Aesthetics Department

Our Philosophy

To engage students in diverse processes of artistic creation, expanding their aesthetic experiences, and enriching their lives as future leaders, scholars and gentlemen.


Our Approach

Engaging our students in diverse processes of artistic creation both individually and in groups, the Aesthetics programme of Catholic High School aims to groom them as our future leaders to serve society as gracious and refined gentlemen in their various fields of pursuit.

Comprising Art, Design & Technology, Food and Consumer Education and Music, the Aesthetic programme develops critical and creative thinking skills through expressions in art and music, design awareness and appreciation, and in making informed food and consumer choices. Focusing on experiential learning, the Aesthetics programme enhances the students’ 21st century competencies of self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, social awareness and relationship management. The sense of the aesthetics developed in the learning process will also prepare our students to lead a balanced life and quality lifestyle, preparing our future leaders to serve society as gracious and refined men in their various future fields of pursuit.

Aesthetics Modules Year 1 Year 2
Art, Design and Technology *
Learning about
Learning about
  • – Elements and Principles of Art and Design
  • – Photography
  • – Videography
    • e.g. time lapse
  • – Computer-aided Design
    • e.g. Sketchpro
  • – Study of Visual Art
  • – Stop Motion Animation
  • – Sculpting with Clay
  • – 3D Design and Printing
General Music
Learning about
Learning about
  • – Elements of Music
  • – Drumming / Keyboard
  • – Digital Music Composition
    • e.g. Soundscape and arrangement using Garageband
  • – Instrument: Guitar
  • – Song Writing
  • – Genre Appreciation
Food and Consumer Education
Learning about
  • – Understanding Food and Nutrition
  • – Developing Cookery Skills

Signature Programmes

MEP@CHS offers a comprehensive music programme for students with the aptitude and passion for music. Building upon the components of Music Studies, Performing and Composing, MEP students study music of different cultures, including selected genres from Western Music and World Music. Students also develop critical thinking skills through the analysis of music and gain informed perspectives as they seek to understand the different musical contexts through various historical and cultural periods.

Students are encouraged to apply their understanding in Music Studies with their instrumental learning. There are opportunities for MEP students to perform individually and as a group. One of the highlights of MEP is the opportunity to make music with like-minded peers as students form pairs of duets and ensembles to perform with other musically-talented students in the MEP.  MEP students also learn to express their ideas through music – by composing their own songs or music.  Through the experience of writing their own music, MEP students gain a much deeper understanding of the composing process and such experiences have encouraged many MEP students to embark on a composing career.

Beyond classroom activities, other learning activities such as concert attendance, public performance and workshops are also regularly organised. In addition, there are MEP activities specially organised by MOE such as the MEP Camp and the MEP Concert, at which MEP students from the various schools get together to participate in musically-enriching activities. In offering such a comprehensive programme,the MEP aims to nurture graduands who would be Scholars and Practitioners in the Arts and Advocates and Leaders for the Arts.

One of the signature programmes in our Aesthetics programme is Rapid Prototyping with 3D printer under Design and Technology class. In this programme, students use a 3D design software and work with rapid prototyping and fabricating tools, i.e. the 3-D printing machine, to experiment and realize their designs. Students will be able to improve their abstract designs by looking at the prototypes and refine their designs towards a final product. This process of integrating technology with rapid prototyping skills aim to nurture our students towards a community of makers.