Arts, A/V Technology & Communications

  • Designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment services.

    Programs of Study: AudioVisual-Film, Journalism-Broadcast, Visual Arts

    Renton School District courses in this Career Cluster include:

    1.0 credit
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Courses expose students to the manufacturing process and develop the skills necessary to design, produce, and repair jewelry. Participants will work with hand tools, processes, and machinery to design and build jewelry in an efficient and safe manner. Students will apply basic academic skills in the manufacturing of jewelry and further develop listening, research, recording, design, quality control, and problem-solving abilities.
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Ed. credit)
    (Language Arts or Career and Technical Ed. credit)
    .5 credit each semester
    Prerequisite: 10th through 12th grades
    These semester courses cover the fundamentals of journalistic ethics, journalistic law, responsible journalism, news writing, copy editing, proofreading, make-up, caption writing, headline writing, features, editorials, columns, newspaper terminology, page layout planning and the background of the newspaper industry. Students will be responsible for production of the school paper including writing articles and editorials, designing layout , photojournalism, selling and advertising, and paper printing and circulation. See Editor Practicum course.

    .5 credit
    (Language Arts or Career & Technical Education credit)
    Prerequisite: Journalistic Writing and Journalism teacher’s approval – 10th through 12 grades
    Editor Practicum is primarily a newspaper production course. Students are expected to fill editorial staff positions and take on final responsibility for paper production:  managing staff, planning, writing, producing, and editing stories, writing headlines, layout, placement of advertising, copy editing, proofreading, and distribution of the school paper. Editor Practicum may be repeated for elective credit. See Journalistic Writing course.

    .5 credit
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    Multimedia represents the convergence of text, pictures, video and sound into a single form. The power of multimedia lies in the way in which information is linked and students will use a variety of software applications to produce multimedia projects that explore different ways to communicate through technology. Projects students will complete include: image editing using Adobe Photoshop Elements, editing sound and audio files using Audacity, and video editing using Adobe Premiere Elements. In addition to working with the software several pieces of multimedia hardware will be utilized and explored including: digital cameras, digital camcorders, and scanners.

    1.0 credit each year
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    These full-year courses provide students the opportunity to develop fundamental knowledge and basic skills of video production, including hands-on experience, proper use of equipment, camera movement, framing, composition, light and sound, the use of video editing systems, and the future of editing video computers.  Through classroom instruction and hands-on experience, students will be better able to see how media will be part of their lives.

    1.0 credit each year
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    The Visual Communications series of courses focus on developing skills in all aspects of graphic design. Areas of study include design principles, typography, illustration, computer graphics, photography, print design, web design and video. Upper division courses allow for in-depth exploration of individual student interest area(s).

    YEARBOOK 1-4
    1.0 credit each year
    (Fine Arts or Career and Technical Education credit)
    First year students have the responsibility for developing and producing a yearbook, which reflects all aspects of the academic and extracurricular activities of the school. Class members will be concerned with making layouts, writing copy, picture composition and cropping, editing, proof reading and distributing the yearbook. A second year of credit will be given to students who take this course as they assume the prime responsibility for planning and producing the yearbook.

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