The Media Arts program offers students opportunities to construct, use, and interpret information that is available across multiple media formats. Through the use of the most contemporary tools for research and application, students develop the critical thinking skills necessary for lifelong learning.
Digital technologies and computer software are dramatically reshaping the learning environments of today’s world. Digital literacy is essential to every student’s academic success in this rapidly changing landscape, and courses in this program address he essential technology skills needed for success.
Students are given the chance to explore the technical side of personal computers and the networks that connect them, learning how to solve many of the problems that arise while using them. Students can explore:
- Graphic Design
- Audio Production
- Electronic Music
They also have opportunities to explore and develop skills in digital design by experimenting with art, animation, and layout programs in Macromedia suite (Photoshop and Illustrator), and various open-source programs like GIMP.
In the Cinematography courses students work in small groups, learning to write, direct and edit short films. Students also learn to write effective screenplays by studying the traditional three-act story structure, character development, script formatting and the art of realistic dialogue writing.
In the Media Studio, students are asked to follow their own curiosity, develop new learning styles based on design thinking, and bring that interest to fruition either working in a group or as an individual. Students are challenged to look beyond the normal boundaries of the experience through projects and discussion of new innovations in technology.