The Visual, Performing, and Communication Arts Department strives to provide a myriad of experiences and a comprehensive arts program for students in preschool through Grade 12 to initiate and build skills important in a well-rounded education. Drama, dance, music-both vocal and instrumental-visual arts, literary arts, forensic, and film courses enable students to reach their full potential and encourage them to experiment with and develop creativity.

In music, our performing groups accomplish remarkable feats that place them among the finest programs in the state every year. The department of theatre and dance participate in experiences that are often found at the college level. The visual arts program produces outstanding young artists, some of whom have works exhibited on the national level.

Over the past decade, the students in our arts programs at Detroit Country Day School have flourished in the metro Detroit area and nationally under the guidance of our visionary arts faculty. Our faculty's enthusiasm to share their passion for the arts is truly infectious and inspiring for our students. This enthusiasm led to the creation of a conservatory program for our Upper School students. The goal of the conservatory program is to provide higher level arts curriculum to help those students interested in the arts as a profession to matriculate to reputable art, theatre, and music schools.

Conservatory Designations

Class of 2023

Number of seniors receiving an arts conservatory designation.

Theatrical Performances

Student musicals and plays

Our students perform in a state-of-the-art auditorium and black box theatre.

Arts Faculty

Designated faculty

The current number of full-time faculty members who are part of the Visual, Performing, and Communication Arts Department.

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There are so many careers that draw from skills you learn by being involved in the arts, both directly and indirectly. I look forward to continuing to build upon this for the careers of the future.
~ Jim Davis, Executive Director of Visual, Performing, and Communication Arts

Sample Arts Courses

Communication Arts

Communications Arts


Students can explore and challenge themselves in areas such as filmmaking, forensics, and debate.

Performing Arts

Performing Arts


Multiple levels of courses in music (vocal, instrumental, theory and composition), theatre, and dance are offered.

Visual Arts

Visual Arts


Courses are available in painting, drawing, jewelry, metals, ceramics, photography, and computer graphics.


Conservatory Program

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Friends of the Arts

Friends of the Arts

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Arts Facilities

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Curriculum Guide