Arts Concentration

The Arts Concentration mission is to provide students with a rigorous arts-focused curriculum that will engage, inspire, and celebrate creativity, emphasizing commitment and discipline, while encouraging a lifelong appreciation of the arts. In support of the School's Mission Statement, the Arts Concentration Program presents a unique opportunity for students to earn an Arts Concentration Scholar certificate along with their diploma by completing a prescribed curriculum and additional requirements during their four years in the Upper School.

While participating students are required to take a minimum of three years of arts classes, they are encouraged to take arts classes during all four years of high school. Because Arts Concentration students will often forego study halls, they should carefully manage additional after-school activities in order to perform well academically. Students involved in intensive after-school, year-round athletic or other extracurricular commitments must carefully consider their ability and desire to dedicate further time and energy towards the Arts Concentration. Rising 10th grade students must apply to join the concentration at the end of their 9th grade year.

Arts Concentration Common Goals

  • Commitment
  • Literacy
  • Advanced Arts Discipline
  • Leadership/Community service
  • Advocacy
  • Creativity
  • Innovation

PROGRAM OVERVIEW and CURRICULUM CRITERIA - see requirements for each category below

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Participating students must complete the following core curriculum by graduation, including at least three years of classes for the Arts Concentration:

English - 4
English 9, English 10, English 11 or AP English, and English 12 or AP English

Mathematics - 4
Through Precalculus, Advanced Precalculus or Statistics & Probability

Science - 3
Biology, year-long Chemistry or Physics, and one other science credit other than an Engineering-sequence course

History - 3
World History 1, World History 2 or AP World History, U.S. History or A.P. U.S. History

World and Classical Languages - 3
Through the 3rd level of French, Spanish, or Latin

Physical Ed. - 1.5
Physical Education, Health and one additional semester course

Art - 2*

*Arts Concentration students should consult their specific Concentration requirements. These courses will easily meet the two arts credits required for graduation.

TOTAL 21.5 credit

BAND & STRINGS CONCENTRATION CRITERIA

Prerequisite

  • An audition is required. Auditions will be scheduled individually by the Instrumental Music Instructor after applications are received.

Commitment

  • Complete three years of Instrumental Music classes.

Music Literacy

  • Complete A.P. Music Theory.

Advanced Musicianship

  • Participate in three years of solo and ensemble competitions.
  • Fulfill All-State Band audition requirements involving scales, etudes and sight reading.
  • Perform a Senior Recital.
Leadership
  • Become a Tri-M Music Honors Society member.
  • Bring arts as a service to the community. Participate as artists in the Tampa Bay area by performing approved, public recitals, concerts, etc.

Arts Advocacy

  • Attend two Tampa Prep performing arts events outside of one’s discipline per year, and write a 100-word reflection about each event.
  • Attend one approved, professional orchestra or band concert each year and write a 100-word reflection about each event.

Grade Point Average

  • Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in their Concentration courses.

Please direct any questions about the Band & Strings Concentration to Ms. Jessica Calandra (jcalandra@tampaprep.org).

FILM & VIDEO CONCENTRATION CRITERIA

Prerequisite - Literacy

  • Complete at least three years of the following courses: Introduction to Video, Creative Video, and/or Broadcast Journalism.

Advanced Arts Discipline

  • Complete one year of a guided Advanced Study. This involves advanced techniques in directing, filming, lighting and editing.

Leadership/Community Service

  • Produce a short film and submit it to a Film Festival in Tampa.
  • Bring arts as a service to the community. Participate as artists in the Tampa Bay area by producing videos for local businesses that specialize in serving the community at large.

Advocacy

  • Attend an approved film festival, and write a 100-word reflection of the experience.

Grade Point Average

  • Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in their Concentration courses.

Please direct any questions about the Film & Video Concentration to Mr. Doug Fox (dfox@tampaprep.org).

FINE ARTS CONCENTRATION CRITERIA

Commitment

  • Complete three years of fine arts studio classes.

Literacy

  • Complete A.P. Studio Art: 2-D, A.P. Studio Art: 3-D, or A.P. Art History.

Advanced Arts Discipline

  • Participate in a gallery show each year.
  • Produce a culminating show during the 12th grade.
  • Participate in approved, scholastic art competitions each year.
  • Participate in a fine arts critique every semester.

Leadership/Community Service

  • Become a National Arts Honor Society member.
  • Bring arts as a service to the community. Participate as artists in the Tampa Bay area in approved service projects.

Advocacy

  • Attend one off-campus fine arts event per semester, and write a 100-word reflection about each event.

Grade Point Average

  • Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in their Concentration courses.

THEATRE CONCENTRATION CRITERIA

Prerequisite - Literacy

  • An audition is required. Auditions will be scheduled individually by the Theatre Instructor after applications are received.
  • Based on the audition, students will be placed into one the following courses: Acting, Musical Theatre, or Advanced Musical Theatre.

Commitment

  • Complete three years (six semesters) of Theatre classes, which may include Dance, Chorus and Theatre Tech, but must include at least two semesters from the following classes: Acting, Musical Theatre and Advanced Musical Theatre

Advanced Arts Discipline

  • In preparation for college and beyond, at the end of the 11th grade or at the beginning of the 12th grade each student will perform an audition before a panel of college professors and/or industry professionals for review and guidance.
  • Either attend or be involved in every Mainstage (Tampa Prep production) show, including Middle School shows.

Arts Advocacy/Community Service

  • Attend two off-campus theatre events (play or musical) per semester. Some outings will be organized through the school, while others require students to attend on their own. Write a 100-word reflection about the event.
  • Attend at least one New York City theatre trip organized by Tampa Prep. Trips will usually take place over a long weekend. They will be held every other year, alternating with the Chorus trip.
  • Bring arts as a service to the community. Participate as artists in the Tampa Bay area by performing public theatrical works.

Grade Point Average

  • Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in their Concentration courses.

Please direct any questions about the Theatre Concentration to Mr. David Mann (dmann@tampaprep.org).

VOCAL MUSIC CONCENTRATION CRITERIA

Prerequisite

  • An audition is required. Auditions will be scheduled individually by the Vocal Arts Instructor after applications are received.

Commitment

  • Complete three years of choral classes (either Concert Chorus or Chamber Chorus).

Music Literacy

  • Complete AP Music Theory.

Advanced Musicianship

  • Participate in three years of solo and ensemble competitions.
  • Fulfill All-State Chorus audition requirements.
  • Participate in the Music Performance Assessment choral competition.
  • Perform a Senior Recital.

Leadership/Community Service

  • Become a Tri-M Music Honors Society member.
  • Bring arts as a service to the community. Participate as artists in the Tampa Bay area by performing external recitals, concerts and other performances.

Arts Advocacy

  • Attend two Tampa Prep performing arts events outside of one’s discipline per year, and write a 100-word reflection about the event.
  • Attend one approved, professional concert per year, and write a 100-word reflection about the event.

Grade Point Average

  • Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in their Concentration courses.

Please direct any questions about the Vocal Music Concentration to Mr. Andrew Hoy (ahoy@tampaprep.org).

Application Process

DEADLINE FOR APPLICANTS (16-17 Program) May 1, 2016

Candidates for the Arts Concentration are required to:
  1. Read the Program overview and curricular requirements.
  2. Complete the Online Application form.
  3. An audition is required for Instrumental Music, Vocal Arts, and Theatre Concentration candidates. Auditions will be scheduled individually, by the instructor.