The arts are integral to a Dwight education. There are a variety of
opportunities for students to express themselves in theatre, music, film
and visual arts. Individualized learning is at the core of the arts at Dwight;
we aim to foster self-confidence, a critical awareness and a deep
understanding for the place of the arts in today’s contemporary society.
As part of a global community, students at Dwight learn through direct practical experiences the importance of the arts as a means of communication across a range of times and cultures.
Students gain a critical awareness of world music, international trends in the creative arts and a broad appreciation for film and theatre from a global perspective.
As an IB World School, through experience, or simply “learning by doing”, the Arts are practiced in the curriculum throughout the Primary Years, Middle Years and the Diploma programmes.
Students reflect on their own artistic progress through journals, written tasks and presentations designed to place the arts in a wider critical context throughout the program.
Students become not only practitioners, but also develop a discerning eye, a perceptive ear and an appreciation of the arts as a cornerstone of human achievement.
Our students are involved on a global level, participating
in the 20X20 Dwight touring exhibition, the Carnegie Hall performance tour, the Dwight Shanghai Music Festival and, in 2019, the Dwight London Choir Festival.
We also travel to the Busan International Film Festival and host a range of events in Seoul.
Our Arts teachers and students also directly benefit from membership
and support from the International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA),
Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS) the Arts Society
of International Students (ASIS) and the Korean International Music
Educators Association (KIMEA).
Music is truly the international language and plays a vital role in education.
The Dwight School Seoul PYP music programme immerses students in a stimulating and challenging environment, allowing them to communicate in a unique way. Responding and creating allow for rich experiences, including singing, playing, movement, listening, history, culture and performance. Learning about and through music, students develop creativity, critical thinking skills, a sense of self and an appreciation of the aesthetic. The PYP music programme is student-centered, providing learners at different stages of development with the experiences that will further their musical knowledge, concepts and skills.
The MYP music program is designed to develop skills in listening, performance, and composition through the exploration of music from diverse cultures and genres. The curriculum covers a wide variety of topics and projects in music, challenging students to become active and critical listeners.
In addition to learning about music in its various forms around the world, students will develop their understanding of theory and harmony through the practice of singing, keyboard, guitar, and various percussion instruments. The creative process is encouraged though composition of new music in a variety of styles, as well as interpretation of existing works. The curriculum incorporates use of music technology such as notation and recording software to record students’ creative process. Orchestras and bands are offered as activities for students who play an orchestral instrument and are interested in developing group performance skills.
The PYP Visual Art programme at Dwight School Seoul engages students in the creative processes through which they explore and experiment in a continual cycle of creating and responding. Using a variety of materials and techniques, students explore, create and reflect on the artistic choices they make as they convey meaning, share cultures, develop their sense of self and expand their knowledge. Visual arts is a medium for students to inquire into, and express their understanding of, the central ideas and lines of inquiry explored in the PYP trans disciplinary programme of inquiry. The art programme is student-centered, providing learners at different stages of development with the experiences that will further their artistic knowledge, concepts and skills.
Visual Art in Upper School is organized around the creative cycle: researching, creating and evaluating art. Students gain confidence and ability through being exposed to a range of artistic styles and artistic medium. They are encouraged to explore their individual creative abilities and master techniques appropriate to their chosen area of expression.
Students are exposed to artistic and aesthetic expressions of other cultures and are offered opportunities to explore the galleries, museums and international art world. Each of the Visual Art courses in MYP and DP aims to help the student become a developing artist with a critical eye, an inquiring mind and an individual approach.
In addition to Dwight providing an Open Studio throughout the year, there are additional opportunities for students to work as Visual Artists. Students work to design, make and paint the set for school shows as well as creating work for gallery events that are held bi-annually. The 2015-16 school year will culminate in a whole school event that will unite both Lower and Upper School students in each of the artistic disciplines.
In Dwight’s extra-curricular photography activity, students learn how to operate a digital SLR by adjusting aperture, shutter speed and ISO. They learn rules of composition, light, color, and framing, and then they break those rules when necessary. Projects include a self-portrait, a photo essay, sports photography, nature, and urban subjects. In reviewing their work, students constantly ask themselves, “What makes a photograph great?”
At Dwight, we offer Drama as part of the Middle Years Programme and Theatre in the Diploma Programme.
The curriculum is designed to enable students to learn about and experiment with a wide range of techniques, philosophies, genres and theatre practices from different cultures. Throughout the curriculum students are encouraged to develop their skills through research tasks, devised performances, script work, creative writing, independent, and ensemble work and workshops. In addition, students learn to apply these theatre techniques; exploring issues, feelings, points of view and global concerns.
Both the MYP Drama course and the Diploma Theatre course emphasize the importance of students working as artists to create their own original work. Consequently, there is equal emphasis on the importance of a quality creative process and on the importance of the final product. Students are encouraged to experiment with new ideas, justify their choices and work collaboratively to apply their knowledge.
Students have many opportunities to present their work to parents and the community in the throughout the year in many of our purpose-built space, whether it be our large theatre, intimate black box studio or roof-top amphitheatre.
Dwight School Seoul is a leader in creating innovative, engaging and memorable whole-school musical productions. Since 2012, Dwight School Seoul has given opportunity to hundreds of students, from the youngest in our Early Childhood Department, to those completing their final Diploma exams. All students have the chance to participate and excel in our all-inclusive school productions.
Over the years, students participated in a range of musical productions, including The Wedding Singer, Wizard of Oz, Seussical, Peter Pan and Into the Woods. Students are able to demonstrate their dramatic, musical and technical prowess with the close and personal guidance and support of faculty, who are highly specialized in their chosen craft.
Our eager students have an opportunity to tread the boards as actors, singers or musicians, or work in an equally important supporting role as stagecraft designers, builders and thinkers. The results have been acclaimed from audiences, local media organizations and other international schools in Seoul and abroad.
While Dwight School Seoul has very healthy student numbers enrolled in the performing arts across the IB learning continuum, student engagement is just as recognizable outside of the formal classroom environment.
Our Primary Years, Middle Years and Diploma Programmes have achieved success in this realm. Each year, Dwight School Seoul supports over one hundred students as they work in harmony across the width and breadth of the school to create magic and memories for the community and beyond.
Shared stories, music and art have connected humanity for millennia and Dwight School Seoul continues this tradition annually, not only within our state-of-the-art Auditorium, but etched in our memories, long after the final curtain has drawn. With fantastical lighting, sound and technical design, audiences are consistently amazed at what our young people create, year after year.
Coming in April 2021, Dwight School Seoul is presenting "Gulliver's Travels" in a rehearsed reading adaptation of Johnathon Swift's classic adventure story.
Film courses at Dwight are offered as an option from Grade 8. MYP Media offers opportunities to combine performance and technology in a collaborative way. The course is comprised of both the creative and academic aspects of film, exploring how film and visual language can be used to express ideas. Students will work collaboratively and individually to develop their skills as filmmakers and creative artists including skills in scripting, cinematography and editing.
In addition to the MYP Media course, students also have opportunities to enjoy creating film as part of the extra-curricular programme. There are opportunities for working in the medium throughout the year, including the high caliber annual 24-hour film festival.
Technology at Dwight School Seoul is a means of aiding instruction and also a tool to enhance the entire learning process.
Teachers transform the hardware and software of technology into interactive tools that take teaching and learning to the next level. Once students begin to understand the implications of digital literacy and the potential of technology for research and communication, learning becomes something much more than an hour in a classroom.
We teach life-long skills such as word processing, spreadsheets and presentations as well as provide students with opportunities to experience technology in more in-depth applications. These opportunities include graphic design and publishing, creating blogs and websites, media broadcasting in Dwight’s AV broadcasting studio, digital photography, film-making, virtual collaboration with Google apps, real-time video conferencing, 3D computer animation with a Motion Capture Suit, library management using Destiny Quest LMS, composition of digital music, and more.
Upper School students are required to supply their own portable personal computer. Laptops enable students to remain current with education standards, become more efficient in their daily academic pursuits, and be more competitive with students around the world.
Lower School students are given many opportunities throughout the day to use iPads and the Mac computer labs. Each Lower School classroom is equipped with iPads, which are integrated into the curriculum. Lower School students also attend IT classes in the Mac labs up to three times a week.