Multimedia Communications Academy

Digital Design Journalism

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The purpose of this program is to prepare students for employment in digital publishing positions, such as Information Technology Assistants, Production Assistants, Digital Assistant Designers, Graphic Designers, and Multi-Media Designers. It also prepares students for employment as writers and editors. This program provides a medium whereby the student will be given the opportunity for practical hands-on experiences that incorporate academic skills into a real life situation.

This program offers a sequence of courses that provides coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards and relevant technical knowledge and skills needed to prepare for further education and careers in the Arts, A/V Technology, and Communication career cluster; provides technical skill proficiency, and includes competency-based applied learning that contributes to the academic knowledge, higher-order reasoning and problem-solving skills, work attitudes, general employability skills, technical skills, and occupation-specific skills, and knowledge of all aspects of the Arts, A/V Technology and Communication career cluster.

The content includes but is not limited to opportunities that enhance practical experiences in computer generated art and text, graphic design, graphic production, electronic design skills, preparation of electronic layouts and illustrations, and electronic scanning; and development of specialized skills in multimedia presentations.

MCA has a journalism/marketing approach to its courses. As such, Digital Design students create content for two publications: The Highlander yearbook, and Bagpipe, online news magazine. Students who take the courses help complete interviews, write copy, do investigative reporting on campus and in the community, learn about news and print ethics, copyright laws and journalism principles. Students become versed in digital photography, design, writing and editing throughout the course of Digital Design I, working toward editing positions in their sophomore through senior years in the program. The publications are completely student driven, with Ms. Marmon serving as teacher and advisor of both publications.

  • Program affiliations: FSPA, JEA, and SIPA.
  • Program Certifications: InDesign CC, Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC. Senior year portfolio required.
  • Scholarship/Competition Experience: FSPA, JEA, SIPA and Columbia Journalism Workshops/Conferences
  • Credit: Honors credit awarded to levels 2, 3 and 4 students.
Year 1 English
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Digital Design 1
Year 2 English
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Digital Design 2
Year 3 English
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Digital Design 3
Year 4 English
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