Visual Arts


Focus: Visual arts courses focus on art appreciation and studio activities. Students analyze and interpret works of fine art, works in applied design, and works in crafts. Through practical activities, they design and create art works and products, and experiment with a variety of media and processes.


Course Code: AWD3M1-2D/3D Design

Units: Graphic Design, Lighting Design, Studies in Contemporary Design, Architecture and Interior Design, History of Architecture



Course Code: AWD4M1-2D/3D Design

Units: Graphic Design, Textile Design, Furniture Design, Design History, Theatre Design (Stage and Costume), Theatre History



Course Code: AWN3M1-Painting

Units: Colour Theory and Composition, 15th – 19th century Art History Research, Art Historical Painting, Portrait Painting, Abstract painting



Course Code: AWN4M1-Painting

Units: Colour Theory and Composition, 19th – 20th century Art History Research, Art Historical Painting, Figure Painting, Abstract painting



Course Code: AVI 4M1-Visual Arts

Units: Figure Drawing, Experimental Multi Media Drawing, Critical Issues in Contemporary Art, Painting, 19th and 20th Century Art History, Print Making, Sculpture



Course Code: ASM201-Media Arts

Units: Intro to New Media, Egos and Icons, Still Image, Narrative, Moving Image, Interactive Environment



Course Code: ASM301-Media Arts

Units: Review/Update New Media, Issues in Media Arts, Careers in Media Arts, Moving Image, Interactive Environment



Photography: AWQ3M1, AWQ4M1




For a PDF handout of our Music Program, please click here

AM*3M & AM*4M = University level courses


Instrumental Band: AMI1O1, AMI2O1, AMI3M1, AMI4M1

Instrumental Band Handout

Instrumental classes here at York Mills C.I. are deeply involved in our community. We strive for excellence and are committed to learning from eachother and giving back where we can. Our award-winning Symphonic Band has been a part of the City of North York's Remembrance Day Service for over 25 years and we collaborate with St. Andrew's M.S and Windfields M.S. for the Richmond Hill Santa Claus Parade as well as the SantaFest Maple Parade. 

The Symphonic Band and the Junior Band (Gr 9's) compete in Kiwanis, the Ontario Band Association Concert Band Festival, as well as MusicFest Nationals every year where we routinely win Gold and Silver.

Any questions regarding our program, please email


Repertoire: AMR3M1, AMR4M1

Repertoire runs outside the timetable which can be a 9th course for our band members. This course is solely devoted to playing and works in conjunction with AMI3M1, and AMI4M1. Students must have AMI1O1 and AMI2O1 as well as take AMI3M1 and AMI4M1 as co-requisites. Students are offered many enrichment opportunities while continuing their advanced studies in their instrument. 


Strings: AMS1O1, AMS2O1, AMI3M1, AMI4M1

Strings Handout

The strings course at York Mills C.I. is of the highest caliber. Our strings students are all very committed members of our Chamber Orchestra and balance their academics and athletics. In our strings program, students learn to play advanced string orchestral repertoire from notable composers, learn how to work in an ensemble, improve their playing skills, and experience a diversity of musical understanding. Students are provided enrichment opportunities like conducting and learning about performance practices through various eras of music history. 


Guitar: AMG1O1, AMG2O1, AMG3M1, AMG4M1

Classical Guitar Handout

This course is ideal for independent learners from beginners to advanced. Classical Guitar focuses on playing and is a great opportunity for those who have always wanted to learn the guitar or those with previous experience. There are many different opportunities available to those who take this class like learning a variety of styles and genres, playing in ensembles, and learning to harmonize and arrange pieces for the guitar. 


Keyboard: AMK1O1, AMK2O1, AMK3M1, AMK4M1

*Grade 9 French immersion Keyboard is available to French immersion students*

This course is designed for students of all levels, including those with advanced piano skills (including RCM Grade 10 and ARCT). It is an independently-run course where students, beginners or advanced, can use their class time to achieve a high level in piano.  There are many enrichment opportunities availabel such as duets, concertos with chamber strings, accompaniment playing, and composing. 



This course requires students to actively explore dramatic forms and techniques, using their own ideas and concerns as well as sources selected from a wide range of authors, genres, and cultures. Students learning will include identifying and using the principles of space, time, voice, and movement in creating, sustaining, and communicating authentic roles within a drama. Students will assume responsibility for decisions made in the creation and presentation of the drama, and will analyze and reflect on the experience.

Course Code: ADA101-Open Drama


Course Code: ADA201-Open Drama

Units: Picture Monologue, Dramatic Forms, Tableau, Uncovering Meaning in Text, Collective Creation - Anthology


Course Code: ADA3M1-Grade 11 Mixed Drama

Units: Intro Monologue, Acting styles and conventions, Western plays of the 19th Century, Elizabethan theatre, Culminating - Character Development


Course Code: ADA4M1-Grade 12 Mixed Drama