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Digital Media Art Courses

DIGITAL MEDIA ARTS
Digital Media classes are offered to students in grades 9 through 12. Students in grades 10-12 who elect to participate in the MPSA Digital Media Certificate Program, must take one semester of Visual Arts History in either grade 11 or 12, for which they will receive 1⁄2 credit for Social Studies.
*The prerequisite course, Fundamentals of Visual and Digital Art, may be fulfilled by the previously offered Fundamentals of Visual Arts and/or Fundamentals of Digital Media Arts courses.

FUNDAMENTALS OF DIGITAL AND VISUAL ART (656)
YEAR COURSE
Offered to students in grades 9-12
This course is designed for students who have an interest and/or passion for all visual art, ceramics, design imaging, multimedia, digital storytelling, digital photography, animation and print communication. It is also the prerequisite for all visual art and digital media art classes. This class is an introduction to the fundamentals and practice of traditional art and digital media art. Focus includes integration of the Elements and Principles of Visual Design into traditional art techniques and digital imaging. Students will learn skills in 2- and 3- dimensional traditional art, and industry standard computer hardware and software programs. The class incorporates individual and group projects. Regular presentation and discussion of work will be required.
Material Fee: $75.00

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (680)
SEMESTER COURSE, Offered Both Semesters
Offered to students in grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Digital and Visual Art*
Students will receive 1⁄2 art credit or 1⁄2 elective credit.

MPSA Digital Media Arts Certificate students may choose as one semester of the required courses.
Students must have their own digital camera. (Students planning on taking Advanced Digital Photography should note the SLR camera requirement.)
This class is an introduction to digital photography from two perspectives-creator and audience. Observation is a key element in honing one’s photographic eye. This course will focus on content and form, craft and aesthetic and an overarching understanding of visual communication. Students will display chosen work throughout the semester informally as a method of gaining feedback on their work from peers, as well as practicing visual interpretation and enhancing communication skills pertaining to art. We will have a formal critique of portfolios at the end of the semester.

ADVANCED DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY I (681)
ADVANCED DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY II (682)
ADVANCED DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY III (683)

ADVANCED DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY IV (684)
Offered to students in grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Digital Photography
Students will receive one semester art credit or one semester elective credit.
MPSA Digital Media Arts Certificate students may choose as one semester of the required courses. Students must have their own SLR digital camera.
Off-campus photography of sports or events will be assigned.
These courses will focus on content and form, craft and aesthetic, and an overarching understanding of visual communication. Each student will explore their individual artistic impulse/creative voice and be able to make photographs with the proper technique/craft to effectively communicate their vision. Unique to these courses is the opportunity to work as a commercial photographer by providing imagery for the school yearbook. Regular critiques will field questions about content, interest, visual readability, structure and sequence.

YEARBOOK I (685) Grades 9-11
YEARBOOK II (686) Grades 10-12
YEARBOOK III (687) Grades 10-12

YEARBOOK IV (688) Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Digital and Visual Art*
Students will receive 1⁄2 art credit and 1⁄2 elective credit.
MPSA Digital Media Arts Certificate students may choose as one of their two required courses.
The primary objective of these courses is to produce the school yearbook. Students must be dedicated, responsible and independent thinkers. Extra time outside of the class period, for information gathering, photography and page layout assignments may be required. Teamwork is an important part of the yearbook producing process. The realization of this goal utilizes skills of verbal and visual communication (planning, writing, computer graphics and design, editing photography) and traits of leadership and responsibility. The courses present an excellent opportunity for students to learn the principles and practices of journalism, publishing and related computer software and programs.

STUDIO TELEVISION PRODUCTION I (690)
STUDIO TELEVISION PRODUCTION II (691)
STUDIO TELEVISION PRODUCTION III (692)

STUDIO TELEVISION PRODUCTION IV (693)
YEAR COURSES
Offered to students in grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Digital and Visual Art*
MPSA Digital Media Arts Certificate students may choose as one of their two required courses.
The objective of these courses is for students to learn the pre-production, production and post-production phases of television beginning with story pitching and development, and culminating in at least one of several publication formats.
Students will be expected to write/produce at least one story per quarter and participate in a variety of roles including reporter, videographer and editor. Students will work in teams for the majority of story assignments but may occasionally work on their own. Advanced students may find themselves working on extended documentary style projects or playing the role of editor as they assist level I & II students to master techniques and fundamentals.
The style of these stories will be in the form of news broadcast and storytelling using topics which may originate on campus or from within the community. Students will be expected to make contact with individuals essential to their story, and to make arrangements for possible off campus, after hour, video shoots for information gathering and to capture interviews. Studio Television Productions will present opportunities to collaborate with other schools throughout Hawaii through the PBS Hiki No program. Other opportunities for outside collaborations will be possible through our association with the national organization, Student Television Network.
Stories that achieve a level suitable for publication may be selected for any or all of the following: a) 20 Minute closed circuit broadcast to our campus; b) Contest entries for Fall and Spring Nationals sponsored by Student Television Network; c) Selected appropriate local contest entries; d) Posting to the Green and White Network (GWN) web page. All stories will be subject to peer review and evaluation.

FILM PRODUCTION I (650)
FILM PRODUCTION II (651)
FILM PRODUCTION III (652)
Offered to students in grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Digital and Visual Art*
Students will receive a one year art credit or a one year elective credit for Levels I and II.
Students will receive a one year elective credit for Level III.
Level III may be repeated once for elective credit.
MPSA Digital Media Arts Certificate students may choose as one of their two required courses.
Theatre Certificate students may choose as their 2nd arts course with concurrent enrollment in an Acting class.
The scope of student filmmaking in this course will include narrative, documentary, commercial and video art genres and acting for the camera. All work will be executed and discussed within the aesthetic framework of fine arts. The course will cover the entire process of film production, from pre-production: screenwriting, storyboarding, treatments, casting and rehearsal; to production: principal photography, blocking, framing, lighting, art design and audio; to post-production: beginning to advanced editing techniques, effects, sound design, scoring, screening and distribution.
In addition to all course work, students will be encouraged to submit work for public screening and required to submit for consideration at least one film to the spring MPSA Media Arts Festival. Digital Media and Theater Arts Certificate students will be expected to create an e- portfolio of their best work for year-end review.
To promote cross-disciplinary work, students will be encouraged to collaborate on projects with MPSA acting students. Students may have opportunities to consult with guest artists such as film actors and directors. Field trips may include visiting local television and film sets.
FILM STUDIES (678)
BLENDED COURSE SEMESTER COURSE
Offered Both Semesters Offered to students in grades 9-12
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Digital and Visual Art*
Students will receive 1⁄2 art credit or 1⁄2 elective credit.

MPSA Digital Media Arts Certificate students may choose as one semester of their required courses.
In this course, we will study the history of film, from the development and evolution of the technology, to the artistic and social implications on American and international culture. Students will develop fluency with the language of film production and critique through examining historically prominent contributions of screenwriters, directors, cinematographers, sound designers, editors, and actors.
Students will analyze films through reading assignments, written critiques, and both classroom and online discussions. Films will span various genres and will include shorts, documentaries, and features. Students will be expected to view films on their own and in on-campus and community screenings.

DIGITAL ART I (674)
DIGITAL ART II (675)
DIGITAL ART III (676)
YEAR COURSES
Offered to students in grades 10-12
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Digital and Visual Art*
Students will receive one year art credit or one year elective credit.
MPSA Digital Media Arts Certificate students may choose as one of their two required courses.

This is the follow-up class to Fundamentals of Digital and Visual Art. Students must be strong visual artists who are interested in studying new forms of storytelling through a wide range of digital art, multimedia, and new media production techniques. Students will explore visual art concepts through the creation of digital 2D art, graphic design, video and animation based artwork, and interactive media via web design.

Advanced level students will explore special topics and develop a personal creative niche with in the realm of digital fine art. Entrepreneurial or community service work will be required for Level 2-4 students.

All levels of this class are expected to participate in class and online discussions and critiques. Written assessments and reflections are assigned regularly.

ANIMATION (694)
SEMESTER COURSE
Offered Both Semesters Offered to students in grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Completion of Fundamentals of Digital and Visual Arts*
Students will receive 1⁄2 art credit or 1⁄2 elective credit.
MPSA Digital Media Arts Certificate students may choose as one semester of the required courses.
This course is designed to explore different traditional and digital animation techniques. Methods covered in this class include drawing and painting on paper and for the camera; object-oriented and live-action stop-motion animation, and computer-based animation. This class will explore character design, narrative structures, and visual metaphors.
Students must be strong visual artists and have basic proficiency working with digital tools and equipment.

MEDIA ARTS TECHNIQUES I (6981) – BLENDED COURSE
MEDIA ARTS TECHNIQUES II (6982)
MEDIA ARTS TECHNIQUES III (6983)
YEAR COURSE

Required for all Digital Media Art Certificate students in Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Digital and Visual Art, accepted to the MPSA Certificate program, and enrolled in one Digital Media Art course each semester (or one year course).

This is an MPSA Certificate course designed for media certificate students only. This studio art and seminar course offers serious media art students an opportunity to work with other certificate students at an accelerated pace. Students will explore in-depth techniques in individual areas of interest studying photography, film, documentary, animation, digital illustration, graphic design, mixed media, and new media through portfolio development and practicing curatorial concepts. In addition, students will expand personal creative niches within the context of contemporary art and culture through creative experimentation, short written assignments, and research.

This class will also address aspects of digital art history and theory, including media literacy as it relates to contemporary and global issues. Contemporary art in Hawaii will be explored through artist talks and other learning activities. Students will develop oral communication skills necessary to present their work to the public. At the end of each certificate year, students will have developed a professional portfolio to be used for academic and professional applications.

VISUAL ARTS HISTORY (668)
SEMESTER COURSE, Semester 1 Only Offered to students in grades 11 and 12
Required for all MPSA Visual Arts and Digital Media Arts Certificate students.
MPSA Visual Arts and Digital Media Arts Certificate students in grade 12 can elect to take this course as a core course with prior approval only.
MPSA Visual Arts and Digital Media Arts Certificate students will receive 1⁄2 credit for Social Studies.
Non-certificate students will receive 1⁄2 arts or 1⁄2 elective credit.
The main objective of this course is to offer a historical survey of visual arts from pre-history to the modern day. Theatre is a clear reflection of significant trends and events of history and is a reaction to the existing social, political, and economic conditions. By examining the forces of humanity’s creative energies, students will gain a better understanding of the role of visual arts in society. The course will include lectures, group discussion and field trips to art events.
Material Fee: $50.00

IB Visual Arts (SL/HL) (669)
TWO-YEAR COURSE Offered to students in grades 11 and 12
Prerequisite: Department Approval and Concurrent Enrollment in the MPSA Visual Arts Certificate Program
These year-long courses are designed to provide students of various art interests and abilities with opportunities to develop their aesthetic, imaginative, and creative faculties in a global context. Students will develop a portfolio of studio work and conduct research into visual art forms of interest as defined by the IB SL assessment criteria. The IB Portfolio may include a variety of art media including traditional 2D & 3D media, and computer generated work.
All students enrolled in this course are required to take the IB examination in the senior year, which is subject to an examination fee.