The Lehman College Summer Multimedia Arts Academy 2013 will provide high school juniors and seniors with a unique opportunity to experience college-level studies in the multimedia arts, theatre and mass communication fields. Students will take college-credit courses in digital arts, audio-visual production, theatre, video editing or journalism. The courses will provide an interactive hands-on learning experience as well as an exposure to the humanities. Students will receive 4 college credits for successful completion of their academic work and will be involved in a multimedia production as part of the Summer Multimedia Arts Festival on August 5 and August 6. The cost of the program is FREE for the student. College Now covers the costs of tuition, books, lunch and transportation (metro cards).
This summer in collaboration with multimedia journalism program at Lehman College, we have the opportunity to have our students participate and take college credit courses and get the “hands on” experience audio-visual productions on TV and on-line journalism. The Summer Multimedia Arts Academy offers high school students the opportunity to study with the Lehman College faculty in the multimedia arts, theatre and multimedia journalism on the Lehman College campus. Students will be able to explore these new forms of social media which are becoming more dominant in our culture and changing the traditional forms of mass communication.
Art 112 is an intensive fundamentals course with the goal of familiarizing the students to the process of digital imaging. In today’s modern world, we are consistently barraged with visual imagery on a daily basis. We will look at the history of graphic design and the impact of digital imaging on society while learning to distinguish good design using examples from important professional figures and design movements. By tackling two of the most powerful digital tools, Photoshop and the Web, the students will apply the principles they have learned to create their own work. The students will gain confidence through individual design assignments and the final group project - the creation and construction of a program-encompassing website.
MMJ 215: Audiovisual Production provides fundamental tools and techniques of audio and video production. Basic principles, operations and techniques of Television productions are taught to the students. Students in the MMJ 215 calls works closely with students in the MMJ 252 class as the production team for both studio segments and field stories.
Reporting I gave students an introduction to the basic elements of journalistic writing, both in terms of structure and style, and in terms of the fundamental elements of truth, balance and inquisitiveness that are the heart of all, solid reporting. During the course of the class, students were exposed to different journalistic genres and narrative voices, and during the workshop and take-home assignments, they practiced these different techniques in their own writing. Students created and edited their own class website – The Bronx Beat – and postedstories about immigration, the Zimmerman trial, stop and frisk and several other topics. In addition to that, each student covered a different Bronx neighborhood, writing reports about local events and selecting a particular issue that became the subject of their final feature stories. Students also visited The New York Times and CNN’s headquarters in Manhattan, and they met with several local journalists,TV hosts and photojournalists. They wrote about each of those visits on their website. Finally, students got used to keeping up with the news of the day through daily quizzes that tested their knowledge of local, national and global news.
The Art of Theatre
This course provides an opportunity to work as an ensemble and bring, in a mere five weeks, dramatic texts to life on the stage. In parallel to their work as actor – which is a first experience for most of them, students learn about the Art of Theatre by researching and presenting a particular topic in class (Medieval Theatre, Women in Theatre, Shakespeare and his time, The Globe Theatre, Theatre of the Absurd, the Rise of Realism, Systems of Acting, etc). Students also explore writing techniques to express themselves and some of their work is included among scenes and excerpts from major playwrights such as Shakespeare and August Wilson. Most importantly, students are exposed to an acting technique that reaches into their intuitive andimpulsive approach to text and develops their own voice towards selfexpression.
Visual Elements of Theatre
The theater experience is a collaborative effort of artistic vision and technical skills. This Visual Elements of Theater class introduces the students to the world of theater with the particular emphasis on the visual elements component. The functions, creative process, tools and materials of the set, the costumes, the lights and the makeup designers are covered through lectures, screenings, tours and practical labs. This labor intensive and fast paced course meets Mondays-Thursdays from 10AM to 3Pm ( with an hour for lunch). This summer we read and designed the visual world of the radio play Johnny Got his Gun against two different historical backgrounds. The summer session will end with a stage production where our students collaborate as makeup artists/costume wardrobe and as back stage crew.
Fundamentals of Editing
This course provides students with an introduction to the production & creative process of filmmaking. Students prepare and work on various creative projects that will require ofthem performance, script writing, camera work, lighting, editing and digital manipulation. All projects stress a low-budget/ independent approach that attempts to create and capture a professional look. The class examines all aspects of filmmaking fromthe generating of ideas, conceptualization of a story, visualizing story, pre-production, shooting style, production, audio manipulations, editing, digital formats to presentation. Students work on group projects where group dynamics of production is closely observedand studied.