The media arts program teaches students to use elements and tools of current and emerging technologies to create works that express feelings and ideas.
Students are challenged to appreciate, analyze, and create works through the moving image, stop-motion animation, sound, photography, digital arts, and interactive media. Juniors are introduced to a variety of genres and approaches to subject matter, basic technology, and criticism in an historical and cultural context. They develop critical and creative thinking skills by creating works that convey their own ideas. Seniors learn advanced skills and techniques, history and theory, career planning and portfolio development, and work on an independent senior project of their choice.
Students learn through hands-on assignments, lectures, readings, and technical demonstrations. Work is evaluated through self-assessment, peer assessment, and teacher assessment during class critiques, projects, portfolio interviews, class discussions, exhibitions, observations, technical tests, and technical demonstrations.
Media arts students are involved with the community both regionally and nationally, in a variety of venues. Students have won more than 250 regional and national awards for their work through competitions such as the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Program and National YoungArts Foundation. Arts high school students have worked on a variety of community projects with other institutions including Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Independent Filmmaker Project Minnesota, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, and cable access centers.
Plan your Visit
Are you thinking Perpich Arts High School might be the place for you? It’s a big decision, we know. We would welcome a visit from you to learn more! Check our schedule for Information Sessions or contact Admissions to plan a shadow day.
“Perpich is the best school for me because it provides a diverse student population, artistic environment and academic opportunities that can’t be found anywhere else in the state.”
“My teachers encourage me to push myself outside of my comfort zone and to always strive to better my art, never settling for good enough.”
"Perpich is providing me with the opportunity to develop my art, and fulfill a potential which I might never have on my own. I decided to come to Perpich because I was an ugly duckling, and I’m glad I did because now I’m flying with the swans."
"For 17 years I’d carried the bulk of my children’s education myself. Sending the two oldest away to Perpich was a huge step of faith and I have not been disappointed. The teachers, in particular, have been fabulous!"
"[Perpich] was a hugely formative experience for me and I think gave me many of the tools to get to this point of, as you said, doing meaningful work that I love."