speech and drama

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT: All students are required to pass a minimum of one credit of Fine Art to graduate.

  • one credit of Fine Art (Art, Music, Drama)

Course Descriptions

Creative Communication Arts

Grade: 9-10 Credit: 0.5 Fine Art Length: Semester

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: In this course students will learn basic speaking skills linked with creative thinking through performance and observing speeches. Students will be able to demonstrate beginning organizational skills for a speech using supportive materials, a comprehensive outline, and visual aids. Students will also learn how to listen and speak effectively in a variety of situations.

Public Speaking 101

Grade: 11-12 Credit: 0.5 Fine Art Length: Semester

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: This course meets the expectations of Saint Louis University’s 1818 program and aligns with the Saint Louis University course CMM 1200: Public Speaking. Students are introduced to principles of effective verbal and non-verbal communication in public contexts and provided opportunities to create and deliver appropriate speeches and presentations to authentic audiences. In addition, standards of evaluation for public communication are established for the use in evaluating their own and other's public speaking performances.

Dramatic Arts

Grade: 9-12 Credit: 0.5 Fine Art Length: Semester

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: This is an introductory course in theatre. Students will develop skills in concentration, movement, voice, characterization, improvisation, and the basic principles of dramatic structure through pantomime, duet acting, directing, and a one act performance.

Drama 2

Grade: 9-12 Credit: 0.5 Fine Art Length: Semester

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Dramatic Arts

Course Description: Using the skills learned in Dramatic Arts, students will be able to analyze the history of theatre. Students will expand their work in movement, characterization, stylization, writing, directing, and acting through characterization, play analysis, class projects, and scene work.

Creative Film, Video, Media Arts

Grade: 9-12 Credit: 0.5 Fine Art Length: Semester

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: Students will learn the basics of camera operation and techniques, writing original and adapted scripts, film criticism, and giving presentations incorporating media. Students will plan, create, film, and critique two major full length projects.

Honors Advanced Creative Film, Video, Media Arts

Grade: 10-12 Credit: 0.5 Fine Art Length: Semester

Prerequisite: A "B" or better in Creative Film, Video, Media Arts

Course Description: This is an honors course which builds on the knowledge and skills of creative film production learned in Creative Film. Students continue their mastery of the pre-production and production processes and learn post-production skills. Students extend their skills with a variety of technological tools including non-linear editing equipment. Students demonstrate their knowledge of film styles and film theory, writing professional scripts, and plan and create professional quality film products.

Television Production 1

Grade: 10-12 Credit: 1.0 Fine Art Length: Year

Prerequisite: An "A" or better in Creative Film, Video, Media Arts or Advanced Creative Film

Course Description: This is a hands-on course that will produce a weekly television program with all aspects of production housed at school and produced by the students. In this class, students will learn the basics of television production. Students will experiment with various areas of television productions.

Television Production 2

Grade: 11-12 Credit: 1.0 Fine Art Length: Year

Prerequisite: An "B" or better in Creative Film, Advanced Creative Film and TV Production 1 or teacher approval

Course Description: This is an advanced class for television production in which the student will assume the management position of the station and do all advanced work and editing for the station. Students will earn practical hands-on experience in television production.

Theatre Arts

Grade: 11-12 Credit: 0.5 or 1.0 Fine Art Length: Semester/Year

Prerequisite: none

Course Description: This course is designed to involve students in the creative process and offer opportunity for play production. Students enrolled will be the company working on all phases of the theatre program. Participation in a theatrical production in a position of major responsibility will be required. Classroom and practical laboratory experience in areas of production will be taught. The course will also include the selection of a play, tryouts, rehearsal schedules, directing, and technical production: makeup, costumes, publicity, props, student directing, choreography, and other areas as interest is shown. As rehearsals proceed, students will work with the phase they are dealing with directly. They will work in two technical areas in the fall and spring. Students may enroll in two semesters of theatre arts. A student may enroll in the fall semester and work on the fall production which the student directs and produces, followed by a second project which is the choice of the class. A student may enroll in the spring semester which produces the spring musical.

Special Requirements:

1. All students admitted to class with the recommendation of the teacher

2. Attendance two nights a week, Tuesday and Thursday, 6:30-8:30. For additional time spent on this course students can receive extra credit for Thespian points.

3. A genuine interest in the dramatic arts

Honors Advanced Theatre Arts

Grade: 12 Credit: 0.5 or 1.0 Fine Art Length: Semester/Year

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Theatre Arts and teacher approval

Course Description: This course is designed for students who wish to pursue their interest in the technical aspects of the theatre at a more sophisticated level. The class will meet concurrently with Theatre Arts, but the student will be engaged in more complex activities, such as directing, designing, and producing with full responsibility for that job. Students will be expected to teach skills directly to their crews and develop a plan and objectives. Advanced Theatre Arts is considered an Honors course both semesters of a student's senior year for those students who have taken Theatre Arts for four semesters. Students may enroll in the SLU 1818 program and receive additional college credit for Honors Advanced Theatre Arts.