DCPS Seal of Fine Arts

  • Initiated in 2022, the goals of the Duval County Public Schools Seal of Fine Arts are:

    • To celebrate students who demonstrate high levels of commitment and proficiency in the fine arts (as defined in Florida Statute 1003.4995 including visual arts, music, dance, and theatre) through personal expression and creative experiences in fine arts education programs
    • To explore innovative pathways in the fine arts that cultivate skills for 21st-century success
    • To prepare students for college and career readiness through active participation in artistic endeavors
    • To promote increased access to well-rounded, high-quality fine arts education across the district

    The Seal of Fine Arts designates graduating seniors who have dedicated a significant portion of their high school journey to the study and pursuit of excellence in their fine arts field. 

    The information below offers a full description of this honor as well as how students can qualify, what needs to be submitted, and the link for the application (live link will be posted on this page in the fall of 2022 when the application window opens for the 22-23 academic year). 

    Not a senior, but interested in working towards this honor? Review the information and plan ahead! We look forward to honoring YOU!

    If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Laurie Hoppock, DCPS Director of the Arts.

     

DCPS Seal of Fine Arts
  • Student Requirements to Qualify for the DCPS Seal of Fine Arts: 22-23 School Year

    To qualify for the 2022-2023 Seal of Fine Arts, a student will complete:

     

    1. A final GPA of 3.5 in each qualifying fine arts course and an overall GPA of 2.5
    2. A minimum of 4 credits in fine arts discipline(s) as defined in Florida Statute 1003.4995 (dance, music, theatre, or visual art) *Qualifying courses listed below
    3. Letter of Recommendation from a Fine Arts Educator who works with the applicant
    4. Artist Statement submitted by the applicant (200-500 words) addressing how the arts have impacted their life/what the arts mean to them/where they see themselves using the arts in their life beyond the classroom
    5. At least one of the following:
      • Two years of participation in a district, regional, state, or national fine arts event(s) including, but not limited to:
        • Honor Music Ensembles
        • District Music Performance Assessments (MPAs)
        • Thespians
        • Award recipient through the DCPS High School Art Exhibition
        • Award recipient through regional or national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
      • Submission of a Fine Arts Portfolio (Visual Art Portfolio or a Performance Portfolio) **See below

     

    Qualifying Fine Arts Course Options

    Visual Arts

    ●      2D Studio Art 1, 2, 3H

    ●      3D Studio Art 1, 2, 3H

    ●      Ceramics/Pottery 1, 2, 3, 4H

    ●      Creative Photography 1, 2, 3H

    ●      Digital Art Imaging 1, 2, 3H

    ●      Drawing 1, 2, 3 Honors (H)

    ●      Painting 1, 2, 3H

    ●      Sculpture 1, 2, 3H

    ●      Figure Drawing

    ●      Film 1, 2, 3H

    ●      Fine Art Craft Studio

    ●      Printmaking 1, 2

    ●      AP Studio Art 1, 2, 3

    ●      IB Visual Art 1, 2, 3

    ●      Portfolio Development: 2D, 2D Design, 3D

    ●      Visual Technology 1, 2, 3H

     

    Music

    ●      Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Honors (H), 6H

    ●      Chorus 1, 2, 3, 4, 5H, 6H

    ●      Eurythmics 1, 2, 3, 4

    ●      Guitar 1, 2, 3, 4H

    ●      Instrumental Ensemble 1, 2, 3, 4H

    ●      Instrumental Techniques 1, 2, 3, 4H

    ●      Jazz Ensemble 1, 2, 3, 4H

    ●      Keyboard 1, 2, 3, 4H

    ●      Marching Band 1

    ●      Music Ensemble 1, 2, 3, 4H

    ●      Music Technology & Sound Engineering 1, 2

    ●      Orchestra 1, 2, 3, 4, 5H, 6H

    ●      Vocal Ensemble 1, 2, 3, 4H

    ●      Vocal Techniques 1, 2, 3

    ●      IB Music

    Dance

    ●      Ballet 1, 2, 3, 4 Honors (H)

    ●      Dance Repertory 1, 2, 3H, 4H

    ●      Dance Techniques 1, 2, 3H, 4H

    ●      Dance Choreography 1, 2H

    ●      IB Dance

     

    Theatre

    ●      Acting 1, 2, 3, 4 Honors (H)

    ●      Musical Theatre 1, 2, 3

    ●      Technical Theatre: Costume, Hair, & Makeup

    ●      Technical Theatre Design & Production 1, 2, 3, 4H

    ●      Technical Theatre: Scenery & Props

    ●      Theatre 1, 2, 3H, 4H

    ●      Theatre Improvisation

    ●      Voice & Diction

    ●      IB Theatre

     

    Visual Art or Performance Portfolio Submission

     

    Visual Art or Performance Portfolio

    A portfolio encompasses a project-based learning opportunity for a student to showcase the culmination of their knowledge and communicate with an intended audience through their medium while fostering real-world skills and experience. The portfolio process should encourage learners to apply their knowledge and mastery of their fine arts area in a way that interests them and furthers their individual goals. Through the Visual Art or Performance Portfolio, students should demonstrate their artistic literacy through their ability to Create, Perform/Present/Produce, Connect, and Respond to their world as an artist.

     

    Project Requirements

    We require all submissions to have an observable outcome which must include one of the following: a collection of 4 original artworks, a recorded performance, an original script or design as specified within the arts areas below, or a project of student design.

    Works submitted for consideration should be created during the student’s tenure as a high school student.

    Visual Arts

    • Submit a collection of 4 works of original artworks with some sort of unifying theme or media use (submit works digitally via images with spreadsheet [linked at the end of this document] including work title, media, dimensions, year of work creation).

    Music

    • Writing or composing an original song (submit sheet music)
    • Performing an original song (submit sheet music & video)
    • Creating an original underscore for a film or performance inspired by themes of the work

    Theatre

    • Writing and performing an original one-act (submit script & video)
    • Designing costumes, lighting, or set for a school or community production (submit design)
    • Devising an original show with an ensemble (submit script and recording of performance)

    Dance

    • Choreographing a number for a musical or stage production (submit recording of performance)
    • Creating a methodology for annotating movement
    • Creating an original dance film (submit recording of film)

     

    Submission Process for Seal of Fine Arts Materials

    Application and supporting materials will be submitted via the application survey. When the application window opens for the 2022-2023 academic year, the application link will be posted below. Prior to completing the application, you will need to ensure you have completed the artist statement, you have a digital copy of your letter of recommendation, and any portfolio submission materials ready to upload.

     

    Use the rubric below to learn more about how portfolio submissions will be adjudicated (portfolio submission rubric), and the link below to access the Visual Art Portfolio Submission Spreadsheet required for any visual art portfolio submissions. When the application window opens in the fall of 2022, the application will be linked below.

     

    Visual Art Works Submission Spreadsheet

    Seal of Fine Arts Application (application window is currently closed)

     

    Portfolio Submission Rubric:

    Total Points Possible: 12pts | Passing Score: 9pts

     

    Exceeds Requirements

    Meets Requirements

    1

    Developing Requirements

    Technical Skill

    ●      Project demonstrates in-depth research and content development within the particular art discipline.

    ●      Project demonstrates real world/personal application.

    Submission demonstrates artistic literacy through their ability to create, perform/present/produce, connect and respond as an artist.

    Submission demonstrates adequate artistic literacy through their ability to create, perform/present/produce, connect and respond as an artist.

    Submission demonstrates minimal artistic literacy through their ability to create, perform/ present/ produce, connect and respond as an artist.

    Personal Vision or Voice

    ●      Portfolio Submission demonstrates artistic vision or voice.

    ●      Portfolio Submission communicates a clear message to the intended audience.

    ●  Submission demonstrates a clear artistic vision or voice

    ●  Submission demonstrates consideration of medium choice in relation to message

    ●  Submission demonstrates an emerging vision or voice

    ●  Submission demonstrates some consideration of medium choice in relation to message

    Submission lacks a discernable artistic vision or voice from the student

     

    Originality

    ●      Portfolio Submission is original.

    ●      If inspired by existing body of work, the Portfolio Submission adds to/responds to the original work in some new way.

    ●  Submission demonstrates new work, original to the student

    ●  Submission contains some connection to an existing body of work but responds or expands in a thought-provoking way

    Submission demonstrates connections to existing performance or visual art examples but expands on existing body of work in some way.

    Submission demonstrates copyright or plagiarism issues with little to no new content or expansion on the existing body of work.

    Presentation / Performance

    ●      Project demonstrates in-depth research and content development within the particular art discipline.

    ●      Portfolio Submission is complete and includes all required materials.

    ●      Visual Art Portfolio includes 4 works with a unifying theme.

     

     

    Submission demonstrates profound artistic literacy through student’s ability to create, perform/ present/ produce, connect and respond as an artist.

    For Visual Art Portfolio:

    ·   4 works submitted

    ·   Works encompass a clear unifying theme

     

    Submission demonstrates adequate artistic literacy through student’s ability to create, perform/ present/ produce, connect and respond as an artist.

    For Visual Art Portfolio:

    ·   4 works submitted

    ·   Unifying theme of portfolio works is unclear beyond media use

    Submission demonstrates minimal artistic literacy through student’s ability to create, perform/ present/ produce, connect and respond as an artist

    For Visual Art Portfolio:

    ·   fewer than 4 works were submitted

    ·   portfolio lacks unifying theme