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 requirements* listed below for the fine arts strand in which they are majoring. All Fine Arts majors are designed to include six courses to be completed at McCallum along with outside-of-school participation requirements.

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 a contract with a detailed course plan, outside-of-school requirements, and other expectations which is the document of record to graduate from the program.

CINEMATIC ARTS (FILM)
  • Four years of Cinematic Arts courses taken in the following order: Cinematic Production, Advanced Cinematic Production, Practicum I **, Practicum II**
  • One year of Acting/Theatre Arts (usually taken in 9th or 10th grade)
  • One year of Technical Theatre (usually taken in 10th or 11th grade)
  • A/V Club: 50% minimum participation all four years
  • Senior capstone project
DANCE
  • Four Fine Arts Academy year-long dance courses**
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Participation in the two required faculty-directed dance performances per year
  • Technical Theatre (taken in 9th or 10th grade)
MUSIC (Instrumental and Vocal)
  • Four years in the applicable large ensemble**, including participation in all ensemble performances
  • Music Theory I (usually taken in Junior year)
  • AP Music Theory (usually taken in Senior year)
  • Successful completion of a solo at region UIL Solo and Ensemble Contest each year
  • Instrumental music majors playing band instruments will participate in marching band each year

THEATRE

Acting/Performance Theatre:
  • Theater Arts I, II, III, IV
  • One year of Technical Theatre
  • One year of Dance
  • Participation in two theatre productions per year, either cast or crew (exception: in 9th grade, only one production is required)
Technical Theatre:
  • Technical Theatre I, II, III, IV
  • One year of Acting/Theatre Arts
  • One year of Art
  • Participation in two theatre productions per year, either as cast or crew (Exception: in 9th grade, only one production is required)

MUSICAL THEATRE PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE

The Musical Theatre Performance Certificate program is an add-on to the primary major in Voice, Acting, or Dance. To graduate with the performance certificate, students complete the additional four courses listed below in addition to all courses in the primary major.

Voice Majors’ additional courses are:

  • One year of Acting (take in 9th or 10th grade)
  • One year of Dance (take in 9th or 10th grade)
  • Two years of Musical Theatre (take in 11th and 12th grade)

Dance Majors’ additional courses are:

  • One year of Acting (take in 9th or 10th grade)
  • One year of Choir (take in 9th or 10th grade)
  • Two years of Musical Theatre (take in 11th and 12th grade)

Acting Majors’ additional courses are:

  • One year of Choir (take in 9th or 10th grade)
  • Second year of Dance (take in 9th or 10th grade)
  • Two years of Musical Theatre (take in 11th and 12th grade)
VISUAL ARTS
  • Five year-long studio art classes, one of which is Art Design and Production and two at the Honors or Advanced Placement level
  • AP Art History
  • Participation in V.A.S.E. (Visual Arts Scholastic Event) each year

 

*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.

**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.