Fine Arts Requirements

These are the Fine Arts Requirements for Grades 8-12, according to the School Act

Grade 8 and 9

Each school year, a board must offer to all students in kindergarten to grade 9 an educational program that meets the learning outcomes set out in the applicable educational program guide in Arts Education (Dance, Drama, Music, and Visual Arts)
*Refer to the provincial government ministerial orders for more information on this legislation:

Graduation Requirement (Grades 10-12)

In order to graduate, a student must earn a minimum of 4 credits in the Fine Arts and/or the Applied Skills subject areas as outlined in the Graduation Program Order. Refer to the BC Ministry of Education website for more information: 

Fine Arts courses offered at WSS that meet these requirements:

Drama Music Visual Art
Drama 10 Choir 10  Art Studio 10
Drama 11 Choir 11 Studio Arts 2D 10
Drama 12 Choir 12 Studio Arts 3D 10
Directing & Script Development 11 Concert Band 10 Art Studio 11
Directing & Script Development 12 Jazz Band 10 Studio Arts 2D 11
Theatre Production 10 Concert Band 11 Studio Arts 3D 11
Theatre Production 11 Jazz Band 11 Graphic Arts 11
Theatre Production 12 Concert Band 12 Art Studio 12
Theatre Company 10 Jazz Band 12 Studio Arts 2D 12
Theatre Company 11 Guitar 11 Studio Arts 3D 12
Theatre Company 12 Guitar 12 Graphic Arts 12
    Photography 10 
    Photography 11 (a BAA course until 2019)
    Photography 12 (a BAA course until 2019)

*Photography is offered in Grades 10, 11, and 12, but it is a Board Authorized Authority Course. In September 2017, the new Photography 10 course written by the Arts Education 10-12 will be in place.
The Ministry of Education encourages school boards to offer locally relevant courses to meet the needs of schools and their communities while providing choice and flexibility for students. In order to count for credit toward the provincial graduation program, a locally designed course must meet requirements set by the Ministry of Education, as outlined in the Board Authorized Course Order, and be approved by a school board.
There is no limit to the number of Board/Authority Authorized (BAA) Courses that may be used as part of the 28 credits of electives needed to fulfill graduation requirements.