Expressive Arts

Expressive Arts at UTS is where students develop creative and critical thinking skills and apply the creative process through these subject areas
while building on vital forms of communication. The development of dramatic, musical, interdisciplinary and visual literacy enables students to foster awareness and appreciation in the arts in their own and other cultures. In producing their own creative works, they communicate their insights while developing artistic skills and aesthetic judgment.

Drama

All drama courses explore creative problem-solving through collaboration and experiential learning. In the Foundation years, students explore basic drama skills, processes and styles through workshops, rehearsal, and performance. From then on, students expand and deepen their knowledge of theatre and film, and move towards independently creating, directing, producing and presenting their own works.

Music

Throughout the six-year program at UTS, students engage in musical performance, creation, and analysis. The study of music is intended to develop students’ understanding and appreciation through a focus on practical skill development and creative work. Students gain creative problem-solving skills, individual and collaborative work habits, knowledge of themselves and others, a sense of personal responsibility, connections to their communities and future careers.

Credits for Music Highlights video: Sonata for Flute and Piano, Mvt. 3 – Francis Poulenc, Kevin Wang (M3)- flute, Dr. Cecilia Lee – piano, Ethan Jeon – cello, Cello Concerto  No. 1 in C Major, Mvt. 3 – Franz Joseph Haydn, Ethan Jeon (F1)- Cello, Dr. Cecilia Lee – piano, Piano Concerto in G Major M.83, Mvt. 3 – Maurice Ravel, Jarmin Weng (F1) – piano, Dr. Cecilia Lee – piano accompaniment, Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in E-flat major, K. 364 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Brandon Ling – violin (F2), Tiffany Mok- viola (F2), Hugo Ip- piano (F2), Arioso of King Rene, from “Yolanta” – Pyotr Tchaikovsky, arr. by Lois Alexander, Jenny Wu (M3)- tuba, Mr. Jim Corbett – piano accompaniment,  Sinfonia Concertante for Violin, Viola and Orchestra in E-flat major, K. 364 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Brandon Ling – violin (F2), Tiffany Mok- viola (F2), Hugo Ip- piano (F2), Arioso of King Rene, from “Yolanta” – Pyotr Tchaikovsky, arr. by Lois Alexander, Jenny Wu (M3)- tuba, Mr. Jim Corbett – piano accompaniment, Flute Concerto in G Major, Mov. 1 – Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Chamber Strings with Emily Wan (S5) – solo flute, Ms. Lyris Pat, conductor, Duet for Sax and Cello Op.99 – Nicolai Kapustin, Laia Bent (S5) – cello, Michael Cheng (S5)- saxophone, Czardas – V. Monti arr. by J. McLeod rearranged for solo and Chamber Strings by UTS Chamber Strings, Chamber Strings with Wendy Huang (S5)- solo violinMs. S. Shugarman, conductor Ms. Lyris Pat, accompanist

Visual Arts

The Visual Arts program encourages discovery, independence and self-awareness through the study of studio workshops, historical analyses and contemporary art practices. Each year, students will build and diversify their collection of works within an individualized portfolio.

Interdisciplinary Art and Design

Our world is increasingly interconnected and interdependent. We are facing an unprecedented range of issues that cannot be truly understood in isolation. Contemporary understandings and solutions are achieved by bridging between distinct academic disciplines and categories of knowledge. This course examines how artists, designers, cultural theorists and others construct “quality connections” through the use of interdisciplinary methods and perspectives. To become effective global citizens and change-makers we must use interdisciplinary lenses: to conduct inquiry with depth and breadth; to synthesize acquired knowledge; and then design with empathy for the user to communicate new understandings.

Samples of student work:

Vincent Song

The first poster was modeled off of a poster for the Irishman. In effect, the Paypal Mafia was the team that founded Paypal. After selling the company to Ebay for 1.5 billion, most if not all the team went on to become venture capitalists or startup founders creating companies like Palantir, Youtube, Affirm, LinkedIn, SpaceX, Tesla and many more. In effect, Peter Theil is the “Don” of the mafia and has invested in most if not all of the prominent startups from the past decade. He is also an outspoken libertarian and has an enormous sway on founders like Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk. However, many find his ethics to be questionable – most notably his company Palantir was instrumental to the assassination of Osama Bin Laden and the data analysis for conflicts in the middle east.

Speaking of Mark Zuckerberg, he has recently come under fire for refusing to censor and fact check fake and dangerous news. In fact, he was quoted as saying that he would not become an arbitrator of accuracy, declaring himself a supporter of free speech. Additionally, it was also recently leaked that the algorithm that controls the feed intentionally creates division and extremism to maximize engagement. This is something the executives were aware of yet did not fix. Thus the chasm, and the americana present in the second poster.

The reasoning behind the Netflix posters is an ode to how scripted these companies successes are. Oftentimes the so called innvatots of the future are merely actors in a movie directed by Venture Capitalists, meant to be consumed and commercialized for the mass populace.



Neha Rastogi

a glitch in time


Is it Wednesday or Saturday? Is it really only Monday? These are the questions I often find myself wondering. Our sense of time has been so drastically skewed after being shut off from the world, at least physically, that the days have started to blur together. When I originally researched this topic, I found that the days of the week were so ingrained in our psyche that the human brain automatically makes connections and associates the days with emotions, feelings, colours, even personalities. Our perception of the time depends on this structure and categorization that assigns narratives to help us make sense of the world, as well as use our time productively. My artwork portrays 7 neat columns, each representing a day of the week. Colours are subjective; the associations are different for everyone, but these are the colours I associate with each day. Everything is neat, defined and separate. And then the pandemic hit, represented by the iconic yellow COVID/CAUTION tape. We tried to maintain our calm at the start, but the start of the quarantine was a major turning point for all of us. With time, the days start to blend together; the lines become blurry as we start to lose our sense of time, the very thing that used to guide us. We begin to repeat our actions, go through cycles of the same thing day in, day out, until there is nothing left to separate one day from the next. A glitch in time.


Alex Zhuang