About the Program
The Media Arts program seeks to provide students with the attitude, knowledge and skills they need to thoughtfully examine, interpret, and communicate their unique perceptions, experiences, and understandings. Students learn processes that enable them to create, develop, and share their experiences of the world in a visual and multi-sensory fashion that connects with the hearts of other human beings.
Media work is typically collaborative in nature. Students progress towards the development of individual specializations in the context of contributing towards a larger goal as part of a team. By working together to execute intricate, multi-faceted endeavors, students gain valuable experience in project and time management, creative and critical problem solving, and the cultivation of healthy and productive working relationships.
Students work with a variety of mediums as they develop foundation skills with a special focus on cinematography as they advance. Senior students pursue more abstract and experimental work and may work alone in order to enjoy complete creative control over their vision. Student work is celebrated through multiple exhibition opportunities throughout the year.
In marrying art and technology, students enjoy access to a plethora of professional-grade equipment including a Mac Lab, a lineup of Canon 60d DSLR cameras with a full set of prime lenses, a BlackMagic Cinema Camera, a mobile studio lighting kit including a Kinoflo Diva, a full set of shotgun microphones with Zoom H4N audio recording devices, a dolly and slider, steadicam, and jib. Software applications frequently used by students in the program include Photoshop, After Effects, Final Cut, and DaVinci Resolve.
On a co-curricular level, the program looks outward through many lenses. Provincial festivals for teens such as the ZoomFest 48 hour film festival competition and the B.C. Student Film Festival provides opportunities for students to have their work adjudicated by industry professionals, see their best from their peers from around the province, and participate in workshops. During leadership experience week at the school, students are provided the opportunity to be part of a film crew that makes a video for a charitable or non-profit organization. Students also enter PSA competitions such as WorkSafe B.C. A Media Club, site visits to professional studios and workplaces, and visits to international cities as part of the Fine Arts Trip round out the student experience.
We hope you enjoy this selection of student-created films!