Visual Communications

  • From the Curriculum Guide

    The Visual Communications course is designed to provide basic instruction in the production of photography and video, as well as media literacy strategies that will help students to understand the relationship of visual media to contemporary communications. In photography units, students explore camera and lighting techniques, composition strategies, and digital editing. During video units, students learn the basics of documentary film production, including storyboarding, capturing film, and video communication strategies. Emphasis shifts between using industry-standard software like the Adobe suite, and using online tools and apps that are available to any user. Students complete this course with a portfolio of photography, digital video, and applications to art and media projects. This course is the prerequisite for Advanced Digital Photography and Digital Photojournalism.

    Goals

    Students will conceive and create photography, video, and animation projects using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, FinalCut Pro, Adobe Spark, and digital cameras. Our focus is on responsible and expressive documentary-style work— meaning, learning to use these tools to truthfully share experiences of the world around us.