2017 - 2018 MCPS High School Course Bulletin

Fine Arts

The purpose of the fine arts curriculum is to open the minds of students to new worlds and cultures and enable them to creatively express themselves and value the multiple perspectives of others. Students are actively involved learners in the arts.  Through their experiences in the arts, they become creative and critical problem solvers, independent and divergent thinkers, self-motivated workers, and innovators.  

Students are led in an exploration of self, others, and the world in relation to the art forms. The fine arts – dance, music, theatre, and visual arts – provide for each generation a knowledge of other cultures, past and present, and are among humanity’s greatest aesthetic and intellectual achievements.

Dance students

  • Use perceptual skills through choreography, performing, and response to dance 
  • Understand the ways dance provides for individual, cultural, and creative expression
  • Demonstrate their ability to create dance by improvising, organizing ideas, choreographing, and performing 
  • Identify, analyze, and apply criteria to make aesthetic judgments by interpreting and expressing their ideas

Music students

  • Develop performance skills, including the use of voice, instruments, and other sound-producing media
  • Create musical ideas through composing, arranging, and improvising
  • Describe music through reading and writing music notation; listening to music; and employing their understanding of music verbally, visually, and through movement

Theater students

  • Explore the creative process through theatrical activities and apply theatrical knowledge, principles and practice to collaborative theater presentations
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the diverse theories and theater forms have satisfied cultural needs--past and present
  • Describe the development of dramatic forms over time and the aesthetic qualities they reflect
  • Analyze individual and group contributions to the collaborative theater process, literature of the theater, and theatrical performances and productions

Visual Arts students

  • Demonstrate the ability to perceive, interpret, and respond to ideas, experiences, and the environment through visual art
  • Demonstrate an understanding of visual arts as a basic aspect of history and human experience
  • Organize knowledge and ideas for expression in the production of art
  • Identify, analyze, and apply criteria to make visual aesthetic judgments

Graduation Requirements

MCPS requires each student to complete 1 credit in fine arts in order to graduate. In addition, the fine arts curriculum provides students with an opportunity to earn student service learning hours within the context of the classroom.


A variety of dance courses satisfy the graduation requirement for fine arts.  6017/6018, Dance as Fine Art, is described here.  Other dance courses are listed in the table above.  For their descriptions, see the Online Course Bulletin. Check with your counselor to find out what dance courses are offered at your school. 

All Dance courses may be repeated for elective credit.

6017 /6018Dance as Fine Art A/B
6062 /6063DANCE 2 A/B
6064 /6065DANCE 3 A/B
6066 /6067MODERN DANCE A/B
6070 /6071TAP DANCE 1 A/B
6072 /6073TAP DANCE 2 A/B
6074 /6075TAP DANCE 3 A/B
6076 /6077HIP HOP DANCE A/B
6080 /6081JAZZ DANCE 1 A/B
6082 /6083JAZZ DANCE 2 A/B
6084 /6085JAZZ DANCE 3 A/B
6086 /6087BALLET 1 A/B
6088 /6089BALLET 2 A/B
6090 /6091CHOREOGRAPHY 1 A/B

General Music

Public performances during and after school hours may be required to meet course objectives.

6520 /6521Piano 1 A/B
6535 /6536Piano 2 A/B
6545 /6546Music Theory and Composition A/B
6547 /6548Music Theory and Composition, Advanced Placement
6565 /6566Music Perspectives A/B
6585 /6586Guitar 1 A/B
6591 /6592Guitar 2 A/B
6605 /6607Music Technology A/B

Choral Music

6711 /6712Chorus 1 A/B
6721 /6722Chorus 2A/B
6731 /6732Chorus 3 A/B
6741 /6742Choir, Chamber A/B
6745 /6746Choir, Show A/B

Instrumental Music

6811 /6885Band, Beginning A/B
6821 /6822Band, Concert A/B
6826 /6827Band, Symphonic A/B
6831 /6832Band, Advanced A/B
6841 /6855Orchestra, Beginning A/B
6851 /6852Orchestra, Concert A/B
6861 /6862Orchestra, Advanced A/B
6866 /6867Orchestra, Symphonic A/B
6871 /6872Jazz Ensemble A/B


6904 /6905Musical Theatre A/B
6912 /0 Acting, Advanced
6913 /0 Stage Design
6914 /0 Play Directing
6926 /6927Theatre 1 A/B
6928 /6929Theatre 2 A/B
6993 /6994Production & Performance A/B

Visual Arts

6055 /6056Foundations of Art, Pre-Studio A/B
6105 /6106Studio Art 1 A/B
6205 /6206Studio Art 2 A/B
6305 /6306Studio Art 3 A/B
6313 /6314Advanced Studio A/B
6343 /6344Digital Photography A/B
6345 /6346Photography 1 A/B
6347 /6348Photography 2 A/B
6355 /6356Drawing and Design A/B
6365 /6366Painting A/B
6381 /6391Ceramics/Sculpture 1 A/B
6383 /6393Ceramics/Sculpture 2 A/B
6385 /6386Ceramics/Sculpture 3 A/B
6401 /6411Commercial Art A/B
6403 /6413Commercial Art 2 A/B
6451 /6452Art History A/B
6454 /6455Art and Culture A/B
6456 /6457Art History, Advanced Placement A/B
6460 /6461Visual Arts Center 2
6462 /6463Visual Arts Center 2 A/B
6464 /6465Visual Art Center 3 A/B
6466 /6467Visual Art Center 3 A/B
6468 /6469Visual Art Center 4 A/B
6470 /6471Visual Art Center 4 A/B
6482 /0 Studio Art Drawing, Advanced Placement
6484 /0 Studio Art Drawing, Advanced Placement
6486 /0 Studio Art 2-D, Advanced Placement
6487 /0 Studio Art 2-D, Advanced Placement
6488 /0 Studio Art 3-D, Advanced Placement
6489 /0 Studio Art 3-D, Advanced Placement
6490 /6491Visual Art Center 1 A/B
6492 /6493Visual Art Center 1 A/B
6496 /6497Digital Art 1 A/B
6498 /6499Digital Art 2 A/B

International Baccalaureate (IB) Fine Arts Courses

6102 /6103IB Visual Arts 1 A/B
6107 /6108IB Visual Arts 2 A/B
6567 /6568IB Advanced Music A/B
7202 /7203IB Film Studies 1 A/B
7204 /7205IB Film Studies 2 A/B
8071 /8072IB Theatre 1 A/B
8073 /8074IB Theatre 2 A/B