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Design, Visual & Media Arts

Students in the AOAE are required to complete a three-course pathway, earning a grade of C or better in each course. Additional arts courses may be taken for elective credit.

Commercial Photography:

The Commercial Photography pathway is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in digital imaging with an emphasis on commercial photography, graphic arts and visual publication.

Year 1: 2D Visual Art & Design (2 trimesters)
Year 2: Commercial Photography CTE (2 trimesters)
Year 3: Advanced Commercial Photography CTE (Honors) (2 trimesters)

Pathway Coursework:

This introductory course provides a foundation to the visual arts, emphasizing the basic elements of art and developing students’ skills in procedures, techniques, vocabulary, and compositional devices related to visual art and design. Students create works in various mediums to enhance creative abilities and explore historical and multicultural motifs and themes. Through use of critiques, both by teacher and peers, students develop the ability to aesthetically value and appreciate works of art, as well as understand the relationship between art, culture, humanity, and history.

This concentrator course introduces students to the technical and artistic elements of commercial photography and design. The first semester introduces students to the  technical skills for using professional digital cameras and editing tools such as Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, as well as developing compositional awareness. Students explore a variety of photographic subjects, composing in available light as well as work with studio lighting equipment. They also learn to follow a digital workflow for editing their photographs in Adobe Lightroom. Through use of critiques, both by teacher and peers, students display the ability to aesthetically value and appreciate photographic images, as well as understand their place as both commercial and aesthetic products in the visual world.

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Pathway Coursework:

This capstone course builds upon foundational experiences in ROP Commercial Photography as students create, research, analyze, evaluate, and respond to the artistic, the design, and the visual language elements of Photography. Students will apply their learning through the creation of photographic works that address various subsets within Commercial Photography. Through this, students will develop their own personal voice in their photographic work. Throughout the course students will be detailing their creative journey and process and research through keeping a Visual Journal (physical or virtual). Throughout the year students will work toward the culminating projects to demonstrate their learning and growth in ability. These culminating projects include students creating a portfolio, a website, and a resume.

Video & Film:

The Video and Film pathway is designed for students interested in pursuing a career in filmmaking and video production. In Year 1, students are introduced to scriptwriting, camera operation, editing, and video production techniques. In Year 2, students are given advanced techniques for planning and producing videos, including live video broadcasting. In Year 3, students apply their technical and artistic knowledge in the production of a portfolio and project-based learning.

Course Sequence:
Year 1:  Video & Film (2 trimesters)
Year 2: ROP Digital Video Production (Honors )/Monarch Mornings (3 trimesters)

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Pathway Coursework:

This introductory course provides a foundation to the visual arts, emphasizing the basic elements of art and developing students’ skills in procedures, techniques, vocabulary, and compositional devices related to visual art and design. Students create works in various mediums to enhance creative abilities and explore historical and multicultural motifs and themes. Through use of critiques, both by teacher and peers, students develop the ability to aesthetically value and appreciate works of art, as well as understand the relationship between art, culture, humanity, and history.

This concentrator course provides an introduction to video equipment use for production. It also includes basics of camera/recorder use, script writing, proper sound and lighting techniques, editing techniques and decisions, and production techniques. Also included will be discussion of the history and the current state of the use of video technology and the theory and practical application of production techniques. The class emphasizes instruction and review; oral, video, and written communications; critical thinking; the sciences of light and sound; and computational and record-keeping skills. Career opportunities and requirements are emphasized.

This capstone course offers insight into both the filmmaking and news production sectors of the entertainment industry. This course provides advanced instruction in the use of video equipment for production. It includes methodology of camcorder/camera use, scriptwriting, audio, lighting, editing, and production techniques. The course stresses practical applications in the production of video projects using studio production, field production, and electronic news gathering techniques. Students are encouraged to concentrate on one or more specific areas of interest: (1) news production, (2) feature production, (3) sports production, (4) instructional television production, (5) industrial training production, (6) entertainment production, or (7) commercial production, for concentrated instruction and practice. Students analyze video and film clips in order to apply technical and artistic devices to their own body of work.