The Mission of the Arts Certificate Program
The goal of Highland's Arts Certificate is to prepare students who want to pursue a deeper interest in the Arts by developing essential skills as well as an understanding that artistic expression occurs in a larger cultural context. To accomplish this, students explore the arts through introductory courses, choose advanced coursework in an area of concentration, complete an internship, and finish with a capstone project.
Students can apply for this certificate program as early as the second semester of their freshman year and as late as the second semester of their sophomore year. Exceptions can be made for students who have already fulfilled some of the basic requirements. Students may begin taking coursework as soon as they enter the Upper School.
All certificate candidates must pursue coursework, including basic requirements and a concentration, in their desired track; complete an internship, and propose and execute a Capstone Project relating to their chosen concentration. Students wishing to combine their Capstone Project with the Senior Project and/or another certificate program must get approval from all concerned departments. Students may choose to take the Arts Capstone class in the second semester of their senior year so they have time to work on their capstone project.
Students will choose an advisor from the Arts Committee faculty members. Students will plan the path of coursework, the internship, and the capstone project with the help of the advisor. Students and advisors will also work together to find extra-curricular activities for students to participate in as part of the learning experience.
During the period that the basic requirements are being met, students will identify an area of interest and their idea for their capstone project. A written proposal for the choice of Capstone project, and the path to its completion, is due in November of the senior year.
Under the guidance of an approved advisor, students will complete each of the certificate program components outlined in the expanding boxes below. Credit requirements listed below are minimum requirements, and students may achieve more.