Art

Art Course Information

Each of the courses offered by the Art Department will satisfy the fine arts requirement for graduation.

Course Competency Exam Policy

Students transferring in from outside of the West Des Moines Community Schools will have to submit a portfolio, with samples of their artwork, to the instructor of the course they wish to test out of. They will also be subject to any skill/safety exams that the instructor chooses. Approval in both of these areas will allow the student to test out of the course. If the above guidelines are not met, the student will start in an entry-level art course.

Full Course Descriptions and Course Numbers (Online)

Full Course Descriptions and Course Numbers (PDF)

Scholar of Fine Arts—Visual Arts Information

The information on this page has been updated for the 2018-19 school year. Please see the 2017-18 curriculum catalog for this school year.

Course Title 10 11 12 One semester Two semesters Credit Pre-requisite Required
FOUNDATION-LEVEL COURSES
Introduction to Digital Graphics
X X X X 1 No
Video Production X X X X 1 No
Photo I: Principles of Photography  X X X X 1 No
Three-Dimensional Foundations X X X X 1 No
Two-Dimensional Foundations X X X X 1 No
APPLICATION-LEVEL COURSES
Ceramics Applications X X X X 1 Yes
Digital Animation Applications X X X X 1 Yes
Drawing Applications X X X X 1 Yes
Metal Art Applications X X X X 1 Yes
Painting Applications  X X X X 1 Yes
Photo II: Principles of Digital Photography X X X X 1 Yes
ADVANCED PLACEMENT
AP Studio Art X X X 2 Yes