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The mission of the Arts Department is to encourage students to challenge their own creative and cultural expectations and boundaries, to develop an enduring appreciation for the Arts, and to prepare students with strong personal interests in the arts to successfully pursue entry into an institute of higher learning and/or a career. Through this endeavor, students will acquire the skills to perform and create quality fine art work, develop problem-solving techniques for intellectual and artistic pursuits, appreciate the works of other artists and value the arts in their lives.

Advanced Topics in Creative Studies

This foundational course of the Creative Scholars program (which can be taken by any qualified upperclassman), provides students with the opportunity to create and perform an original production. Students will write the script, design the sets, perform the score, and manage all other aspects of a professional production. In the fall semester, students will focus on writing the script and finalizing their own pieces for the fall Evening of the Arts. In the spring, students will put on the performance. Prerequisite: Demonstrated passion and commitment to the creative arts, whether through superior performance in English or several years of experience in Theatre, Orchestra, or Performance Band.