Be a part of an award-winning Fine Arts Department and express yourself through your artistic talent! There are many opportunities to get involved. Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School offers courses during school, as well as numerous after-school activities. We urge you to use your God-given talents and become a member of one of our incredible programs.



Arguably the Best!
The objective of the Speech & Debate program is to increase students’ understanding of argument, critical thinking, and public speaking through a myriad of current event-related debate, speech, and interpretive activities. Students compete at district, state, and national level competitions and become members 
of the national honor society, The National Forensic League.



In the Spotlight!
The award winning Drama program offers many opportunities for students interested in acting, singing, dancing, directing, stage managing, and technical work. Annually, the drama program produces two mainstage plays, a one act, and the community service play. In addition, we are a member of the International Thespian Society which competes on a state and district level with a one act, monologues, duet scenes, solos, group ensembles, technical theater, playwriting, pantomime, and much more. We are also a member of the Cappies program where students critique local high school theater and have the opportunity to be published in local papers. Actors also have the opportunity to be nominated by the Cappie Critics and participate in the annual awards gala at the Broward Center of the Performing Arts. Some of our previous productions include Zombie Prom, Bus Stop, Grease, The Crucible, Little Shop of Horrors, and Twelve Angry Men. The Drama program offers student opportunities year round!



Picture Yourself An Artist!
The Visual Arts program offers students the opportunity to work in various media, including pencil, pastels, charcoal, clay, paint, and more. A student interested in the visual arts can join the school’s Art Club or apply to become a member of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS). These two groups are active in completing two- 
and three-dimensional artwork for themselves, the school, and the community.



And the Beat Goes On!
The Instrumental Music program consists of a Concert Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, and Color Guard. These groups meet on a weekly basis to rehearse their musical repertoire in preparation for numerous school and community performances. Each of these instrumental groups perform at different venues throughout the school year, including our school’s home football games, Open House, and Christmas and Spring Concerts.
The Band Program is affiliated with the Florida Bandmasters Association (FBA). Students are given the opportunity to participate in state music competitions and adjudicated performances to enhance their individual skills as performers.



We Like to Move It, Move It!
The Dance program enables students to develop knowledge and skills in varied dance styles through acquisition of technique, choreographic skill, aesthetic awareness, and performance quality within a cultural and historic content. Students develop dance skills such as coordination, motor memory, and fine and gross motor skills. Students master movement principles and techniques to enable them to move expressively, efficiently, and safely.



On the Air!
The Film program is designed to train students in the basic elements of television production, camera operation, staging, lighting, and audio. Students receive hands-on experience with video production procedures, emphasizing story boarding, script writing, basic acting skills, and video production. This class will produce on-location events, and various activities throughout the year.



Let the games begin!
The Computer Graphics program combines technology with creativity, and enables students to develop basic skills in using computer graphic applications along with the elements of art and principles of design to create Graphic Art. In Computer Graphics students learn how to use Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator to edit photography, create original artwork and create original illustrations for print or web use. In Visual Technology students learn about interactive design, animation, and motion graphics using Adobe Flash and iMovie. These classes take place in our state-of-the-art Mac Lab. A student interested in computer graphics can also join the school’s Graphic Arts Club or AMP Magazine!