Visual & Performing Arts

The Visual and Performing Arts Program at EM High has a long tradition of quality and excellence.  From our award-winning music & drama programs, to our highly successful performing arts productions, the VPA program at Ernest Manning has something for everyone.  Whether you choose to explore and develop a new interest or specialize in a current interest, participation in the arts enhances your creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving abilities. 

Each year, a significant number of our graduates pursue the arts at the post-secondary level. Several former students have embarked on successful professional careers in the Arts and as proud alumni, offer to mentor future artists at Ernest Manning.  Most graduates continue to enjoy the Arts and maintain a strong involvement for many years beyond their high school. For this reason, we believe our Visual and Performing Arts Program, and other related studies, are a natural extension of providing students an arts education focused on creating critical, creative thinkers that transform into citizens devoted to service, education, and acceptance of others.

Visual and Performing Arts Includes

  • Visual Arts: Art, Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Sculpting
  • Drama: Drama, Advance Acting & Touring Theatre
  • Music: Band, Instrumental Band, Instrumental Jazz
  • Leadership in the Arts:  Drama, Film + Broadcasting , Graphic Design, Visual Art, Music

Leadership in the Arts

Leadership in the Arts is a program of cross-disciplinary study, which encourages critical thinking, creative, entrepreneurial and innovative learning. This course will prepare students, regardless of their future careers, to continue to participate and be leaders in the Arts. The Arts play important roles in shaping communities, culture and the economy. Leadership in the Arts extends disciplinary learning from Art, Drama, Creative Writing, Film and Music outside the walls of the school and builds understanding of how students can continue to be involved in the Arts as professionals, community leaders and entrepreneurs. This course will have a strong community focus and will reflect local opportunities for the Arts.

Leadership in the Arts is designed to inspire students to become engaged thinkers who make discoveries through inquiry, exploration, experimentation and reflection. As students strive for personal success, they will balance their personal interests and abilities with a vision that looks at the needs of the community. Collaboration is an important part of this course. Investigating opportunities with artists, organizations, community leaders, and businesses is necessary for student growth and developing a personal identity as a future leader in the Arts. The Arts provide many opportunities for participation in a creative life in addition to being a practicing artist. Community leadership in the Arts is important for the cultural and economic growth. This course will support students in understanding the vast opportunities for lifelong involvement with the Arts.

Students must be enrolled with good academic standing in one or more of the following 30 Level / Advance courses: Art 30; Art 30A; Band 30; Concert Band 30; Drama 30; Film + Broadcasting, Advance; Graphic Design, Advance.

Student who have earned a minimum of 30 credits in one or more of the above 30 Level / Advance courses with competition of Leadership in the Arts 35 will receive a CBE Fine and Performing Arts Certificate.

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