Academy for Multimedia

  • Picasso said "learn the roles like a pro so you can break them like an artist." In the Academy for Multimedia, students explore a variety of mediums (film, photography, stop-motion animation, graphic design, digital art, 2D animation, site-specific art, mixed media, production management, lighting design, screenwriting, sound design and composition), concepts and technical programs to develop their skills and toolkits. Students evolve their career ready practices through independent and collaborative projects, participating in productions (as both cast & crew) and through guest artist workshops with industry professionals. It is highly encouraged that students also minor in Drama to complement their multimedia studies. 

      

    Upcoming Multimedia Nights (film screening & gallery show)

    January 17, 2020 at 7pm // MCST

    May 29, 2020 at 8pm // MCST

     

    May 2019 Media Night

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Academy Teacher

Mrs. Brianna O'Halloran

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Mrs. Brianna O'Halloran

Brianna O'Halloran graduated as a Dance Major from MCST many moons ago. She went on to study dance and dance film at Bennington College, where she discovered her love of filmmaking and animation. At Bennington College, Brianna leapt into her video studies. By manipulating the mediums she was comfortable with, such as dance, costume, and lighting, and studying them further, she discovered that her imaginative visions could best be articulated through animation. Animation allowed her the freedom to bring to life the magical worlds she once created as a young girl with her dolls and enabled her to establish her imagination via film and performance. She understands that the core of any freedom is knowledge and knows the importance of learning about the history of the arts she loves. Mrs. O'Halloran recieved her BA in Visual Arts concentrating in Experimental Animation and Dance Film. 

After graduation and a short stint as an art teacher, Brianna founded B. RUTH CREATIVE, a creative consulting company, and has since participated in many exciting projects. Brianna’s time as a Terrytoons animation archivist gave her the privilege of holding film cells in her gloved hands, allowing her to explore root methods in animation and to be inspired by the magic in each frame. And while imaginative worlds are paramount to Brianna, she has learned much immersed in the reality of the documentary 40 Weeks as its Assistant Director. As she followed families during their 40 weeks of pregnancy, Brianna understood more fully that, while creative ideas give life to a project, it is the day-to-day work of film that allows an idea to grow and develop. 

Upon completion of 40 Weeks, Brianna expanded B. RUTH CREATIVE. Brianna's exploration as a visual storyteller continues as she collaborates with fellow artists and works with new brands and companies. Her dream of being able to do what she loves and work with a variety of clients came true. Past clients include: Rosa Clará Bridal, Global Fund for Women, Big Belli, Robot Fondue, Hoboken Chiropractic + Wellness, Parkman Sunglasses, pas de deux Bridal, FemmeGod, Fortunate Bones, Country Fusion, Shine Yoga Studio, Sierra Noble, Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater and more. 

During this time, Brianna returned to her alma matter at MCST as the Dance Film Guest Artist. Halls of Ivy, a dance film created by the Academy for Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Dance Class of 2018, was selected as the winning Capturing Motion NYC film at the 45th Annual Dance on Camera Festival at Lincoln Center. As the winning film, Halls of Ivy was screened at the Walter Reade Theater with the Experimental Shorts Program on February 7, 2017. This experience forged a path of educating the next generation of artists and ultimately, lead her to becoming the Multimedia Program Director at MCST. 

Mrs. O'Halloran is thrilled to be guiding and teaching Multimedia students, providing them the same opportunity she cherished during her high school education: to grow, learn, explore and make work in an environment that fosters creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking. 


Student Awards & Achievements

Career Field - Multimedia

  • Career Pathways in Multimedia (include but are not limited to):

    Audio and Video Technology and Film: Video Systems Technicians ♦ Video Graphics, Special Effects, and Animation ♦ Audio-Video Designers and Engineerss ♦ Audio Systems Technicians

    Performing Arts: ♦ Production Managers, Digital, Video, Stage ♦ Cinematographers, Film/Video Editors ♦ Dancers ♦ Play Writers, Screen Writers, Screen Editors, Script Writers ♦  Make-Up Artists and Costume Designers ♦ Stagecraft Designers, Lighters, Sets, Sound Effects, Acoustics, Painters ♦ Composers, Conductors, and Music Instructors

    Visual Arts: ♦ Commercial Photographers, Digital, Still, Video, Film 

    Journalism and Broadcasting: ♦ Audio/Video Operations, Control Room Technician  ♦ Publishers, Editors, and Journalists and Reporters, Print, Broadcast, Other ♦ Broadcast Technicians

     

    2017-2018 Seniors in the Academy for Multimedia completed internships with (including but not limited to):

    Mayo Performing Arts Center, Rhino Theatre, Soul Search Records, Pequannock Theater Camp, Aspire Performing Arts Company, Nouri Groups LLC, Portrait Artistry by Linda Marie, The Growing Stage, Jefferson Highlights Television, Stop My Crisis/Princeton TV, Fine Arts Connection, Radburn Drama Club, Bickford Theatre, Chester Theatre Group, Mendham TV, Stop My Crisis with Vivian Gaspar, Red Planet Films LLC

     

Academy Course of Study

  • 9th Grade

    Academy: Multi-Medium Foundations

    The Arts, A/V Technology & Communications Career Cluster includes occupations and careers in designing, directing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, publishing multimedia content, including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment serves. Multi-Medium Foundations, the first-year course for Multimedia majors, introduces students to the elements and principles of visual design and the tools and techniques needed to create a variety of projects. In this introductory course, students explore the roots of a variety of art mediums and the technical programs that give artists the tools they need to create. They learn the aesthetic/creative and technical aspects of the art form in a supportive and collaborative environment that promotes cooperation, mutual respect, personal creativity and technical learning.

    By the end of this course, students will master the fundamental base skills of working with mixed media materials and technology including: cameras, lights, sound, Adobe Creative Cloud programs (Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop) and Soundtrap/Soundation music software. Creative projects, workplace simulations, work-based learning trips and master classes with guest artists and industry specialists provide opportunities to explore possible career pathways in the arts and production.

    Throughout their Multimedia careers, students are expected and encouraged to develop their own artistic voice and vision, master the tools and techniques of their intended profession, manage their time and materials efficiently, collaborate with directors, designers, co-workers, and clients, as an effective, supportive, enthusiastic member of their VPA arts community and production company. In Multi-Medium Foundations, students begin to discover and express their personal vision and find their own voices as digital artists, mixed media artists, cinematographers, editors, motion graphics specialists, sound designers, lighting designers, production managers, and more. Students will begin to build a portfolio of work for future use.

    Core Courses:

    • English 9*
    • Algebra I, Geometry* or Algebra II*
    • Biology*
    • Health and Physical Education 9
    • World History*
    • World Language
    • Financial Literacy

    *Honors courses available and determined by placement testing upon acceptance to MCST

     


    10th Grade

    Academy: Sight, Sound & Storytelling

    The Arts, A/V Technology & Communications Career Cluster includes occupations and careers in designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content, including visual and performing arts and design, journalism and entertainment services. Students gain experience and proficiency through projects, workplace simulations, master classes with guest artists and industry specialists and work-based learning trips. They learn the aesthetic/creative and technical aspects of a variety of art forms (sound, storytelling, documentary, abstract & narrative filmmaking, photography) in a supportive environment that promotes cooperation, mutual respect, personal creativity and technical learning.

    Students express their personal vision and find their own voices as artists as they explore using their voices across different art mediums. Students discover that the art of storytelling involves not only operating technology programs and equipment but also solving visual, dramatic, technical and aesthetic problems to develop characters and mood, affect audience response and maintain narrative interest and unique perspectives. Throughout their Multimedia studies, students are expected and encouraged to develop their own artistic voice and vision, master the tools and techniques of their intended profession, manage their time and materials efficiently, and work as an effective, supportive, enthusiastic member of their art community.

    By the end of Sight, Sound & Storytelling, students are able to analyze the structure and aesthetic attributes of digital media by professionals and peers, use camera/lighting/sound recording equipment safely and competently, understand the fundamentals of screenwriting, directing & editing, and develop technical and artistic skills needed to pursue occupational pathways in the film/video/creative art industry. Each students adds additional, more significant work, pieces to his/her multimedia portfolio, used for internship search and college applications junior and senior year.

    Core Courses:

    • English 10*
    • Geometry*, Algebra II* or Pre-Calculus*
    • Chemistry*
    • Health and Physical Education 10
    • US History I*
    • World Language
    • VPA Elective

    *Honors courses available and determined by grades and teacher recommendation

     


     11th Grade

    Academy: Media Studies & Exploration 

    The Arts, A/V Technology & Communications Career Cluster includes occupations and careers in designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content, including visual and performing arts and design, journalism and entertainment services. Students gain experience and proficiency through projects, workplace simulations, master classes with guest artists and industry specialists and work-based learning trips. They continue to learn about aesthetic/creative and technical aspects of digital media and art in a supportive environment that promotes cooperation, mutual respect, personal creativity and technical learning.

    The course of Media Studies & Exploration emphasizes several interrelated approaches to the study of media: multidisciplinary perspectives derived from the arts, humanities, and social and natural sciences; the historical study of various forms of communication and the representation of knowledge; theoretical and critical inquiry into how media shape our understandings of reality; the dynamic interrelationship of media industries, policies, publics, cultural texts, and communications technologies; examination of global media, including non-Western, indigenous, and oppositional media forms and practices; and practical work in media production and the use of media technologies. A central goal of the program is that all majors develop familiarity with the breadth of these approaches.

    Media Studies encourages the understanding and critical evaluation of new and old media technologies; the centrality of media in politics, economics, social life, and global and local culture; and the contemporary and historical impact of media on individuals and societies. "Media" includes all forms of representational media (oral/aural, written, visual), mass media (print, television, radio, film), new media (digital multimedia, the Internet, networked media), their associated technologies, and the social and cultural institutions that enable them and are defined by them.

    Multimedia students are expected and encouraged to develop their own artistic voice and vision, master the tools and techniques of their intended profession, manage their time and materials efficiently, and work as an effective, supportive, enthusiastic member of the MCST arts community. Throughout Media Studies & Exploration, students hone their individual voices as artists and dive deeper into project-based independent study in an area of special interest related to their collage and/or career plans. As a result, students will create complex, challenging design pieces and further develop and refine their individual portfolios.

    Core Courses:

    • English 11*
    • Algebra II*, Pre-Calculus*, AP Calculus
    • Physics*
    • Health and Physical Education 10
    • US History II*
    • World Language
    • Elective

    *Honors courses available and determined by grades and teacher recommendation

     


    12th Grade at MCST

    Career and Technical Education (Academy):

    • Career and Technical Education Elective (i.e. Virtual Enterprises International, Computer Science Principles, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles)
    • Senior Capstone
    • OR CCM for Academy coursework

    Structured Learning Experience (Graduation Requirement):

    • All Seniors must complete 120 hours of an approved internship in their respective career field.

    Core Courses: 

    • English 12* (required)
    • Health and Physical Education 12 (required)
    • AP Calculus, Statistics, Foundations of College Math
    • Environmental Science, Anatomy and Physiology I
    • World Language*

    *Honors courses available and determined by grades and teacher recommendation

     


    12th Grade at County College of Morris

    Eligible Seniors may complete their Senior coursework in full or in part at County College of Morris. See School Counseling Department for more information.

    Required Courses:

    FALL

    • English Composition I (ENG111)
    • Lifetime Wellness (HED128) or PE (labeled HES)
    • Academy Course (1)

    MED 113 Multimedia II
    MED 210 Digital Video Editing
    CMP 108 Game Design Concepts
    PHO 115 Photography I
    COM 104 Interpersonal Communications
    COM 109 Speech Fundamentals
    CMP126 Computer Applications (all but CIS students)
    CMP128 Computer Science 1 (all but CIS students)
    BUS 112 Introduction to Business (all but FIB students)
    ACC 110 Elements of Accounting (all but FIB students)

    SPRING

    • English Composition II (ENG112)
    • PE or Lifetime Wellness (whichever was not taken in the Fall)
    • Academy Course (1) (see above list)

    *See Guidance (School Counseling) Department for additional information on CCM courses

    Structured Learning Experience

    • All Seniors must complete 120 hours of an approved internship in their respective career field.

     

Academy Video - Class of 2019