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The Digital Media art track begins in grade 6 with a year long Basics of Art Class, which introduces skills, techniques, and vocabulary in the digital arts. In grades 7 and 8 a student can move up to a semester long Beginner class in digital media, learning the basics of IPhoto and IMovie as well as designing the Middle School yearbook.

In grade 9 the students are given a yearlong Fundamentals of the Arts class which introduces them to the Digital Media Lab, Filmmaker Ari Bernstein (USC MFA), and basic camera techniques. Students who continue to follow a Digital Media art track from grade 10 to graduation, select from Intermediate Digital Cinema for Filmmaking or Intermediate Digital Photography with lead school photographer Patrick O'Leary. Students then advance to Digital Documentary making news stories for the school's website, or join the Photojournalism class creating the schools spectacular full color yearbook.
Students display their multimedia twice a year in a rotating campus art show, as well as our weekly assemblies school website, and bi-yearly magazine. The students are truly tasked with documenting life on and off our beautiful campus.

Course Descriptions

Intermediate Digital Media: Digital Photography

Digital Photography is a one-semester intermediate Digital Media course taught in the Graphic Lab in the CsiMec Computer Lab. The class will provide a solid foundation in the fundamental technical skills and artistic concepts of digital photography through hands-on workshops about framing, exposure, and lighting, supported by supplementary readings and videos from Tony Northrup's DSLR
Book How to Create Stunning Digital Photography. The students will demonstrate these skills in the field during seven, two-week shooting assignments. Grading will be based on participation in hands-on workshops during class, Photo Journal entries on Haiku as part of larger on-line discussions, and editing photos for bi-weekly critiques. The class will culminate with the students creating an online portfolio of
their best work, with their best-of-the-best being printed for our semiannual Art Show. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the Camera Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts class.

Intermediate Digital Media: Digital Cinema

Digital Cinema is a one-semester intermediate Digital Media class taught in the Digital Media Lab. In the class, the students will write, shoot and edit a three to five minute film. This class will cover the basics of script writing and storyboarding, camera framing and lighting, working as a film crew, and post production, including editing and sound design. Grading will be based on participation in hands-on workshops and the film’s production during class, notebook checks, and Photo Journal entries on Haiku with written reflections on the day’s work. The class will culminate with a finished short film, that will be submitted to various student film festivals. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the Camera Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts class.

Intermediate Digital Media: Digital Documentary

Digital Documentary is a one-semester intermediate Digital Media class taught in the Digital Media Lab. In the class, each student will write, shoot, and edit their own three minute news story. This class will cover pitching and writing a news story, shooting interviews and cutaways, and editing for the news, including use of music, transitions, and text. Grading will be based on participation in hands-on camera and sound workshops and working with the class as a film crew to shoot each other’s news stories. Each student will also be required to post Photo Journal entries on Haiku with written reflections on the day’s work during the production of their news story. These stories will be featured on the PBS show, Hiki No, the nation’s first state wide student news network, or on our HPA website. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the Camera Section of the Fundamentals of the Arts class.

Advanced Digital Media: Photojournalism/Yearbook

Yearbook is a yearlong advanced Digital Media class taught in the Graphics Lab in the CsiMec Computer Building. In this class, the students produce and publish the Academy’s long-standing yearbook, the Ka Makani. Yearbook staff members are expected to show a high level of sophistication and eventual mastery in journalistic writing, digital photography, and layout and design. Staff members are also required to have the ability to work independently with minimal oversight and to collaborate effectively with other staff members on demanding and complex projects. The culminating assessment for this class is a 228-page yearbook that is delivered during the second week of May. Grading will be based on participation in hands-on workshops during class, completion of page layouts, and finishing writing/photo assignments. The prerequisite for this class is the successful completion of the intermediate digital photography class and a recommendation from an English teacher for aspiring staff writers.

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