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.