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This program is designed for students interested in pursuing careers related to video production, music production, video editing, communications, journalism, broadcasting, theater arts, film, scriptwriting, acting, graphic design and a variety of other careers. It gives students practical, hands-on opportunities to learn about the equipment and processes related to the careers above as well as involvement in a variety of projects that benefit the Mohonasen School Community.

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Intro to Media Arts and Live Production I

Students will engage in a creative workshop where they will be guided through the creative process from inception to completion in varied aspects of media arts. Each student will be asked to explore the creative process and utilize their creativity to create short movies, documentaries, news clips, music videos and varied other genres. They will review and critique different forms of modern media, including, but not limited to, newspapers, magazines, websites, blogs, social media, television, advertising and marketing, radio and public relations. Students will also be exposed to the technical elements relating to media writing, digital photography, digital video, digital music and the editing and production process. Students will learn the art of storytelling from the story idea, through interviewing, researching and the creation of digital media projects. They will practice basic interviewing skills and explore ethical concerns of journalists in our society. Students will also explore issues relating to privacy, consumerism, artistic/creative expression and media ownership through their own creative works.
Credit: 0.5
Grades: 10,11,12
Prerequisite: Application
Student may take course a second time for credit with instructor approval.

Intro to Media Arts and Live Production II

Students will go inside today’s world of journalism, learning the ins and outs of media writing for print, the web and TV. Students will expand on the skills they learned in Intro to Communications & Media Arts with respect to storytelling from story idea, through interviewing, research and writing. Students will write and produce news stories in various forms: print (newspaper/magazine/Internet), and television. Students will also be introduced and explore how social media and blogging have influenced modern journalism and the business of journalism. Students will learn the skills, theories and ethics surrounding photo and video journalism. Students will be exposed to the elements of producing an event, including in front of camera, behind the camera, coordinating and broadcasting.
Credit: 0.5
Grades: 10, 11,12
Prerequisite: Application, Intro to Media Arts and Live Production I
Student may take course a second time for credit with instructor approval.

Music Production I & II

This course is focused on the creation and production of music for both live events and studio productions. This includes music for albums/CDs/MP3s, TV shows/commercials, radio shows/commercials, concerts, plays and other events. Students in Music Production II will have the opportunity to take part in more advanced music projects and production work, much of it self-directed. Students in Music Production II will either complete a senior project OR complete an internship in a media arts field. Senior projects may be completed on an individual basis or with a group of media arts students.
Credit: 1.0
Grades: 11,12
Prerequisite: Application, Music Appreciation

Graphic Arts

In this course, students will be introduced to the elements and principles of basic graphic design. Students will learn about the design world we live in from creation to production and the steps between. Students will create a variety of projects including logos, posters, mailers, ads and brochures. Through the study of typography, design problem-solving, and design concepts, students will discover how to creatively and competently design using technology used in the field today. Students will work with Adobe In-Design, Illustrator, and Photoshop on desktop computers to create basic design projects as well as many professional work samples. A thumb drive is required.
Credit: 1.0
Grades: 11,12
Prerequisite: Studio Art

Independent Study – Media Arts

Senior students who have continued to show an interest in the field and a high level of motivation and responsibility are eligible for a senior independent study in any Media Arts production course. Students taking part in these classes either complete projects on an individual basis or with a group of other media arts students. Students are required to apply for and propose their project/internship plan. These projects/internships are overseen by the appropriate Media Arts instructors
Credit: 1.0
Grades: 12
Prerequisite: Instructor Recommendation

Media Arts – CEIP

Senior students who have continued to show an interest in the field and a high level of motivation and responsibility are eligible for a senior internship in any Media Arts production course. Students taking part in these classes either complete a 54 or 108 hour internship in the field of Media Arts. In addition students must complete 27 to 54 hours of classroom instruction related to the internship. Students are required to apply and interview for a CEIP program internship.
Credit: 0.5-1.0
Grades: 12