The school's curriculum combines intensive arts training with a rigorous academic program. In every aspect of the curriculum, the Baltimore School for the Arts emphasize self-awareness, self-discipline and personal motivation. The students learn how to think independently and take responsibility for their lives. Twenty periods a week are devoted to academic subjects and twenty to the student's art major.
ACADEMICS: The academic program at the Baltimore School for the Arts is a college preparatory program that includes honors and advanced placement level courses.
DANCE: A comprehensive curriculum of classes in traditional ballet and modern techniques prepares students for advanced college-level dance programs, as well as for future work with professional dance companies-both modern and ballet-and theatrical, television or film productions.
MUSIC: The music program provides comprehensive preparation in vocal or instrumental music. Students participate in a variety of performance ensembles, receive weekly private music lessons and study music theory and literature. Students who qualify may take Educational Testing Service Advanced Placement examinations in music literature and music theory.
THEATRE: The theatre department offers two areas of concentration: acting and theatre production. The acting program consists of sequential course work that begins with self-exploration and improvisation before moving on to scene study, rehearsal and performance. The theatre production program consists of class work and practical work on stage productions. Students learn basic skills, then assume positions of responsibility on productions for the Theatre, Dance and Music Departments.
VISUAL ART: The visual arts program provides a solid foundation in drawing, design, painting and sculpture, with emphasis on the human figure. Advanced level courses in a variety of media encourage intellectual curiosity, conceptual skills and development of personal expressions. Students who qualify may take the Educational Testing Service Advanced Placement Art History Examination.
Students participate in numerous recitals, presentations and an annual series of master classes conducted by nationally and internationally renowned visiting artists. Our students also gain professional experience through the school's affiliations with local arts cultural and civic institutions, such as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Center Stage, Everyman Theatre, and Peabody Conservatory.
More than 50% of BSA's faculty have been with the school for 10-20 years. There are nine full-time arts faculty members and 17 full-time academic faculty members. The core of the arts faculty is composed of professional artists with a specific area of expertise and who teach at the school on a part-time basis. The part-time faculty of approximately 90 professional artists provide a critical link between the BSA students and the professional arts world.