The Arts programme at St. Michael’s College School encompasses the Departments of Music, Media, and Visual Arts, with drama activities offered in the co-curricular programme. In the Basilian Fathers’ tradition of educating the whole person, the Arts programme plays an important role in providing students with a sense of culture, creativity, and independence.
Within the Arts programme, students use the creative and critical analysis processes to interpret art, music, and drama within a personal, contemporary, and historical context. They have the opportunity to examine the role of art and media in shaping audience perceptions of identity, culture, and values.
Students develop connections to historical artworks, musical compositions, and media that guide them into a deeper response to God. This understanding inspires a more meaningful relationship with others, as well as a stronger perception of themselves in terms of their personal mission in life.
Students reach maximum learning when involved in the act of creation, wherein they can experience God’s true presence and be intimately involved in the constant unfolding of creation. In doing so, they are honouring God’s central act of creation and become a living part of the never-ending creative force of God in our world.
While studying the arts, students develop critical-thinking skills by observing, conceptualizing, and organizing information, thereby engendering creative and independent responses to others’ ideas and to the creative expression of their own authentic messages.
Throughout this programme, students are introduced to new ideas, materials, and processes for artistic exploration and experimentation. They also learn to make connections between various works of art in personal, contemporary, historical, and cultural contexts. Students become discerning believers, effective communicators, reflective and holistic thinkers, responsible life-long learners, collaborative contributors, caring family members, and responsible citizens.