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Academy of Communication Arts Course Descriptions

Grades 9-12, Credits 1.25-5.00
Journalism is a full-year course that is divided into the following interrelated and integrated units: Introduction to Journalism, Writing the News, Beyond Page One, Gathering News, and Newspaper and Community. The purpose of this course is for students to explore the various elements that constitute “good” journalism. Students will improve their writing and will hone interviewing and research skills. Further, students will produce the school newspaper as part of the class requirements.
Grades 9-12, Credits 1.25-5.00
This course is a continuation of the Journalism 1 course. Students in Journalism 2 will focus on improving their skills as writers and reporters, while developing their skills as publishers, project managers, and leaders. They will focus more on the research and analysis stages of reporting by composing investigative, trend, interpretive, and analytical articles. These students will be the Lead Editors of the student newspaper, and will be responsible for creating schedules and deadlines for article submissions, revision, and publication. They will also make all layout and stylistic decisions for each issue.
Grades 10-12, Credits 1.25-5.00
TV and Video Production introduces the student to the complete process of writing, filming, and editing a television or video program. The student will use computer-based non-linear editing software to create full-length, broadcast quality scenes, shows, and mini-movies. The student will also learn the process of creating a television program from idea to final product. Other topics included in this course will be scriptwriting, storyboarding, how to correctly operate a digital video camera, lighting techniques, directing talent and camera operators, editing video into sequences that are composites of different takes, and finalizing a product onto a professional-quality tape or DVD. Approximately one half of the year will be learning pre-production techniques, and how to safely (and carefully) operate equipment. The remainder of the year will be project-based learning consisting of working both as an individual and in a group. Resources and “studio time” are limited and will require lab usage before and after school hours. Filming of scenes and events may also require students to participate in class related activities outside of regular school hours.
Grades 11-12, Credits 1.25-5.00
The focus is on creating original content for MRHS TV, Manchester’s public, educational and government station. Class includes project-based learning, creating serialized television shows and short movies which spotlight community groups and organizations. Students will learn advanced editing techniques, use software to compliment non-linear based editing, utilize stop-motion techniques and special effects including green screen production.