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.
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.
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
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:
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.