Introduction to Careers in Arts, A/V Technology, and Communications

This introductory course provides comprehensive information on five separate areas of arts and communications as potential educational and career pathways. Students who are interested in careers across a broad spectrum of professional positions, including fine artist, telecommunications administrator, magazine editor, broadcast journalist, or computer graphics artist, will gain useful perspective on industry terminology, technology, work environment, job outlook, and guiding principles.

Each of the five units covers a specific area within its two chapters. Unit 1 focuses on audiovisual (A/V) technology in film, the arts, and businesses such as advertising. Students learn about job opportunities in a variety of settings and the training programs, degrees, and experience they may need to qualify for them. Unit 2 covers the performing arts, including careers both on and offstage. Unit 3 examines the exciting field of visual arts in depth, with discussions of artistic design principles, animation design, the work and training of multimedia artists, and developments in the burgeoning field of special effects and animation in studios worldwide. Unit 4 enters the world of printing technology and print publishing, including digital media. Students study technological evolution and advancements in printing since the invention of paper. A timeline of (predominantly U.S.) journalism gives students a glimpse into magazine editing, digital printing technology, broadcast journalism, and the legal and ethical issues of news reporting today. Finally, in unit 5, students examine the telecommunications industry and learn more about careers in networking, phone technology, and communications and the training or certification needed for various specific positions.Objectives

  • Analyze the impact of the news media on society.
  • Discuss the job responsibilities of various careers within the performing arts.
  • Analyze the principles of animation and how and why imagery moves on the screen.
  • Describe various A/V technology careers and their job requirements.
  • Analyze various careers in printing technology, including educational and training requirements.
  • Argue how art history influences modern visual arts.
  • Outline the principles of design and assess their influence in all aspects of the visual arts.
  • Demonstrate technical skills and the use of various equipment and tools used in audio/video production.
  • Demonstrate the importance of mastering software tools used in digital art.
  • Describe how art directors differ from fine artists.
  • Describe key positions in film production and explain the duties and responsibilities of each position.
  • Evaluate the influence of digital technology on the work of visual artists.
  • Evaluate the economic outlook of careers in A/V technology and film.
  • Examine the career opportunities and requirements in performing arts.
  • Examine the educational requirements of various careers in A/V technology in film.
  • Examine the interdependent relationship between editorial and technical elements in the news media.
  • Explain skills needed to operate equipment and tools used in technical positions.
  • Explain the dynamics of art created by collaborative teams compared to that of an individual multimedia artist.
  • Explore career pathways in the production and distribution of media.
  • Identify careers in fine arts and how to supplement income with artistic skills.
  • Summarize the effects of technological advances on the news media and the communications industry.
  • Summarize features of transmission lines and network connectivity.

As this course targets students interested in potential careers in the arts, some artistic ability or experience is assumed. However, there are many technical and writing careers presented in this course as well, so the course offers a wealth of information for all students interested in working in arts management, in printing publishing, in news, and in communications fields (such as advertising, marketing, or sales, and in telecommunications).Most of the careers and professional fields outlined in this course stress the need to understand terminology, the roles of others, and the importance of working as a team. Students need to consider interpersonal skills and should be able to discuss or consider workplace issues, including ethical and legal responsibilities, when working with others. Combining training and work experience during post‐secondary education is a winning pathway in many of the careers evaluated. The course explores viable options and gives students opportunities to research specifics for their own plans.Students need an aptitude for independent research, creative and critical thinking skills, and the ability to understand technical vocabulary and procedures at a foundational level.

State: National, California, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Arts, A/V, Technology & Communications
Course Length: Semester