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|Course Name||Instructor||Grade Level(s)|
|Digital Photography||Chris Zorn||10, 11, 12|
This class offers students a real world immersion into the technical, artistic, aesthetic and creative concepts of digital photography as well as expose students to the complex requirements of socially responsible media in the 21st century. Our focus will be on the art and aesthetics of photography and learning to apply these aesthetics to create fine art and media intended for publication and distribution on the world wide web. While students learn to understand and solve technical issues related to digital media, we focus on re-learning how to see clearly and carefully in the context of the modern digital age – a time when our culture is literally overwhelmed by the digital image. By exploring and problem-solving in the medium of digital photography, we can rediscover the inherent beauty and upliftedness that consistently presents itself in the world around us. We learn to use this powerful digital medium to create compelling and persuasive content. We learn how our digital tools can be used to discover, explore, comment on and develop a greater awareness of the myriad of issues that we face both locally and as a human community, as well as make our own contribution to creatively resolving these issues.
The mission of Multimedia is to produce on-going, current news of the students and the school, provide important digital and print media for the school’s various outreach and communication efforts, and serve as the webmaster for the school’s web site. In addition, Multimedia provides the school community with the annual Yearbook and similar publications. It is a source of current news and feature articles, and similar information in the School Life section of the school website.
Finally, Multimedia provides students with 21st century venues for narrative, artistic and aesthetic expression. Multimedia classes offer students the opportunity to work in production environments similar to real world experiences and create products that have value to our school community and beyond. Multimedia classes incorporate several traditional disciplines and marry them into a uniquely modern discipline, sometimes referred to as Communication Arts, Media Arts, or Mass Media.
Foundational classes in Multimedia include ‘Ūniki (the school's yearbook publication) and Digital Photography. Periodically, other classes are offered as student interests or school needs dictate, such as Digital Filmmaking or Animation and Design.
In addition to the school's yearbook, ‘Ūniki, Multimedia students exhibit their animation, film and photography work through their ULSMedia YouTube channel and their hyper-local visual journal, ULShoots.