Kutztown Area High School courses exploring the intersection of media and culture.
Purpose of Class: To provide students the opportunity to become creators and mediators of media culture.
Tagline: Understanding and authoring media.
Contemporary Media Production (previously Film Production I)
The emphasis of this elective will be on the creation and mediation of mass media products (online posts, podcasts, physical advertisements and videos) as logical, linear processes (from scripting to presentation), with special attention paid to narrative, experimental and documentary forms of expression. Multiple analyses of film, television, radio broadcasting, music video, documentary and print media will allow students to explore various cultural forces at work in the construction of mass media. Additionally, much time will be dedicated to the study of iterative design cycles, design thinking and audience analysis. Students, whether independently or collaboratively, will be expected to produce at least eight short films and or articles of varying content for evaluation and online submission to our internal social media platform, Fusfoo. The course is highly recommended for those considering a future in broadcast media and/or communications.
Experimental Media Production (previously Film Production II)
Continuing where Contemporary Media Production concluded, the emphasis of the second half of the course will be the production of advanced media products utilizing an engineering design process—that is—students will be responsible for identifying communication needs in the greater Kutztown community, diagnosing key deficits, designing and testing specific campaigns and then analyzing audience response. Students, whether independently or collaboratively will be expected to produce at least eight short pieces of varying content for evaluation. The course is highly recommended for those considering a future in broadcast media and/or communications.