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It is the aim of the Greater Hartford Academy of the Arts to enable each student to develop his/her artistic, creative and scholastic potential to the fullest. Through its core courses, the curriculum at the Arts Academy aims to teach students the knowledge and skills necessary to enter college and to become working artists, should they so choose.


coltacademic.jpgThe Arts Academy’s curriculum  enables all students to work toward achieving up to and beyond the State academic standards and the National arts standards upon completion of the programs.

Arts Academy academic courses are geared toward the artistic sensibilities  of aspiring artists. These classes count toward the state’s high school graduation  requirements  in the areas of English, Mathematics,  Science, Physical Education, Health, Social Studies, World Language and the Arts. The curriculum  is academically  rigorous and commitment  to serious study is expected of all students in all courses. It is imperative for an artist to be an educated citizen of the world. Therefore, it is vital that students and parents/guardians understand  that their choice is not arts or academics;  it must be arts and academics.

Students completing the programs at the Arts Academy should leave as a viable candidate for a college program as well as create and replicate, on his/her own, that which he/she has been taught and to prepare and perform any work while understanding the context in which that work occurs as an artist.

Please refer to the Program of Studies below for more detailed information.



Arts Academy arts courses expose students to the work in a variety of genres, both to refine their abilities and to provide practical experience in a range of possible careers. Areas of focus include:

Creative Writing / Dance / Instrumental Music and VoiceMusical Theater / Theater  / Theater Design & Production / Visual Arts

Creative Writing/Media Arts


Creative Writing and Media department offers professional training in both Creative Writing and Media Arts. The Creative Writing curriculum is comprised of three components designed to work together in order to provide students with a breadth and depth of artistic and intellectual experience. Each component offers courses in graduated levels, from beginner through advanced.

Students develop a fluid relationship between their response to the world and the expression of that response in the written form that best unfolds their material poetry, fiction, non-fiction, autobiography and humor. Writing workshops, literature courses, tutorials, poetry and prose readings, and the publication of students' work provide the basis for the creative writing courses.

In addition to classes, in poetry and fiction, there are courses in songwriting, animation, play and screenwriting, and interdisciplinary and media arts classes that explore the interrelationship between writing and all the other art forms. Students that want a focus on Media Arts learn the skills needed to discover, define, and refine their artistic voice through media.

For more information contact Rafael Oses, Creative Writing/Media arts Department Chair at (860) 757-6300 ext. 3516

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DanceClasscrop.JPGThe mission of the Dance department is to create a climate of professionalism which encourages all students to expand their technical knowledge and creative abilities as dancers; to create an environment which supports effort, hard work and risk taking so that each student confidently uses their talents to reach their full and unique potential and to foster respect for the art form and for the diversity and passions of the individuals within it.  

Rigorous daily technique classes are designed to develop versatile and knowledgeable dancers. Students study Ballet, Modern, Dance History, Dance Improvisation, Dance Composition, Conditioning, Repertory (Ballet or Modern) and Dance Skills. Elective class offerings include Contemporary, Pointe and Jazz.   

Students follow the curriculum prescribed by the Dance Department. Class assignments are made by the department chair and are based on age and intellectual, physical and technical development. Spending one year in any level does not guarantee a move up to the next level the following year.   

One Year: A student who attends one year will take: Ballet, Modern, Conditioning, Dance Topics, and an elective within the department.  

Two Years: A student who attends two years will take, in addition to the requirements of one year: Ballet, Modern, Dance Composition 1, Dance Skills and an elective within the department.  

Three Years: A student who attends three years will take, in addition to the requirements of two years: increasingly advanced levels of Ballet and Modern, and Dance Composition 2, Dance History and an elective within the department.

 Four Years: A student who attends four years will take, in addition to the requirements of three years: increasingly advanced levels of Ballet and Modern, Ballet Repertory OR Modern Repertory and Senior Composition/Production.

For more information contact Alexa Melonopoulos Fleury, Dance Department Chair at; 860-757-6338

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Instrumental Music and Voice

Music4.jpgStudents learn to play in small ensembles that include jazz, classical piano, string, woodwinds, guitar and chamber ensembles. The music curriculum emphasizes music theory, keyboard, sight reading and ear training.

Depending on the number of years students attend the Academy, they may take such classes as Major Ensemble, Music Theory or Composition, Piano, Music History, weekly 15-minute private coaching (for voice students), a voice class for non-vocalists, Movement, Acting, Opera/Art Songs and Jazz History.

For more information contact Gene Bozzi, Music Department Chair at;
(860) 757-6337

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Musical Theater

WSS205.jpgThe Musical Theater Concentration's primary objective is to help students develop skills in the three areas of dance, acting and voice. Students will begin with the basics in all three disciplines (e.g., ballet and body fundamentals, vocal techniques and sight reading, fundamental acting techniques and monologues) and progress to intermediate and advanced levels. Training will also include audition strategies and experience. The curriculum content is based on a chronological and historical sequence of the development of the musical theater in America.

For more information contact Stacie Beard, Musical Theater Department Chair at; (860) 757-3521

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Course work includes acting, movement, voice, diction, commedia dell'Arte, puppetry, textual analysis, Suzuki, musical theater (from an acting focus), acting for the camera, Shakespeare and Classical Scene Study.

Each student who enters is placed in an age-appropriate Acting I class and then progresses each year through Acting II, Acting III, Acting IV. Students take other classes as well, such as Textual Analysis, Movement for Actors, Voice and Diction, Musical Theater, Monologues, Theater History, Acting for the Camera, Commedia dell'Arte, Puppetry, Playwriting, Physical Theater/Dance Improvisation and Radio Drama. The curriculum is cumulative, and is designed to give students the knowledge and training to use theater as their voice.

For more information contact Brian Jennings, Theater Department Chair at; (860) 757-6340

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Theater Design and Production

KAteMask.JPGThe Theater Design and Production major is intended for individuals with a sincere desire to explore any aspect of theater design and production; areas covered in classes include drawing, sound, lighting, carpentry, costume design and construction, set design, art history, textual analysis, technical production and stage management. Students get instruction and hands on experience in all these areas; as seniors, they can choose an area of focus, and often are able to design and construct one aspect of a Black Box production.

For more information contact Jim Keller, Theater Design & Production Department Chair at; (860) 757-6336

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Visual Arts

VisArts2.jpgThe Visual Arts Department teaches the fundamentals of art in a variety of disciplines, including painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and sculpture and the Art of the Book. We teach and stress visual thinking and creative problem solving. We emphasize observational drawing skills for college portfolio preparation as well as experimental work in all media.

Through our Art History program, we provide a context for the students’ work. Through gallery and museum tours and visiting artists, we introduce the students to the work of artists - both past and present. Students in their individual classes are asked to research and report on an artist of their choice. We encourage collaborative work both within the department and throughout the school.

We encourage and support students in risk-taking as they move through the curriculum. We prepare them for independent study projects and require that in their fourth year they take Senior Studio, which allows them to develop an independent project and culminates in a Senior Art Show. Seniors are asked to donate a piece of artwork for our permanent collection. We display student artwork in the school, throughout the community, nationally and internationally.

For more information contact Natasha Miles, Visual Arts Department Chair at; (860) 757-6341

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Learn about our other programs, which provide students with additional arts exposure as they focus on their areas of concentration.



Program Highlights

The Academy offers programs for students interested in furthering their studies of the arts, including a Summer Arts Program, a Saturday Program and the Looking In theater group.

How to apply
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