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Course Descriptions

Culver City High School is an engaged and caring academic community where diversity is valued and respected. We are committed to educating and inspiring all students to become life-long learners and contributing members of our global society.




 
FINE, Visual and Practical ARTS
Some classes will have a $30-$35 shop fee per semester
 
ANIMATION FUNDAMENTALS (ROP)
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (ROP)
For ROP courses, students must be 16+ years. Please visit Career Vocational Education page for full descriptions.
 
ART THEORY (9, 10, 11, 12) One Semester
Course Description: Students will learn about different influential artists and cultures. Students will be making art using a variety of mediums such as pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, acrylic paint, pastel and watercolor. Students will learn to research, write, and crate pieces of art using the influences of previous artists.
This class will be covering the ages through art but there will be a focus on certain artists and cultures and the students will create work after seeing a Master’s work. There is a materials fee of $30.00 per semester.
 
(ART) DESIGN I/II (9, 10, 11, 12) One Year
UC/CSU Subject Area - F
 
Course Description: Students will learn and develop the visual language used to create artistic solutions to design problems. Projects emphasize the visual organization of line, shape, color, and balance in composition, for the purpose of communicating specific ideas. Both contemporary and historical developments and styles in design will be examined. Specific projects will explore design related fields such as fashion, transportation and advertising. Students will learn techniques and acquire skills to create accomplished works. Emphasis will be placed on development of powers of observation, creative thinking and individualistic problem solving. There is a materials fee of $30.00 per semester.
 
DRAWING AND PAINTING (9, 10, 11, 12) One Year
UC/CSU Subject Area - F
 
Course Description: This is an introductory course in drawing and painting. Students will learn the fundamentals of art including the elements of design: line, shape, illusion of space, value, texture, and color. Students will also learn the basic principles of art including: unity, emphasis, proportion, balance, rhythm, and composition. Students will create artwork influenced by artists and cultures. This course will provide students art making experiences using a variety of mediums such as pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, acrylic paint, pastel, and watercolor. Students will analyze a broad range of techniques and subject matter of artwork created throughout art history from prehistoric to present time. Students will make informed responses during class discussions and critiques and knowledgeable assessments will be encouraged. Sketch books will be required to encourage creativity and develop their problem solving skills. This course will meet admission requirements to the UC and CSU system. There is a materials fee of $30.00 per semester.
 
STUDIO ART (10, 11, 12) One Year
Prerequisite: Drawing and Painting with a grade of "B" or better OR instructor's permission with evaluation of a portfolio of work.
 
Course Description: In preparation of the portfolio requirements for A.P. Studio Art, students can begin completing the required assignments during their Sophomore and Junior year. Students will focus on the Breadth Section or the Concentration Section of a Drawing/2-D Portfolio. It is also recommended that students take additional art classes/workshops/lessons beyond the school day. There is a materials fee of $30.00 per semester.
 
ADVANCED PLACEMENT (AP) STUDIO ART (11, 12) One Year
UC/CSU Subject Area – F
Prerequisite: Drawing & Painting, Advanced Art with a grade of a “B” or better AND the Instructor’s permission with evaluation of a portfolio of work.
 
Course Description: This course is designed for a specific course of study that readily parallels specialized drawing curriculums and programs in college and university art departments, as well as art schools. You can receive college credit in this course by submitting a portfolio and receiving a passing score of 3, 4, or 5. Seniors will only receive studio art credit if they decline to submit their portfolio to the College Board. Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to use drawing and painting to express feelings, ideas, and observations of a personal nature. Appropriate drawing skills such as being able to draw a representational image of a person or object in its situation of space and light in the three-dimensional world is an appropriate skill for the student artist to develop. Being able to draw from an “abstract” point of view or feeling, to express the “real” world abstractly is an equally valuable ability. There is a materials fee of $35.00 per semester. In May, students in this class are expected to take the AP examination.
 
CERAMICS (10, 11, 12) One Year
UC/CSU Subject Area - F
Prerequisite: An interest in art and the ability to handle equipment and machinery in a responsible manner.
 
Course Description: This course focuses on the basic techniques of making creative and useful pottery and sculpture. Students will be made aware of the basic art elements as they relate to the three-dimensional form using stoneware and porcelain clay bodies. The study of basic formation techniques; pinch, coiling, slab, sculpture and wheel throwing as well as staining, decorating, glazing, and firing procedures will be covered extensively. There is a materials fee of $35.00 is required per semester.
 
FILM I / II (9,10,11,12) One Year Elective
UC/CSU Subject Area - F
 
Course Description: The class is divided into two sections. The first section of the course is a review of the history of the American cinema. Students will view films from a variety of genres including silent, comedy, drama, gangster, musical, western, and film noire. Students will analyze each film in a formal essay. The second section of the course will focus on video production. Students will use the elements learned from the films and incorporate them into their own productions. Techniques of editing, cinematography, direction, sound, and screen writing will be taught. Students will be required to make a two-three minute film. Field trips, guest speakers, and screening of current films will round out the course. Students will view films from 1950-1980. Films such as The Apartment, Singing in the Rain, On the Waterfront, High Noon, The Godfather, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, and Star Wars will be shown. Students will be required to give written critiques of each film. Students will go through the film process from the creation of a story in pre-production, to filming and lighting in production, to editing and sound in post-production. Drawing upon knowledge from Film I, students will create original scripts, produce a 5-minute video to be entered in a film festival, and adapt scenes for the screen. In addition, students will be required to produce a second video from the following genres: documentary, music video, silent, drama and comedy. There is a materials fee of $35.00 per semester.
 
FILM III / IV (10, 11, 12) One Year
Recommended: Grade of “C” or better in Film I/II
 
Course Description: Students will study film by director. The following directors will be viewed: Charlie Chaplin, Frank Capra, John Ford, Francis Ford Coppola and Orson Welles. Students will be required to write papers on each director's career. Students will create a ten-minute short film pulling together all of the elements of production. In addition, they will begin to experiment with blue screen, digital video, and audio mixing. Students will help the teacher with productions around the school and district as well as with upkeep of the editing bays. There is a materials fee of $35.00 per semester.
 
VIDEO PRODUCTION (10,11,12) One Year
Recommended: Teacher approval.
 
Course Description: This is an after-school course that focuses on production. Students will produce projects for film festivals, local commercials, promotional videos, and shoot football games and school plays. Students will shoot with Hi-8 and DV. Editing will be done digitally using media 100 and pro-tools. Students will host the Frost Film Festival in February and Java Drama in May. There is a materials fee of $35.00 per semester.
 
PHOTOGRAPHY I / II (9, 10, 11, 12) One Year Total
UC/CSU Subject Area - F
 
Course Description: Beginning photographers will learn to use clean, well-organized working techniques and to develop an understanding of basic camera and darkroom principles. Photographers work with lighting equipment, flood and flash, develop film, make enlargements, and use simple and advanced cameras to produce project assignments. They must use their own cameras to complete off-campus assignments. Equipment will be provided for in-class assignments such as still life and portraiture in the studio or special outdoor projects on campus. The class time is divided among project work, lectures, discussions, and demonstrations. Students must have a camera and a materials fee of $35.00 is required. In addition, students will be required to purchase additional film and paper.
 
PHOTOGRAPHY III/ IV or ADVANCED V (10, 11, 12) One Year Each
UC/CSU Subject Area - F
Prerequisite: Photography I/II or III/IV with grade of “C” or better or permission of the instructor.
 
Course Description: Advanced photographers will continue to apply basic techniques in fulfilling assignments. New areas in photography will be explored such as: color camera work, color printing, close-up (macro) photography, slide show production, "slice of life", candid photography, architectural and scenic photography, and experimental lighting and laboratory techniques. This course is for those interested in photography as a major avocation or a future profession. Students must have a camera and a materials fee of $35.00 is required. In addition, students will be required to purchase film and paper.
 
YEARBOOK PRODUCTION - OLYMPIAN (10, 11, 12) One Year
Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor
 
Course Description: This course is open to students with a background or interest in journalism, computer skills, art or photography. Instruction in this course relates to these four areas which are vital to the appreciation and production of printed materials. Students will work on problems and assignments designed to develop their appreciation for good design in page arrangements and literary content. This course provides practical experience in advertising, journalism, photography, graphic arts, research, computer-designed lay-outs & illustrations, typography and printing methods. Photographers will work closely with editors and writers to create ideas and develop them into meaningful and well-designed pages for the Olympian. Work will sometimes be required after school and evenings.
 

 
PERFORMING ARTS - THEATRE ARTS
 
THEATRE ARTS I (9, 10, 11, 12) One Year
Prerequisite: Interest in Theatric Arts
UC/CSU Subject Area - F
Note: Theatre Arts I & II together are a year long class.
 
Course Description: Theatre Arts 1 is an elementary course designed to introduce students to the various elements of the theatre and to encourage students in further participation. Students will examine and study the role that acting, directing, sound, lights, set, costumes, make-up, and publicity play in the creation of a line production. Students will be required to view and analyze one professional production during the semester. Students will also learn the basic approach to working comfortably on the stage, through warm-ups, monologues, scene work and improvisation. Basic techniques of movement, voice projection, character development, and performance will be taught. Students will be required to view and analyze one professional production during the semester. Guest speakers will be featured.
 
THEATRE ARTS II (10, 11, 12) One Year
Prerequisite: Theatre Arts II with grade of C or higher, or consent of instructor
UC/CSU Subject Area -F
Note: Theatre Arts III & IV together are a year long class.
 
Course Description: Theatre Arts III is a continuation of the work covered in Theatre Arts II in an advanced context. Students will engage in more intensive preparation of their craft. The creative physical, emotional, and mental aspects of performance are studied through scene work, monologues, and improvisations. Auditioning techniques will be examined as well. Students will be required to view and analyze one professional production during the semester. This course also includes an introduction to directing theatre. The director's concept and responsibilities are studied through scene work. Students will be required to view and analyze one professional production during the semester. Written critiques and analyses will be required. Guest speakers will be featured.
 
THEATRE ARTS III: BLURRED VISION THEATRE COMPANY (AVPA) (9, 10, 11, 12) One Year
UC/CSU Subject Area - F
Prerequisite: Application/Audition to the Academy of Visual & Performing Arts
 
Course Description: The Blurred Vision Theatre Company (theater strand of the Academy of Visual & Performing Arts) is an after-school intensive theater program that includes production work, intensive course work, and workshops. Course work includes acting, voice & articulation, improvisation, movement, directing, and stagecraft. Many courses are for college credit through Santa Monica College (SMC) and West Los Angeles College (WLAC). Past productions include Barefoot In The Park, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Mousetrap, Kindertransport, The Glass Menagerie and Java Theatre Arts. Courses meet from 3:15p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
 

 
PERFORMING ARTS - MUSIC
 
BAND: CONCERT & SYMPHONIC (9, 10, 11, 12) One Year
UC/CSU Subject Area - F
Prerequisite: Ability to play a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument and read music.
 
Course Description: Concert band is for beginning or intermediate level students. Symphonic Band is for intermediate and advanced musicians. Students will combine to perform as the Centaur Marching Band.
The first quarter is devoted entirely to performances at each football game, including marching and pep-band music. Parade events and other opportunities to perform will be available. The second quarter of the year is devoted to preparing for the annual winter music concert. The second semester will primarily be devoted to preparing for the district music festival, high school music concert, and other events related to the academy of visual and performing arts. Other opportunities, including festivals and clinics outside school, will also be available. The rest of the year is dedicated to concert band music and performances.
 
CENTAUR CONCERT CHOIR (9, 10, 11, 12) One Year
UC/CSU Subject Area - F
 
Course Description: No experience is required to become part of the chorus. The class is geared towards performance and will emphasize music notation reading, sight-singing skills, and opportunities to perform. The fall semester will include performing at the homecoming football game and the winter music concert. The spring semester will involve the district music festival and high school music concert. Other opportunities to perform, including festivals and clinics outside of school, will be available.
 
GUITAR (9, 10, 11, 12) One Year
Course Description: This course is a beginning guitar course for students who have little or no previous guitar experience. The students will learn the basics of music notation reading and guitar performance. The fall semester will be at a beginning level. The spring semester will use more advanced techniques, including performing as individuals and as a guitar ensemble. The skills of reading and playing chords, reading “tablature” notation, and more advanced music notation will also be developed during the spring semester. Opportunities to perform will also be available during the spring.
 
MUSIC APPRECIATION I/II (9, 10, 11, 12) One Year
UC/CSU Subject Area - F
 
Course Description: Open to all students, this one year course will trace the history of the art of music and give students an opportunity to learn various aspects of music, from performance and composition to music theory. Issues of music in world cultures and society will be discussed. This course will also provide an in-depth examination of American music through the 20th century. Students will explore American music in chronological order and will identify relationships among the many genres of American music. Students will study music genres as they relate to historical periods of the 20th century. Ultimately, students will analyze musical innovations as reflections of societal change, and will evaluate the impact of music on social change. A final project includes composition and performance of a new piece of music.