Music Production in the 21st Century

This course is designed to introduce students to the productions and engineering of audio recording. After being introduced to these practices, students will be able to discern their interests in pursuing a career in music production or engineering. Students will have the opportunity to learn relevant software and recording fundamentals such as microphone placement, signal flow, and basic track setup. This course will address the issues of project management by encouraging students to work on a single project from multiple locations. Elements of music learned include traditional performance and theory will be reinforced in the writing process.

Digital Arts and Media Studies

In Digital Arts and Media Studies, students can take courses that range from film appreciation or music production to general communication studies and the use of Illustrator or Photoshop. Take a look at the varied courses offered here!

Communication Studies

This course is an in depth look at communications arts and technology focusing on the various forms of media (print, radio, television, FILM, new media) studying their past and deciphering their effects on the future of society. This course is writing intensive and features many group projects utilizing web design, film making, podcasting, and public speaking skills.

Digital Film Production

This course provides an introduction to story telling, scriptwriting, film making, and participation in CCTV. Students will work with HD camcorders and DSLRs and learn how to edit on Movie Maker, iMovie, and Final Cut. Students will also learn sound and lighting techniques and how to produce live and recorded video.

Film Studies

This course provides an introduction to film and will teach students to think historically, theoretically, and analytically about film. Students will learn the critical and technical vocabulary of the industry and study the importance of films after classroom screenings.

Digital Imaging With Photoshop

Adobe Photoshop is the essential tool for digital image manipulation in graphic design, Web Design, and photography. Students will develop digital imaging software skills, as well as applied theoretical and technical skills in solving visual design problems. Projects provide detailed coverage of Photoshop’s vast array of tools, filters, and procedures. A folio of digitally generated and manipulated images is completed.

Basic Digital Photography 

In this introduction to digital photography, students attain competence with a digital camera and Adobe Photoshop to get the most out of creative image making. From capture to print, students learn to optimize, manipulate, and compose photographic imagery. Students must have their own digital camera and storage device that will be brought to every class. 

Computer Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator is a program used to create high resolution illustrations essential for contemporary print, web, video, animation, and multi-media design. Students will learn techniques for developing professional images and working efficiently with various modes, panels, and settings. Projects utilize a full range of selection, organization, drawing and editing tools to create vector artwork. Color and typographic libraries are explored along with basic design disciplines for both.

Yearbook Publication

This course will involve students in the publication of the school yearbook from start to finish. Students will be responsible for creating the theme, organizing each section, creating digital layouts, taking and choosing photographs, and editing peer work. In addition, students will be responsible for advertising and the sale of the yearbook.