Our arts program develops boys’ capacity to work effectively with others, developing invaluable traits like collaboration, compassion and teamwork.
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Developing “soft skills” for life
Of course there’s the immediate satisfaction of executing a beautiful artwork or earning an audience’s applause. But UCC’s top-notch arts facilities and faculties contribute to student development with the long game in mind.
Business leaders call them “soft skills” and this highly coveted combination of people skills, social skills and communication skills are honed by the arts. As boys engage in activities requiring self-expression or “soul expression” as we like to say, they acquire invaluable, transferrable skills, whatever professional path they choose.
Boys acquire confidence and creative-problem solving skills through their involvement in our first-rate visual arts, music, dramatic arts and film programs. Plus, our co-curricular programs include 14 music ensembles and six co-ed theatre productions across the school. As well, our student arts council is helmed by two arts captains who plan several arts assemblies annually, often with art-related speakers.
Supportive arts community
Our parents and community members are integral players in our students’ creative development. From seasonal concerts and music nights to ambitious theatre performances, our community comes out to help hone our students’ performance skills with their encouragement and support.
Our Arts Booster Club, comprised of dedicated, creative parent volunteers, play a key role in promoting arts-related events and achievements across campus. Each April they host the annual Nuit Bleue, transforming the Upper School into a showcase of student talent including visual art, theatre, film, creative writing and design.
Successful arts-related careers
Inspired by our passionate and dedicated arts faculty, our graduates have gone on to successful careers in the arts and beyond. Preparation for innovative careers starts with exposure to a range of arts-related programming.
UCC has a long history of graduates who go on to top schools and who’ve won Academy Awards and Geminis, with many Old Boys working as highly regarded professionals in their field, from architecture to fine art, theatre and lighting design and much more.