Media & Design

Media & Design

Create and Connect

Are you an artist? What drives your creativity? Expand your creative horizons while learning the art of connecting to your audience through digital media. Build your skills and learn about the huge array of career paths—from advertising and journalism to photography and website design, find out what you’re passionate about and grow creatively.

Career options & salary range

Art director, film & video editor, graphic designer, photographer, fashion designer, web designer or developer, and more

Skills learned

  • Learn digital photography skills including composition and editing
  • Build a foundation in graphic design and printmaking and learn the many avenues a career in this field can take
  • Practice skills like marketing, design, and photography by creating the yearbook
  • Get acquainted with software programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Adobe Premiere
  • You’ll have the option to begin learning web design and development
Grade
9

You can enroll in this program in any grade. See your counselor for more details.

Your Contact

Program of Study Lead

Jana Whitfield

Amped Multimedia & Photography

(509) 972-3658

whitfieldj@wv208@org

Tim Mitchell

Digital Media

(509) 972-5900

mitchellt@wvsd208.org

  • Pathways

  • Out of high school

    Photographer, web designer or developer, fashion designer, film editor, graphic designer, writer, journalist, screenwriter, floral designer, and more

  • Two-year options

    Some technical schools and art schools offer two-year certificates that are more affordable than four-year colleges and universities. This type of schooling offers focused training only in your chosen field, rather than a general education that takes longer. Many of the same career options are available with a two-year certificate as from a four-year degree.

  • 4-year options

    Illustrator, art director, art teacher, multimedia designer, architect, video game designer, product designer

Program requirements: Please choose four classes from the required courses to fulfill this pathway
Photography 101 .5 (Satisfies: Art)
Multimedia 101 .5 (Satisfies: Art)
Multimedia 102 .5 (Satisfies: Art)
Media & Journalism .5 (Satisfies: Art)
Digital Storytelling .5 (Satisfies: Art)
Please choose four classes from the above to earn 2.0 credit(s)
Optional coursework
Graphic Design and Printmaking .5
Yearbook 101 .5
Yearbook 102 .5
.75 credit(s)

College credit earned

  • TBD

Certifications & training

  • YVC IT 233 - Dreamweaver

Courses

Photography 101 ‐ 0.5 Credit(s)

Duration ‐ One semester

Prerequisite ‐ None

Fees and Costs ‐ None

Course Overview

Take truly great pictures with an introduction to equipment and techniques for digital photography. Cameras, studio techniques, and Photoshop techniques are all covered, and you’ll participate in exercises to demonstrate basic skills in photography. The main focus of the course is your own pursuit of creative photography, with challenges designed to push your skills to a higher level of accomplishment and artistry.

Student Learning Objectives

  • Learn the basics of digital photography including composition, studio techniques, and editing
  • Study the elements of photography and discuss their ability to communicate and evoke emotion
  • Challenge yourself creatively and build your skills as a photographer through practice and receiving feedback

Multimedia 101 ‐ 0.5 Credit(s)

Duration ‐ One semester

Prerequisite ‐ None

Fees and Costs ‐ None

Course Overview

In this class you’ll explore careers in the fields of Multimedia/Visual Communications. Learn about graphic design, production, visual display, and presentation of material of all types (advertising, education, illustrative, etc.) using the media that best displays the illustration. You’ll study Principles of Art & Design and apply your knowledge throughout a variety of projects. You’ll develop your Visual Literacy and understand and apply Copyright and Ethical standards.

You’ll have the opportunity to builds skills in digital photography, animation, computerized graphics, video, audio, desktop publishing, methods of presentation, and create a portfolio of your work. Study emerging multimedia technologies such as podcasting, blogging, and web banners, and get acquainted with software programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Adobe Premiere.

Student Learning Objectives

  • Identify multiple arts/multimedia related career paths
  • Create a variety of animations for use in web and other multimedia applications
  • Create electronic multimedia products (podcast, blog, web banner, etc.) incorporating appropriate graphics for each application
  • Create a video using effective production techniques such as sound editing, music mixing, video editing, and transitions
  • Create videos and podcasts using appropriate software for Internet playback and website publishing
  • Create products using illustrations, images, audio, and animation in multiple media formats
  • Create an ad campaign (or other project) using appropriate media/software applications
  • Develop products using multiple media for a variety of audiences while using appropriate type style, purpose, measurement, differences, spacing, and conversions

Yearbook 101, 102 ‐ 1 Credit(s)

Duration ‐ Two semesters

Prerequisite ‐ None

Fees and Costs ‐ None (Students must sell two advertisement spaces in the yearbook.)

Course Overview

In this class, you’ll carry the responsibility of marketing and producing the school yearbook. Units will be taught in yearbook layout, design, and photography. You will be expected to spend additional time after school, in the evenings, and on weekends to complete assignments and meet deadlines when necessary.

Student Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate an awareness of yearbook processing and products
  • Identify various printed products in the industry
  • Show an understanding of concepts involved with the printing industry
  • Develop an interest for craftsmanship by using basic skills to evaluate work
  • Cooperate with peers to complete assignments
  • Understand the language employed in the field
  • Understand and apply good printing layout procedures
  • Practice judgment in utilization of materials

Graphic Design and Printmaking ‐ 0.5 Credit(s)

Duration ‐ One semester

Prerequisite ‐ Successful completion of Art 101 and approval from the instructor.

Fees and Costs ‐ Lab Fee $25.00 – Payable no later than the 2nd week of the semester. For those who qualify, there is help available to cover this cost. Please see your school counselor for details.

Course Overview

Optional course

Graphic design is the visual communication of ideas and information. Printmaking involves producing creative work using techniques including stencils, silk-screening, and linoleum block carving. Learn design and illustration to communicate and solve problems, and learn techniques of illustration for publication, label, logo, packaging design, posters, and signs. This is not a computer graphics course.

Student Learning Objectives

  • Learn the basic elements of graphic design and printmaking
  • Learn design techniques and their effectiveness to communicate and solve problems
  • Study many types of design and their mediums and the role they play from packaging to signage

Multimedia 102 ‐ 0.5 Credit(s)

Duration ‐ One semester

Prerequisite ‐ None

Fees and Costs ‐ None

Course Overview

Learn the basics of audio and video production on software used by industry professionals, including Adobe Audition, Premiere Pro, and more. You’ll explore careers in the field of Media Production while applying your knowledge to a variety of projects. You’ll develop your literacy of different genres in media, including creative, commercial, broadcast, and more. You will also gain an understanding of Copyright and Ethical standards relating to media production.

You’ll have an opportunity to create a portfolio of work and build skills using a variety of projects in emerging fields of media production, including digital music production, podcasting, video editing, and more. Work produced in this class will prepare you for advanced courses like Media & Journalism and Digital Storytelling.

Student Learning Objectives

  • Identify multiple arts/multimedia related career paths
  • Create videos using effective production techniques such as sound editing, music mixing, video editing, and transitions
  • Create audio content such as podcasts, digital music, radio programming, and sound effects
  • Create videos and podcasts using appropriate software for Internet playback and website publishing
  • Develop products using multiple media for a variety of audiences while using appropriate type style, purpose, measurement, differences, spacing, and conversions

Media & Journalism ‐ 0.5 Credit(s)

Duration ‐ One semester

Prerequisite ‐ Multimedia 102

Fees and Costs ‐ None

Course Overview

Prepare yourself for Digital Storytelling by studying the art of media production. In this class you will analyze and examine different forms of media and gain a further understanding of Copyright and Ethical standards relating to media production. You will learn techniques for brainstorming and producing media, such as storyboarding and scriptwriting. Skills and knowledge gained in the course will prepare you for advanced audio and video production projects in the Digital Storytelling class.

Student Learning Objectives

  • Understand the literary components of a story -
  • Understand the development of a storyboard
  • Understand the components of plot development
  • Under development of production/script writing, and storytelling

Digital Storytelling ‐ 0.5 Credit(s)

Duration ‐ One semester

Prerequisite ‐ Multimedia 102 and Media & Journalism.

Fees and Costs ‐ None

Course Overview

Take your audio and video production skills to the next level. In this class, you’ll explore careers in the field of Media Production while applying your knowledge to a variety of advanced projects. You’ll have an opportunity to build an advanced vocabulary of different production techniques and equipment while making a variety of creative projects such as YouTube content, short films, podcasts, news broadcasts, sports journalism coverage, live music production, and more.

You’ll have an opportunity to create a portfolio of work and build skills using a variety of projects in emerging fields of media production. Work produced in this class will prepare you for advanced courses and a variety of collegiate and professional opportunities in the fields of media production.

Student Learning Objectives

  • Create digital media content using appropriate software for internet playback and website publishing
  • Develop products using multiple media for a variety of audiences while using appropriate type style, purpose, measurement, differences, spacing, and conversions
  • Understand and effectively utilize the most appropriate expressions in diverse, multi-cultural environments
  • Develop and set goals for both short and long-term projects
  • Develop and cultivate a self-motivated mindset for managing multiple projects and utilizing time management skills