Arts-BigArts, A/V Technology & Communications

Creative students who see themselves designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing or publishing multimedia content will want to pursue courses in the Arts, A/V Technology and Communications Career Cluster.

You will apply artistic talent to practical problems and learn visual arts principles that prepare you with skills and techniques to work in any number of creative design and entertainment fields.

This career cluster is organized into six career pathways:

  • Audio and video technology and film
  • Broadcasting and journalism
  • Performing arts
  • Printing technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Visual Arts

 

AV Communications Pathway – CIP Code 09.0702

*Check Prerequisite **Articulated Credit ***FHTC

 

Introductory Level

BUSINESS ESSENTIALS

(Gr 9, 10) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course introduces students to the skills needed to be employable and successful in the workplace. The course also allows students to explore different career areas. Students examine current events to determine their impact on business and industry and legal and ethical behavior, acquire knowledge of safe and secure environmental controls to enhance productivity, and determine how resources should be managed to achieve company goals. As students learn about different types of business ownership, they interpret industry laws and regulations to ensure compliance, identify principles of business management, and analyze business practices to determine ethics and social responsibilities.

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS

(Gr 9-11) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course is designed to teach students how to use the computer as a business, academic and personal tool through the use of the Office Suite and web applications. This course serves as the introductory level course into the AV Communications Pathway.

Technical Level

21ST CENTURY MEDIA*

(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course promotes the development of the skills needed today and in the future in the world of journalism and video production. Topics include exploring the role of media and the communications industry in society, developing the technical skills related to journalistic writing and interviewing, digital storytelling, and understanding the ethical and legal issues related to the field. This class is required in the eCommunications pathway.

COMPUTER GRAPHICS DESIGN

(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

The course provides a basic understanding of the graphic design process using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator, professional graphic design software. Topics include analyzing design elements and principles and learning composition techniques to develop a quality product for personal use, school use, and community use.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, 1/2 credit)

This course teaches the technical skills needed to produce quality images for use in a variety of applications. Topics include use of equipment, software, and techniques to take, edit, and manipulate digital images.

VIDEO STRAND

INTRODUCTION TO VIDEO

(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course provides a basic understanding of producing video for a variety of uses. Topics include analyzing the pre-production, production and post-production processes as well as exploring the equipment and techniques used to develop a quality video production. This course is a prerequisite to Short Films and/or TV Broadcasting. This course is articulated through Butler Community College.

JOURNALISM STRAND

DIGITAL JOURNALISM

(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course teaches the technical skills needed to work with electronic media. Topics include exploring the use of digital media and video today and in the future; continuing development of the skills related to journalistic writing and interviewing; a study of the relationship of work flow to project planning and completion; and the software, equipment and tools used in the industry.

 

Application Level

VIDEO PRODUCTION: SHORT FILMS*

(Gr 10-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

Prerequisites: 21st Century Media & Introduction to Video

This course applies the technical skills learned in Intro to Video. This course is for students who wish to focus on short film productions. Students experience all aspects of the video production industry as they develop, shoot, edit and deliver productions geared toward an assigned target audience. This course is articulated through Butler Community College. Class may be repeated for credit by approval.

VIDEO PRODUCTION: TV BROADCASTING*

(Gr 10-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

Prerequisites: 21st Century Media and Introduction to Video

This course applies the technical skills learned in Introduction to Video. This course is for students who wish to focus on LIVE productions and broadcasts. Students experience all aspects of the video production industry as they develop, shoot and deliver productions geared toward an assigned target audience. This course requires out-of-class time due to the events (football, basketball, etc) that are assigned and broadcast. This course is articulated through Butler Community College. Class may be repeated for credit by approval. 

DIGITAL MEDIA DESIGN & PRODUCTION NEWSPAPER*

(Gr 10-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

Prerequisites: 21st Century Media and Digital Journalism

This course applies the fundamental techniques learned in 21st Century Media and Digital Journalism through the production of a multi-media project (the school newspaper, The Echo) for public presentation. Topics include developing a production schedule; working as a team; utilizing composition principles; and embedding audio, video or other content in digital formats. Students are required to attend work nights.

DIGITAL MEDIA DESIGN & PRODUCTION YEARBOOK*

(Gr 10-12) (Two Trimesters, ½ credit each trimester)

Prerequisites: 21st Century Media and Digital Journalism

This course applies the fundamental techniques learned in 21st Century Media and Digital Journalism through the production of a multi-media project (school yearbook, The Re-Echo) for public presentation. Topics include developing a production schedule; working as a team; utilizing composition principles; and embedding audio, video or other content in digital formats. The class requires work outside of class. Instructor approval required; course may be repeated for credit; and class size is limited.

Related Courses

MARKETING**

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course is designed for those interested in developing skills and competencies needed for careers in marketing, merchandising, and management. Students will cover such topics as advertising, promotions, product development, marketing research, selling, human relations and career explorations. This course is articulated through Butler Community College.

COMPUTER GRAPHICS AND ILLUSTRATION*

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, 1⁄2 credit)

This course allows students to create images using Photoshop and other computer graphic programs. Students will write and illustrate their own children’s books. Students will also create prints using linoleum and other traditional printmaking techniques. This course may be repeated for credit.

Visual Arts Pathway – CIP Code 50.0499

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Introductory Level

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS

(Gr 9-11) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course is designed to teach students how to use the computer as a business, academic and personal tool through the use of the Office Suite and web applications. This course serves as the introductory level course into the AV Communications Pathway.

INTRODUCTION TO DRAWING AND PAINTING

(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

In this course, students study drawing techniques, such as figure drawing, portraits, landscapes, perspective, abstract, etc. Students also study color, design, form and composition. Students try drawing, painting, various kinds of printmaking, collage, and work on individual and group projects.  

RELATIONSHIPS

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course helps students understand and cope with personal, family and social challenges. It also addresses the needs and interests of individuals and family members as a way of strengthening the family unit. The course emphasizes goal-setting, decision-making, time management, balancing work and family, energy and stress management, and identification of alternative choices and coping strategies. This course also covers various issues that impact teenagers, including self-concept, family and peer relationships, substance abuse, personal loss, dating and teenage pregnancy, and violence.

Technical Level

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, 1/2 credit)

This course teaches the technical skills needed to produce quality images for use in a variety of applications. Topics include use of equipment, software, and techniques to take, edit, and manipulate digital images.

Interior and Textile Design Strand (4D)

ESSENTIALS OF INTERIOR DESIGN

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Students will gain an understanding of the elements and principles of design. Students will learn to make appropriate selections of colors, fabrics, furnishings, lighting and furniture. The students will develop skills in architectural drafting and space planning.  Class projects include decorating sample rooms and designing floor plans.  Exposure to career opportunities will be made though speakers and/or field-trips.

 

Graphic Design Strand

CREATIVE DESIGN

(Gr 9-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

This course emphasizes the elements of art and the principles of design. Students draw, paint, create collages and use many experimental processes. This course is highly recommended for college-bound students.

 

Application Level

CAREER CONNECTIONS

(Gr 11,12) (One Trimester, ½ credit) – may be repeated for credit

Prerequisite: Any trimester FCS course

Written Application MUST be completed PRIOR to enrollment.

Career Connections provides human services/family and consumer sciences related work-based learning experiences (paid or unpaid) outside the traditional classroom. Learning goals are set by the student, teacher and employer/adult mentor to create field experiences and/or discussions related to human services/family and consumer sciences occupational technical skills. Students are required and responsible for their own transportation to assigned locations. If student does not have transportation,he/she may not enroll in this course.

GRAPHIC ARTS TECHNOLOGY   (FHTC300_14 and FHTC300_15)

This program offers both a Technical Certificate and/or an Associate of Applied Science degree which prepare graduates for positions in the graphic industry using hardware and software tools, utilizing graphic design and graphic production skills, and Internet technologies. Students gain experience in everything from Adobe Photoshop to how to operate screen-printing machines. Job placement rates are high as this is the fourth largest industry in America.

Open to seniors.

Related Courses

2-D PROJECTS*

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, ½ credit)

Prerequisite: Advanced Drawing & Painting This course is an in-depth study of drawing, painting, printmaking and design with emphasis on personal direction. Students must be self-motivated and work without close supervision. This course may be repeated for credit.

COMPUTER GRAPHICS AND ILLUSTRATION*

(Gr 10-12) (One Trimester, 1⁄2 credit)

This course allows students to create images using Photoshop and other computer graphic programs. Students will write and illustrate their own children’s books. Students will also create prints using linoleum and other traditional printmaking techniques. This course may be repeated for credit.

 

CAREER AREAS

►Art Director

►Artist

►Commercial Artist

►Commercial Photographer: Digital, Still, Video, Film

►Commercial/Residential and Home Furnishing Coordinator

►Computer Animator

►Curator and Gallery Manager

►Fashion Designer

►Fashion Illustrator

►Graphic Designer

►Illustrator

►Interior Designer

►Textile Designer