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New Media Arts Behind the Scenes On Stage and Screen Digital Design Course: Behind The Scenes Emphasis on film analysis, storytelling, script writing, filmmaking Grade Level: 9-12 Elective Prerequisite: None Students will examine the possibilities of storytelling through the reading of scripts and screening of films. They will reflect on how meaning is constructed and conveyed; they will develop an analytical vocabulary as well as an understanding of key historical and critical concepts regarding theatre and film. Students will study techniques of story structure, principles of drama, character and emotion, dialogue, and other creative approaches for screenwriters and dramatists. As writers, students will give actors voice through their words. They will originate storylines, and explore impactful themes. Students will demonstrate the ability to use technology to enhance story as it grows from the written word to a finished, visual story. From cinematography, writing, designing, and editing, this class takes the students through the production process.

Course: On Stage and Screen Emphasis on acting, narrating, reporting, interviewing; scripted and nonscripted/improvisational materials Grade Level: 9-12 Elective Prerequisite: None Through lecture and workshop, students will begin to develop the craft to create strong performances for the stage and on camera. Students will develop their acting skills through improvisation, study of monologue materials, and interpretation of dramatic scripts. Students will engage in numerous activities that provide building blocks to successful scene work: learn how to initiate spontaneous scenes, build upon a scene partners’ offers, and create scenes with a solid foundation through acting exercises. Voice exercises will help students develop breathing techniques, tone production, and vocal flexibility. Movement exercises will help students overcome their inhibitions and to develop character through the use of the body. Upon mastering the fundamentals of acting, students will work collaboratively to stage class and contemporary scripts performing for their peers and the general public.

Students will also learn the fundamentals of camera awareness and blocking. Students will practice techniques for hitting marks and for employing various camera shots. Focus is also placed on creating camera magnetism by encouraging spontaneous behavior and developing the actor’s ability to find the character in him/herself.

Course Title: Digital Design Emphasis on digitally produced design for web and print Grade Level: 9-12 Elective Prerequisite: None “A graphic designer is a communicator: someone who takes ideas and gives them visual form so that others can understand them.” —Timothy Samara This course will provide students with the opportunity to develop a basic understanding of digital reproduction techniques as they relate to the production of graphic visual communication.

Students will complete various exercises incorporating the basic elements and principles of design, from initial choice of topic through working stages to finished presentation. They will learn fundamental technical skills and production procedures. They will also develop conceptual skills necessary for preparing graphic visual communication. Students will be expected to participate in creative problem-solving as they strengthen their awareness and sensitivity to our relationship to the world around us. Students will better understand how the designer uses imagery, symbols, type, and color, to represent ideas and organizes them into a unified message in order to evoke a particular response. Students will identify, analyze and create various forms of graphic art. Students will create a variety of digital and printed media that may include event advertising, sales, identification, invitations, informational ads, cover art, e-news, blogs, etc.

Students will be introduced to digital photography, gaining competence with digital camera, lighting, software, and publishing tools. They will explore the fundamentals of Adobe Creative Cloud (CC)—focusing chiefly on Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Dreamweaver—to digitally manipulate photographic images, create vector artwork, generate multi-page layouts, and use XHTML, and CSS to publish Web pages.

Foreign Languages Neither the State of New Mexico nor Alma d'arte Charter High School has a foreign language graduation requirement. However, some students may wish to pursue credits in this area. On a budget-available basis, students may garner foreign language credits in the IDEAL-New Mexico on-line classes program, or via dual credit classes offered at the NMSU Main Campus or the Dona Ana Community College. In partnership with NMSU and the Confucius Institute we offer Chinese I and II.

Course: Chinese IGrade: 9-12Requirement/Elective: ElectivePrerequisite: None

This course introduces students to the basic skills - listening, speaking, reading, and writing -and to the basic structures of Chinese taught within the cultural context. Emphasis will be placed on oral communication skills. A career awareness component is included which emphasizes the importance of Chinese in the world.

Course: Chinese II Grade: 9-12 Requirement/Elective: Elective Prerequisite: Chinese I This course continues to develop communicative skills. There is greater use of Chinese in the classroom. Emphasis is on sustained communication, both oral and written. An appreciation of the culture of Chinese speaking countries is enhanced.

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