Available courses

Principal Instrument -Debra-Ann Davidson
Debra-Ann Davidson

Principal Instrument -Debra-Ann Davidson

This is the space where all students in Ms. Debra-Ann Davidson's studio will be able to access course syllabi, and supporting materials. It is also a place where students will be notified of important imformation.

Form and Analysis I
Debra-Ann Davidson

Form and Analysis I

This is an advanced Music Theory class in which we will analyze music from the Common Practice Era, ca 1600-1910.

Principal Instrument - Piano

Principal Instrument - Piano

(Music Education Major)

Students are required to undertake intense study in voice or an instrument on which he / she has demonstrated reasonable performing skills. The course will be tailored to the individual student’s level and needs and will cover a broad repertoire relevant to the particular area of study. A juried examination is held each semester in which students are expected to display satisfactory progress from one semester to the next; the grade given at the examination will go towards a percentage of the student’s overall semester grade for the course. A student Is required to pass both the course work and the examination in order to pass the course. One hour lessons. 

Available Options:

Piano, Voice, Guitar, Clarinet, Flute, Trumpet, Trombone, euphonium, tuba, strings (violin, double bass), Steelpan in Classical and Contemporary Music Studies.

Modern Guitar, Electric Bass and Drum Kit & Percussion, Hand drums and percussion in Contemporary Music Studies concentration only.

Music Theory IV
Allison Wallace

Music Theory IV

The study of, augmented sixth chords, chromatic alterations, Bach chorale harmonizations, and compositions using the simple forms of the 18th and 19th centuries, is the focus at this level.

 Aural and Sight Singing II
Allison Wallace

Aural and Sight Singing II

This course further develops the students’ aural perception and analysis and the emphasis will be placed on the practical application to the written aspect of music theory. The students will explore the minor scale, dominant chord, compound time and dotted rhythms.

 Aural & Sight Singing IV
Allison Wallace

Aural & Sight Singing IV

Prerequisite: MU 210A.
Modulations, two part dictation and chromaticism are introduced at this level.

 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.

Keyboard Harmony II
Stephen Shaw-Naar

Keyboard Harmony II

This course will further develop keyboard skills which will enable piano students to transpose and harmonize melodies.

 Foundation of Music Education
Ornisea. Williams

Foundation of Music Education

The course is an introduction to the music education profession in general and as it has been practiced in Jamaica. Students will explore historical, social, and philosophical considerations and foundations that relate directly to the Caribbean music educator, and include a critical evaluation of some contemporary trends in the field. Students will explore the history of Jamaican music education, and curricular achievements in school music programmes. Other topics include a broad look at different music educator philosophers and theorists, understanding the self, the roles of the music teacher, and tools of teaching. The course will place emphasis on practical approaches to teaching both in the classroom and rehearsal setting.

 Methods and Materials in Music I
Andre Adman

Methods and Materials in Music I

This methods course reflects the historical, social and cultural milieu in which music takes place in the schools of our nation. The course focuses not only on giving our students the necessary musical tools needed for a career in music education but also prepares them for the pedagogical
skills needed to effectively design, and manage learning and instruction at the secondary level in a Jamaican school. Emphasis is given to planning, teaching and evaluating music lessons and to utilizing techniques and materials from a variety of approaches. The cultural framework in which
music education takes place is focused on so that students will not only be exposed to musical ideas from outside the geographical region in which they live but an emphasis will be placed on materials and musical ideas from Jamaica and the Caribbean region. The course will operate as a learning laboratory where students will function as both student and teacher. Students will be asked to teach mini-lessons and be involved in pedagogical practice modules in schools. The
course is a two part one: the first part focuses primarily on giving students the methods and materials that they will need in their career as music educators; the second part will broaden the offerings to include more intense work on pedagogy and educational organization aimed at preparing students for teaching practice and the ultimate goal of being  effective educators in secondary school music.

 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.

 Studio Practice

Studio Practice

Students will undertake specific projects as they explore and develop a sophisticated understanding of how the elements and principles of design are employed through exposure to the discipline of Studio Practice within three department of their choice. Throughout the semester students will engage with various materials and integrated explorations while referencing their Integrated 2D/3D Studio. This will further inform them of the formal fundamental concepts that under-pins contemporary art-making which will be enhanced by specific readings and critical thinking and discussions.

 Integrated 2D/3D II
Jheanell Forbes-BrahamChung Knight

Integrated 2D/3D II

Throughout the semester students will continue to engage with varying materials and integrated explorations of the formal fundamental concepts that underpin studio practice. Students will further explore the subtle differences between 2D and 3D, and acquire an understanding of how they inform each other. This will be enhanced by specific readings related to contemporary studio practice. To introduce students to 2 and 3 dimensional art processes in a holistic manner. The course seeks to foster the exploration of the inter-relatedness of these art-making principles, while simultaneously developing the language and understanding of the formal aspects of art creation

 Integrated 2D/3D I
Jheanell Forbes-BrahamChung Knight

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.

 Intermediate Photography
Amanda Lazarus

Intermediate Photography

This course provides students with the opportunity to expand on the basic knowledge acquired in the introductory course. Further exploration of the camera use and darkroom is encouraged. Prerequisite: Introduction to Photography

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
Jheanell Forbes-Braham

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 II
Susan Lee Quee

Technology in the Art Classroom II

This course continues to prepare students to perform in technology enhanced learning environments, with emphasis on the teaching of art.

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. 


Critical Thinking and Expository Writing Skills
Alecia Gonzales Morgan

Critical Thinking and Expository Writing Skills

This course seeks to further develop students’ competencies in writing beyond a five paragraph expository essays to 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 and grammatical and syntactic skills. Students will continue to identify author’s themes and methods, write formally in response to diverse cues, critically evaluate literary and non literary forms, plan and write with a purpose that builds an argument towards an overall point or goal. 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.

Prerequisite – Fundamentals in English

 Latin American Art History
Lesley-Gail Atkinson Swaby

Latin American Art History

This course surveys modernist trends in Latin American Art. It focuses on the populist mural  tradition and the influence of the Mexican aesthetic in the 19th and 20th centuries; the  reassessment of the Latin American identity to accommodate European, African and Amerindian contributions; and emergence of more socially motivated art concerned with politics and dictatorships from the 1930s to the present.

 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.

 Introduction to Photography
Amanda Lazarus

Introduction to Photography

This course introduces the student to digital photography both from a technical viewpoint and towards a personal vision. Basic rules of composition,  aesthetic qualities of the print and self expression are all important.  Students also learn the technical aspects of camera functions and Digital Editing

Prerequisite: None

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.

TEACHING PRACTICE (PRACTICUM) (Pre-Requisite:TE241B)

TEACHING PRACTICE (PRACTICUM) (Pre-Requisite:TE241B)

This course is regarded as the major component of the education core course for the Education Specialist, therefore, it is specifically designed to further equip teachers with the knowledge, attitude and skills required to plan and teach the visual and performing arts as a subject in

their own right, drawing from their own body of knowledge which is obtained from the art forms.


This course enables the pre-service artist teacher to gain practice and confidence as well as develop educational units and lessons for implementation in assigned schools. Throughout the process, students are guided by assigned supervisors to conduct school observation exercises; to

complete behavioral, supervisory and material inventories; to develop lessons and to teach them.


The course provides an opportunity for students to explore developmental, behavioural, teaching and learning theories in a practical setting. Within such a setting students have a chance to see how theory is translated into practice and the opportunities and challenges that this entails. Students also have the opportunity to see how teachers provide professional development for each other in the area of the Visual and Performing Arts.

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.

Caribbean Culture in Performance II
Camille Quamina

Caribbean Culture in Performance II

In this course students will explore theoretically and practically three models for employing selected cultural forms of the region to generate play making, play writing and production concepts as playwrights and directors.

Teaching Practice (PRACTICUM)
Dorraine Reid

Teaching Practice (PRACTICUM)

This course is regarded as the major component of the education core course for the Education Specialist, therefore, it is specifically designed to further equip teachers with the knowledge, attitude and skills required to plan and teach the visual and performing arts as a subject in their own right, drawing from their own body of knowledge which is obtained from the art forms.

This course enables the pre-service artist teacher to gain practice and confidence as well as develop educational units and lessons for implementation in assigned schools. Throughout the process, students are guided by assigned supervisors to conduct school observation exercises; to complete behavioral, supervisory and material inventories; to develop lessons and to teach them.

The course provides an opportunity for students to explore developmental, behavioural, teaching and learning theories in a practical setting. Within such a setting students have a chance to see how theory is translated into practice and the opportunities and challenges that this entails.  Students also have the opportunity to see how teachers provide professional development for each other in the area of the Visual and Performing Arts.

Theatre Crafts for the School Production
Emmanuel Nwachuku

Theatre Crafts for the School Production

Each 3 hour class period is broken down into two segments. The first hour or segment is devoted to a lecture/discussion of various internationally approved stage technology procedures and practices. The remaining two hours or second segment is devoted to reinforcing the topic of the day by “hands-on” projects relating to the implementation of design aspects for Drama School productions completed in Drama School shops and labs. Students must come to class dressed appropriately for the work being done on that day.

Literature for Children
Christopher Williams

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.

Information Literacy Skills (LS101)

Information Literacy Skills (LS101)

The Information Literacy Skills programme is designed primarily to focus on internet search skills, database training and academic integrity, types of sources and evaluation of sources.

Critical Analysis and Expository Writing - Brissett
Wendy-Ann BrissettRegina BrownAlecia Gonzales Morgan

Critical Analysis and Expository Writing - Brissett

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.

Introduction to Arts Management II
Owen Ellis

Introduction to Arts Management II

This course is a continuation of Introduction to Arts Management I and further seeks to identify what is arts management and its relevance for the development of arts in relation to leisure pursuits. The course will examine the process, best practices and standards associated with
Production Management. This course focuses on topics and issues in Leadership, the Functions of Management and Theatre Arts Production. Students will gain hands- on experience through the creation of a Theatre Arts production and gain valuable insight about conflict, task and team management.

Principles of Accounting II
Courtney Thompson

Principles of Accounting II

Pre-Requisite: AM104A

The course is designed for students who have successfully completed Principles of Accounting I and expands on the basic framework covered in the first course. Emphasis is placed on specific areas of accounting: internal control, receivables, long-term assets and liabilities, debt and equity financing, and the statement of cash flows.

Introduction to Practice of Visual and Performing Arts II
Renee Kitson

Introduction to Practice of Visual and Performing Arts II

This course is a continuation of Introduction to the Visual and Performing Arts Practice I and further helps to sensitize students to the practice of the visual and performing arts. Students are exposed to the offerings of each School which is designed to stimulate interest in and appreciation of the practice of the arts.

Organization and Human Resource Management I (Pre-Requisite: AM225A)
Terriann East-Oldham

Organization and Human Resource Management I (Pre-Requisite: AM225A)

This course provides an opportunity for students to understand human resource theorists, Jamaican labor laws,employer/employee relations, unions, grievance procedures and industrial relations. The importance of contracts and how they function in the organization is an important aspect of this course.

Business and Professional Communication
Renee Kitson

Business and Professional Communication

This course is designed to introduce and expose students to the fundamentals of academic and professional communication skills to allow them to more effectively apply communication theories and best practices to meet their academic and corporate communication needs.

Artiste Management
Owen Ellis

Artiste Management

This course examines the way in which the arts are represented in the development of Tourism and seeks to evaluate whether its impact could be enhanced in an effort to reinvent the Caribbean Tourism Product. To examine the contribution of arts and culture to tourism in the Caribbean

and address issues of quality in terms of the way this is

Business and Strategic Planning For the Arts
Renee Kitson

Business and Strategic Planning For the Arts

This is primarily a theoretical course which provides an opportunity for students to understand the concepts of business and strategic planning for development of the arts organization. The course provides an understanding of and hands- on development of the business plan through group

work and use of the software, business plan pro premier.

Intellectual Property and the Legal Framework of Business
Kaydian Smith

Intellectual Property and the Legal Framework of Business

This course introduces students to issues involving Intellectual Property (IP) including copyright, patents,and trademarks and examines how these issues relate to the business practices of artistic expression. In addition,the course provides an overview of the legal, regulatory and ethical environment in which business decisions must be made with particular attention to Jamaica’s role in the promotion of intellectual property rights.

Fundamentals of Event Planning
Renee Kitson

Fundamentals of Event Planning

This course is designed to familiarize students with the theories and best practices for planning, organizing and coordinating an event; including strategic planning,task identification and coordination, document design,marketing, sponsorship, and post-event evaluation.Topics covered will challenge students to apply theory in creating and presenting a mock event proposal.

Event Management and Media Strategies II
Vilya Thomas

Event Management and Media Strategies II

This course builds on the event management framework introduced in Events Management and Media Strategies I. Topics in this component will include integrated marketing and communication, operations and risk assessment management, applications to their planned and check listed
event. Students will examine the final sets of knowledge areas and have opportunities to engage in the application of these areas through field trips, hands on experience in College and outside events, observation and the planning of their own. Students will collaborate as a team on the type of event that they want to present, design same and manage all aspects of the planning and production under supervision.

Entrepreneurship and the Arts
Owen Ellis

Entrepreneurship and the Arts

This course examines the Arts under the banner of the cultural and creative industries, as a commodity that can be sold. It will explore policies, the supportive framework for entrepreneurs, as well as the financial provisions available to entrepreneurs and their creative start-ups. It aims to
explore the possibility of enterprising arts practitioners and entrepreneurs developing new arts products and stimulating new arts consumers.

Arts and Culture: Policy Development
Janice Gore

Arts and Culture: Policy Development

This course explores the impact of arts and cultural policy development and implementation, both locally and regionally and sensitizes students to the issues involved in policy development and planning and its impact on implementation.

Academic and Professional Writing
Regina BrownRohan Lewis

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.

Caribbean Culture and Identity
Marissa BenainRenee Kitson

Caribbean Culture and Identity

This course seeks to introduce students to theories of “Caribbeanness” through the framework of Caribbean Cultural Studies. By engaging this multidisciplinary approach the course highlights major historical, cultural and aesthetical occurrences in the Caribbean. Students are expected to analyse race, class and gender as frames of reference for understanding cultural practices and subsequent power relations. As such, the course also offers students a platform from which to interpret cultural
expressions in its broadest political sense.

Conversational French
Leonie Wallace

Conversational French

The Beginners French course will cover basic grammar rules, pronunciation and vocabulary acquisition. Students will learn how to interact on a basic level in day-to-day situations with French speakers. They will also learn about French and Francophone music, art, dance and theatre in the Caribbean Region and around the world. The course will be based on the four language skills:
listening, speaking, reading and writing, but greater emphasis will be placed on oral skills. Input will be based on text books, web-based sources and authentic reading materials. Texts and dialogues as well as grammar and vocabulary exercises for class work will also be created by the instructor.

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 Creative Insight
Regina Brown

Critical Thinking and Creative Insight

This course introduces students to argument analysis, definition, art theories and role of critical thinking and analysis in the arts. Students are encouraged to develop a system of reference and theoretical framework that informs the understanding of their craft and its relationship to factors that impact on their creative imagination. The sessions are conducted within a laboratory  environment through which the artist is faced with contemporary issues, theories and experiences, which inform, influence and enhance art creation. The relationship among the arts and the individuals understanding self, culture, religion, economy and society are also emphasized.

Introduction to Spanish II (Pre-Requisite: GS102A)
Francis Longmore

Introduction to Spanish II (Pre-Requisite: GS102A)

This course further develops skills in understanding and speaking Spanish through practice in using more complex sentences. The course continues to facilitate students’ awareness of the social function of the language and the use of appropriate gesture and grammar in specific contexts.

Critical Thinking and Expository Writing
Regina Brown

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
Regina Brown

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.

Conversational Spanish
Francis Longmore

Conversational Spanish

This course is designed for persons with little or no knowledge of Spanish, who wish to be able to communicate in the language about everyday matters at a basic level.

Psychology II (Pre-Requisite: GS201A)
Sheralda Small

Psychology II (Pre-Requisite: GS201A)

(Pre-Requisite: GS201A)

This course introduces students to general behavioural psychology as it relates to personality, growth and development. This course provides information on a broad range of topics that illustrate how and why we think, feel and act by introducing students to topics within the areas of development, abnormal and social psychology.

Gender in Society: Issues and Theoretical Considerations
Katie Dieter

Gender in Society: Issues and Theoretical Considerations

This course aims to familiarize students in the field of Gender Studies and across a range of disciplines. Students will encounter a number of different ways in which sex, gender and sexuality have been, and can be understood within the different cultures, especially the Caribbean culture. Masculinities and femininities and the ways in which these interact with other markers of difference such as ‘race’, ‘class’, ‘ethnicity’ and ‘nationality’ will be central themes in this course. Culture, in this context, refers to the inherited ideas, beliefs, values and knowledge about gender that constitutes and contributes to the shared bases of social action and activities of Caribbean peoples.


Performance Research Forum
Debra-Ann Davidson

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.

Fundamentals of Educational Administration
Regina Brown

Fundamentals of Educational Administration

This educational administration course emphasizes the importance of leadership practices. Prospective school administrators are expected to develop inclusive decision making processes and continually reflect on the effectiveness of these procedures. The participants in this course will be exposed to a wide range of knowledge and skills which will enable them to function, not only as the
heads of institutions, but as better classroom managers, coordinators and heads of departments.

Assessment and the Classroom
Verona Barnes

Assessment and the Classroom

The Classroom Assessment course provides the opportunity for student-teachers to understand both the assessment emphasis of the constructivist and that of the behaviourist which is normally associated with accountability in education. The examination of various assessment concepts that are relevant to classroom assessment forms an important part of the course. So too are the critical technical requirements of assessment instruments and procedures. The course provides opportunities to explore various instruments and procedures that are frequently used and associated with constructivist assessment on the one hand and accountability assessment on the other. It places as much importance on the acquisition of skills in developing and using assessment instruments and procedures as it does on a good grasp of conceptual and theoretical issues. Students are provided with the opportunity through their coursework to apply the skills that they learn to authentic situations.

Psychology and Education
Coretta Brown-Johnson

Psychology and Education

This course will address a range of topics in Psychology and Education, which will enhance students’ understanding, and application in illustrating what motivates how human beings think, feel and act. Students will also be introduced to developmental, abnormal, social and other areas of the science and art of Psychology, while also being exposed to the tenets of proper application and expectations of professional impartation and conduct. Students will also be exposed to cur- rent trends in and perspectives of Psychology and Education.

Reflective Practice and Action Research
Wendy-Ann Brissett

Reflective Practice and Action Research

Reflective Practicum requires student teachers to participate in a variety of activities in a school in addition to observing contextual elements and forces at work in this context. It requires the participants to work as a learning community while integrating professional, specialized, pedagogical and collaborative research knowledge and skills to examine/address issues related to (a) Curriculum (b) The Process of Learning in the school assigned or chosen. During the practicum, the participants will assume full responsibility for the outcome of the process although there will be formal supervision. As part of taking responsibility, they should seek the advice of their department on matters of concern to them

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.

Fundamentals of Event Planning (SCEAP)
Vilya Thomas

Fundamentals of Event Planning (SCEAP)

This course is designed to familiarize students with the theories and best practices for planning, organizing and coordinating an event; including strategic planning,task identification and coordination, document design,marketing, sponsorship, and post-event evaluation.Topics covered will challenge students to apply theory in creating and presenting a mock event proposal.

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. 

Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts

Theatre Arts   is  at  the    centre  of    the    cultural  expression  of    Caribbean  peoples.  As  a  discipline,  Theatre Arts reflects  life  and contributes  uniquely  to  the    spiritual,  intellectual,  social,  emotional,  and  aesthetic  growth of    an  individual.  Theatre Arts  employs a  variety  of    arts,  such  as,  dance,  choreography,   acting, playwriting and directing.   It  also  uses the  crafts of  the  carpenter,  painter,  artist and designer, and the  skills  of organisation, co-ordination, and stage   management of activities.  Consequently, Theatre Arts also contributes invaluably  to  the  creative  economy  of  the  region

CSEC Music
Janett Ismay-Kerr

CSEC Music

Music education contributes to the enhancement of aesthetic and intellectual development as well as social skills. As a part of general education, music is pleasurable to and suitable for students with different aptitudes and abilities, including those students who are physically and emotionally challenged. The nature of Music education allows students to develop their capacity to manage their own learning, work together with others and engage in activities that reflect the real-world practice of performers, composers and audiences. Music is also known to contribute to the development of qualities that other disciplines aim to develop, namely: creative and inventive thinking, self-control, self-expression, disciplined thinking, problem-solving abilities, teamwork and sensitivity to the needs and contributions of others.

In offering the CSEC Music syllabus, the Caribbean Examinations Council is providing opportunities for the development of a practical knowledge of music and of the skills of analysis that can form the basis for further studies in teaching, performing, conducting, composing and arranging, the music business and other music-related fields. The syllabus is rooted in Caribbean musical expressions, as well as in the musical expressions of other cultures. Further, the syllabus enables regional peoples to participate in the continuing development of Caribbean musical culture and to contribute to, and draw from, the pool of knowledge that constitutes world music.

The Music syllabus focuses on three major topics or profile dimensions namely:

  • Listening and Appraising (LIAP)
  • Performing (PERF)
  • Composing (COMP)

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.