The RHS Communication Arts Program maintains an inspiring, challenging environment wherein students find their voices and sharpen their abilities to express stories through the Internet, print, radio, TV, video and film. Developing skills dexterity must be only the starting point for students maturing in a world made flat through technology and globalism. As the apprentice first masters, the prescribed skills and then advances as journeyman to master he or she revolutionizes the craft by advancing new techniques. At each level, students persistently sharpen their storytelling foci. This adeptness, coupled with
pioneering technical proficiency, consistently offers RHS students a distinct competitive advantage in competitions and admissions to selective post-secondary colleges, universities and careers.
YEAR 1 examines the roles of history, ethics, economics and propaganda in
mass media; surveys the organizational basics of scripting, story-boarding and
narrative development via audio and visual media; practices camera composition and
movement with the year-end project, a chase in silent-movie format.
YEAR 2 expands study of the history, economics and ethical questions involving
the digital and interactive multi-media industry; increases proficient use of audio
and video equipment, e.g., cameras, video editors, soundboards and studio equipment;
gains access to production software in a Power Mac G-5 computer lab employing
Snow Leopard (newest Apple operating system), Adobe PhotoShop and Adobe
Premiere; creates basic animation with Adobe Flash; generates sports highlights
shows, public service announcements, advertising campaigns and producer's
reels using linear and non-linear editing equipment; produces in the spring a "Group
Inde" with storyboarding, directing, locations scouting, shooting/editing with Final Cut Pro.
YEAR 3 moves into full production, researching, writing, shooting, directing,
editing and reporting all stories on the Eagle Eye News; employs the Tri Caster
Broadcast System and the Panasonic MX-70 Switcher to support live-to-tape,
audio-video broadcasts for the entire campus and live, remote shoots of RHS
home football games and other remote productions; explores the art of movies
and cinematography through a series of 15-second movie shorts and a timeperiod
piece; produces a music video for a professional band using more complex
production gear, e.g, Sony HD and Canon HD cameras;
utilizes 22-inch Macs to add functionality in the editing process; Sophomores, juniors,
and Seniors participates in RHS's annual Weekend/ Class vs. Class
Video Race, a filmmaking competition in
which RHS Magnet students compete against each other in a modified 48 hour race;
RHS students compete in local and national events,
in which RHS students have consistently commanded leading scores.
YEAR 4 works with greatest independence and responsibility, exploring areas of
interest; uses the best departmental equipment, e.g., Canon D-60's and Mark II DSLR cameras and newly
added mini HD cameras; graduates to our highest powered software, Adobe
After Effects and AVID; fully develops independent works with time and freedom in a practicum
environment, e.g., writing scripts, shooting footage and editing students' own video
and movies; becomes more focused in specializations, some students even
branching into web-based applications, as college and university searches begin;
compiles portfolios for post-secondary studies and careers. Seniors in the
final course may opt for dual-credit or internships with Metroplex businesses.