Available courses

 Song Writing
Michael Harris

Song Writing

Prerequisite: MT 211B or MT212B
This course teaches the principles of song writing by guiding the student through the creative process of song writing. Topics to be covered include creativity and inspiration, choosing and manipulating a subject matter, song construction (structure), writing the music, creating demos,
publishing the score and marketing.

Measurement and Evaluation in the Music Classroom
Garnet Mowatt

Measurement and Evaluation in the Music Classroom

This course will offer a broad foundation of all aspects of assessment and measurement as well as evaluation  including, but not limited to, other forms of data collection applied in music education. Topics in this course will include psychometrics; measurement of musical aptitude, achievement, performance, and affect; measurement tools, including assessment instrument development; administration and scoring of assessments; and reporting systems.

 Music Technology IV

Music Technology IV

This course takes a more in-depth look at the studio process and practical applications of concepts learned in the Music Technology III. A final thesis/project is required. Prerequisite: MU 409

Performance Lab Semester 2 - Year 4

Performance Lab Semester 2 - Year 4

Weekly preparation for 4th-year concert - includes modules on preparing performance riders, stage plots and input lists as well as their programmes, fliers, charts as well as arrangements and press kits - there are also weekly performance critiques.

Performance Lab Semester 2 - Year 3

Performance Lab Semester 2 - Year 3

Weekly preparation for the 3rd-year concert - includes modules on preparing performance riders, stage plots and input lists as well as their programmes, fliers and charts as there are also weekly performance critiques.

Time Based Media l
Yakub Grant

Time Based Media l

Time Based Media exposes students to an introductory level of motion graphics, video and basic animation and utilizing several software platforms. Students will be introduced to basic storyboarding, developing narratives and working through sequencing. This course will provide students with the fundamental requisite knowledge to asses future directions in their interest in animation and new media pursuits.

Aesthetics: Exploring Philosophies of Art
Veerle Poupeye

Aesthetics: Exploring Philosophies of Art

This course explores the aesthetic concepts central to the understanding and enjoyment of works of art. The meaning of concepts used in discussing and the understanding of iconography and other elements and their expression particularly in Jamaican Art are discussed. Stylistic trends in Jamaican art, relationships between the visual arts and other artistic expressions in Jamaica and art as a subjective experience of artist and viewer.

Research Methods 1B (Semester 2 2020)
Lesley-Gail Atkinson Swaby

Research Methods 1B (Semester 2 2020)

This course offers exposure to Research Methods and procedures for conducting original research projects. Research types and formats, language and terminology, measurements and instruments are studied. Also explored are the problems of validity and reliability and the procedures and methods available for establishing these. Planning, conducting and presentation of an original research or thesis are studied through student seminars based on preliminary research in selected topics. A practical and uniform method to be followed in the writing and presentation of the research paper is introduced.

 Integrated 2D/3D I

Integrated 2D/3D I

The course lends itself to the investigation of problem solving through conceptual and actual means utilizing the fundamental elements of visual language. This will enable students to recognize the inter-relatedness and integrative processes that emphasize the synergy of 2D and 3D elements. Students will explore the subtle differences between 2D and 3D, and acquire an understanding of how they inform each other. Throughout the semester students will engage with varying materials and integrated explorations of the formal fundamental concepts that underpin studio practice. This will be enhanced by specific readings related to contemporary studio practice.

The Body and Process II

The Body and Process II

This course focuses on the psychological notion of the body. Issues such as culture, sexuality, disease, technology, gender, evolution and religion will be explored. Students will be required to complete reading assignments and make research presentations to the class.

 Natural Dyes, Fibres and Properties

Natural Dyes, Fibres and Properties

This course is a study of natural and synthetic fibres and  fabrics, including testing methods for strength and colour- fastness.

As young artists, researchers, designers and art educators in training, it is prudent that a sound grasp of and exposure to as many aspects of creative research areas with potential for advanced exploration be explored. In order to provide a strong reference-base for future and further creative explorations that you will encounter, this Natural Dyes Fibres and Properties course will enable much  experimentation of concepts and content that will lend to responding to issues within society in relation to eco-sustainability, human impact and our environment

Concerns of environmental issues will be discussed, researched and examined in this course to look at ways going forward that we can determine to positively impact and contribute to our health, way of life and our economy.

Topics to cover:

  • History of Natural Dyes
  • The Invention of Synthetics 
  • From Fibre to Filament (Natural and Synthetic)
  • Extraction and Discovery ( Welcoming Happy Accidents)
  • Environmental Ethics - What will be your carbon footprint?
  • Within our Context: Naturally dyed 
  • Heath and Safety



Interactive Media

Interactive Media

This is a practical, introductory course to the world of interactive and digital media design. The focus will be on creating interactive experiences that are both functional and engaging. This will be approached from various points-of-view: design, usability, technique, and entertainment. We will discuss strategies concerning how to make things work well while making it easy to understand and fun for your audience. This is a class for beginners and assumes no previous experience or expertise. We will, however, move at a quick pace. It is absolutely essential that you work hard and stay on top of all the class material.

The course generates discussion of usability, colour, layout, typefaces, negative space, image quality and placement and so much more.

Graphic Design IA

Graphic Design IA

This course will concentrate on the basic symbol development through a creative problem solving for complex concepts. The idea is for student to learn to present a visual message that is clear, stylistically beautiful and memorable.

SVA Independent Study
Trudy-Ann BarrettKerry-Ann HenryMiriam Hinds SmithSusan Lee Quee

SVA Independent Study

Welcome and congratulations on achieving your progression to Year IV, your final year.

This module is designed to help you prepare for the 4th Year academic requirements for the SVA BFA programme, which consist of a Thesis and Independent Study.

 Issues in Drawing and Painting IIA

Issues in Drawing and Painting IIA

This course will examine the context and practice of the visual arts in the disciplines of painting and drawing and their importance to visual representation. Through the investigation of developments in contemporary art, referencing of current literature and exposure to a broad range of visual culture related to contemporary practice, students will develop a body of work which is informed by their research and discussions. Emphasis will be placed on amplifying and expanding on formal and expressive aspects of drawing, and the broad range of technical and conceptual possibilities of painting.

 Issues in Drawing and Painting IA & IB

Issues in Drawing and Painting IA & IB

This course will examine the context and practice of the visual arts in the disciplines of drawing and painting, and the possibilities for visual representation through drawing and painting. Students will be introduced to a range of materials, techniques and processes which facilitate the development
of ideas, and emphasis will be placed on exploring the ways in which visual language is linked to concepts. Through the investigation of developments in contemporary art, referencing of current literature and contemporary practice, students will develop a body of work which is informed by
their research and discussions.

 Voice and Speech for Non Majors

Voice and Speech for Non Majors

Through exploration of the natural capacity of the voice, this course provides the student with a fundamental grasp of how the expressive and communicative potential of the voice and how it may be may be manipulated. The ability to listen with care, think and speak with clarity as well as using the voice persuasively for motivational purposes will be the areas of focus.

 Museum Education

Museum Education

This course explores how museums and art galleries can be used in the Caribbean context to teach art-related subjects, such as history, geography and sociology. The course starts with a concise overview of the history of museums and their functions in modern society, including a review of the main Caribbean museums and art galleries. Special attention is paid to the critiques of the  traditional museum as an elitist “temple of culture” that emerged out of the social and cultural activism of the 1960s and the resulting shifts in museum practices towards displays and programmes that are more visitor-oriented, interactive and educationally effective - the so-called New Museology.

Technology in the Art Classroom I

Technology in the Art Classroom I

The course exposes visual arts students to the use of technology in the classroom and teaches them how to effectively integrate technology tools into the visual arts curriculum. Specifically, the course is designed to help visual arts educators develop competence in the use of word processing and spread sheet software along with a working understanding of Information Technology and personal computer hardware and software. 


 Introduction to African Art (Semester 1, 2019)

Introduction to African Art (Semester 1, 2019)

The course approaches African Art from a non-Western perspective, investigates the influence of African Art on Jamaican Art, and looks at the role of the African artist, their function and importance in society. Sculpture, weaving, painting, costume, dress symbolisms are all looked at as they relate to the culture they serve.

Dance Histories and Perspectives

Dance Histories and Perspectives

This course is designed to provide students of dance with an understanding of the history of dance from the beginning of the Stone Age to the century. It allows students to place historical events in logical order, which will assist them to better understand how dance has evolved from its early beginnings. Students will also be able to examine dance across eras and cultures.

Current Issues and Trends in Dance Education (Pre-Requisite: DE207B)
Sophia McKain

Current Issues and Trends in Dance Education (Pre-Requisite: DE207B)

This course, through theory, deals with further development of knowledge gained in DE207A and DE207B. Philosophies, methodologies and curriculum development related to dance education are reviewed from a broader framework. Current issues such as dance and socio-cultural and technological changes affecting contemporary dance education will also be addressed. Students will identify and explore issues and trends in teaching and learning and apply these principles to the development of inclusive curricula for dance in secondary education in Jamaica.

Movement Theory and Analysis I
Sophia McKainAmelia Wellington-Watt

Movement Theory and Analysis I

(Pre-Requisite: DP103A) Movement Theory & Analysis I introduces the Theories and Principles of basic movement developed by Rudolf von Laban as a methodology for providing links between  improvisation/exploration skills, the science of movement and the abstract elements of dance, allowing students to make important connections that will assist them to be better performers, choreographers and teachers.

This course provides students with a vocabulary for describing and analyzing human movement and creates opportunities for developing and refining their skills of observation and articulation. Emphasis is also placed on creative movement development using the theories and principles set out by Rudolf von Laban. The methodology provides links between improvisation skills, the science of movement and the abstract elements of dance, thus allowing students to make important connections that will help them to be better performers, teachers and choreographers.

Literature for Children

Literature for Children

This course has been developed to give teachers the opportunity to analyze, explore, create and understand various elements of literature and apply these when developing and teaching literature at different levels of education.

Academic and Professional Writing
Regina Brown

Academic and Professional Writing

Academic and Profession Wiring (GS200) is an advanced writing course for students pursuing a degree-level programme. This course represents a consolidation of the literacy, critical thinking and communication skills of students. It places an important focus on understanding academic language and using it coherently and confidently in discussions and arguments in an exploration of non-fiction texts and contexts. Students are encouraged to think deeply about language as a persuasive tool and the dynamic relationship among writer, context, audience, argument, tone, or voice and other linguistic elements of the written and spoken modes of communication that are important to academic and professional success. These skills include an expansion of world knowledge, thinking and inquiry as well as connecting ideas, proficiency in communication and application of these skills across the curriculum.

Information Technology for Artists and Entrepreneurs-Peter Omal
Rohan LewisPeter Omal

Information Technology for Artists and Entrepreneurs-Peter Omal


This course is designed to meet students’ practical and educational needs within the College, their personal use and within the wider society. It explores productivity software such as: Microsoft Office Suite 2007 and their uses and applications to the student within the education system as well as for future job applications with the aim of gaining proficiency in the above software.

Critical Thinking and Expository Writing
Regina BrownRohan Lewis

Critical Thinking and Expository Writing

This course seeks to further develop students’ competencies in writing freely and efficiently on any topic while being guided by sound principles of efficient expository writing skills as well as applying the appropriate linguistic resources of vocabulary, mechanics , grammatical and syntactic skills. As critical readers, they will thoughtfully assess the effectiveness of a text by evaluating the author’s strategies and intention. Students will, in time, become efficient and independent readers and authors in their own rights.

Fundamentals of English

Fundamentals of English

This course seeks to secure full tertiary-level English competence to ensure success in all areas of academic and social lives of students. The aim is to harness all human, technical and on-line resources at the College to provide individual and whole group support to all learners. This course is designed to help students become skilled in reading for meaning, speaking fluently and writing
confidently and coherently in any context.

Performance Research Forum

Performance Research Forum

This course aims to articulate the various methods used in collecting data-the quantitative and qualitative as well as different sampling methods, such as random sampling- are the key elements to defining the validity and characteristics of effective research and analysis. As these methods are
taught and explored students will seek to critically analyze and utilize primary and secondary sources in their own research to bring depth, authoritative support and validity to their own dance research.

Technology and Learning in the Classroom - Semester 2 -Peter Omal
Peter Omal

Technology and Learning in the Classroom - Semester 2 -Peter Omal

SEMESTER 2 - January to May

This course is designed to develop theoretical and practical applications in the knowledge, design, development, implementation, utilization, management and evaluation of education technology and technologies for learning, thus increasing the opportunities for enhancing teaching and learning experiences and improving instructional communication strategies. The course also focuses on the above specifically in an arts-related lesson or context. The course will cover four components: Instructional technologies, media and methods; Computers, Multimedia tools and e-learning in education; Integrated Communication Technologies and; Apps and Mobile devices in the Classroom.

GS300Y Research Methods I
Anthea Octave

GS300Y Research Methods I

Research Methods

RATIONALE: This course fulfills the need to equip the participants with the rudimentary tools for conducting simple research projects and other major projects in their respective disciplines.

AIM:    To expose students to a variety of research methods which are applicable to research on the arts and culture in the Caribbean.

Learning Moodle

Learning Moodle

This is a Course that teaches how to use Moodle.

Research Methods in Arts Education

Research Methods in Arts Education

The goal of this course is to introduce students to research practices in the field of art education. As part of that introduction, students will be exposed to research terminology  and definitions, a variety of research methodologies,  data collection methods, examples  of research  studies, and the  power  of  teachers   as  researchers   in  their  own  classrooms   (and  work  environments). Students  will  develop  a  research  proposal  for implementation  in their  classrooms  (and work environments)  based on their own goals for exploring teaching practices.


Developing and Delivering Online Courses

Developing and Delivering Online Courses

This course is designed to consider online education for adult students (graduate and undergraduate). The underlying emphasis of the course is in considering the question: How do you create a community of online learners? To immerse ourselves in this inquiry, students will discuss a series of readings as well as create an online course that is usable, accessible, and engaging for their graduate and/or undergraduate students. This course is designed for arts educators who are teaching adult students and wish to convert some of their teachings to an online environment.  More specifically, the course emphasizes the opportunity for the online learning environment to contribute to building a community of adult learners who are active participants in their own learning

process. 

The course is completed over five (5) weeks - 45 hours and consists of the following three units:

 Part I: The Learning Community  in Online Learning

Part II: Teaching  and Learning in the Virtual Learning Community

Part Ill:  Final Assignment                                     

Reflective Practice: Practicum Experience

Reflective Practice: Practicum Experience

The emission of teacher training programs is to ensure that lecturers have the knowledge, disposition and repertoire of skills to prepare widely diverse students for lifelong learning. F experience is an important, highly valued experience in this process and an essential component of learning to teach. Within this process, supervision plays a critical role in the development of pedagogical skills and in helping lecturers to become effective educators. 

This course was developed for professionals involved in teaching and focuses on the reflection on teaching practices of in-service lecturers. it seeks to identify understandings and definitions of purpose; theoretical models; availability, skills and qualities of effective teaching; and its effectiveness. This course is delivered over two semesters and covers four units.




Assessment in the Classroom

Assessment in the Classroom

This course introduces participants to the field of assessment and the shifts and tension points to existing within the field. Specifically, it provides them with opportunities to explore the idea of learner-centred assessment and to examine their roles within it. Participants will question their assumptions about how students learn, the best way to teach and how to know if teaching has been successful. Throughout the course, the participants will reflect, investigate and apply diverse approaches to varying assessment situations that may arise within the classroom. The course is centred in the philosophy of constructivism and the vision is for participants to become conversant with the principles and key concepts of learner-centred assessment and become empowered to apply these to classroom contexts.


Trends, Issues and Perspectives in Education

Trends, Issues and Perspectives in Education

Many issues and problems confront the education systems of the Caribbean. By issues we mean question sfor which we need answers and for which different people have proposed different answers. There are strong and there are weak points in the different answers. In this course we will examine these so that you can see both sides of the coin, so to speak. In the end you have to make your own decision as to which answer you consider the most plausible or convincing or, you may come up with your own answer, but you will need to be able to justify it. You should have no difficulty in doing this if you participate in the course activities and engage in the necessary readings.

Curriculum Development in Arts Education

Curriculum Development in Arts Education

In this course you will have the opportunity to explore some of the literature in the raea with the hope that you will engaag emore of the literature later. In this five-week course you will be asked to create a curriculum unit that is based on your own needs and interests. Our focus will be mainly on making the required interactions and assignments manageable, useful and accomplishable. Additional information is posted on the course site.

Philosophies and Practices in Arts Education

Philosophies and Practices in Arts Education

In this five-week course we will begin the contemplation of a few approaches to arts education through literature and short videos. You will be asked to create a presentation and an accompanying statement that explores your developing philosophy of teaching, practicing and performing in your specific area of art interest. We will focus on making the required interactions and assignments and manageable, useful and accomplishable. 

Information Technology
Rohan Lewis

Information Technology

Information Technology has evolved over the past five decades in response to the need for more efficient techniques to manage the significantly increased volume and sophistication of the knowledge reservoir of mankind. It merges the study of Computer Science, Telecommunications and Office Automation; involves the collection, storage, accessing, processing and dissemination of information and impacts on both work and leisure activities.

In a world characterised by technological innovation and computerized responses to situations in the work place and in the wider society, all citizens will need to have practical exposure to the techniques of Information Technology in order to bridge the widening gap between Caribbean nations and the developed countries and provide our citizens with the best chances for survival and growth in this new age.