Performing & Visual Arts is a vital part of Canadian International School of Hong Kong, highlighted by the large number of students who choose to participate in extracurricular drama productions, bands, choirs, ensembles, plays and related workshops, and by students who choose music and drama as an option in high school. CDNIS is renowned for developing talented performers and has an abundance of opportunities for students who dream of being on stage.
As you walk the halls of CDNIS, it is apparent that there is a dynamic group of student artists creating amazing work. The Visual Arts are thriving with multiple classes at every grade level. As a result, our students gain acceptrances to top Visual Arts universities around the world. Critical thinking and problem solving skills are developed as students research, investigate, experiment, explore ideas, and evaluate the innovative work created by themselves and their peers.
Enter a studio and you will witness the creative process as students develop skill sets with a variety of traditional media techniques as well as emerging media. As students investigate a wide range of genres, themes and more mature sophisticated concepts, they explore a myriad of ways to communicate their artistic intentions. Students make connections as they research historical, contemporary and cultural contexts, looking for the communalities that connect us all and to develop their own personal visual expression and individuality.
Each year, graduating students are accepted and offered scholarships to top art schools around the globe
. Graduates have attended School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons School of Design, Savannah College of Art and Design, CalARTS, Ringling College of Art and Design, Cooper Union, London School of Architecture, University of Arts London, Central Saint Martins, Emily Carr College of Art, Ontario College of Art and Design, and Sydney School of Architecture, to name a few. Alumni are working in the fields of architecture, curatorial roles, interior design, graphic design, photography, fine arts, education, animation, illustration, fashion design and game design.
To support our students' development, a talented teaching staff of experienced musicians and theatre performers, as well as operations staff is at the school full time. In addition, instructors from outside of the school are brought in when needed.
The Leo Lee Arts Centre further enhances our ability to develop our students and also provides a world-class venue to showcase our talented performers.
To see our students in action, visit the CDNIS YouTube channel.