Lauri Feldshriber

Lauri Feldshriber

Teacher
Donald Nelson

Donald Nelson

Teacher
Rebecca Orr

Rebecca Orr

Department Chair
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