Video Production / CTE Classes
The Global Media Studies Magnet is an Arts, Media and Entertainment Career Technical Education (CTE) industry sector pathway.
According to LAUSD, “Of all the career industries, the Arts, Media, and Entertainment Sector requires perhaps the greatest cross-disciplinary interaction and development because the work in this sector has a propensity to be largely project-based, requiring uniquely independent work and self-management career skills."
In addition, "The foundation and pathway standards make explicit the appropriate knowledge, skills, and practical experience students should have to pursue their chosen profession through whatever course of post-secondary, collegiate, and graduate training or apprenticeship it may require.”
The following video production classes are an integral part of GMS Magnet:
Grade 9, Video Production 1 A/B
Grade 10, Video Production 2 A/B
Grade 11, Video Production 3 A/B
Grade 12, Film Production
Video Production 1, 2, and 3 are a sequence of elective courses that are approved for California’s A-G credit by the UC system.
Delivering The Message - Fundamentals of Video Production - Level One
The major emphasis of this course is for students to learn various aspects of Videography and Visual
Communication techniques, connecting to the knowledge and skills introduced in their core
curriculum, particularly in English (ELA). This course prepares students to be cogent communicators
in their project-based work, to gain an understanding of the technical skills associated with
Videography - sound design, mixing, editing - to train on and use professional grade equipment and
to enrich their analytical skills as they become more discerning and self-critical. Students focus on the
fundamentals of visual communication as they view and discuss various types of media pieces from
blockbuster films to Fox News reports to YouTube clips, performing comparative analysis on media
projects from different cultures and times. The ultimate goal of the class is the optimal enrichment
and empowerment of the student towards both their career and academic goals. Linked Learning and
advanced Project-Based opportunities exist between this course and courses in ELA, Social Science
and Science. The content of this course is aligned with the Arts, Media and Entertainment Standards
and California high school academic core content area standards.
Refining The Message - Fundamentals of Video Production - Level Two
This course builds on its Level One precursor “Delivering The Message” to deepen and refine the
skills, experience, understanding and vocabulary that were introduced in that curriculum while
training students to take on supervisory roles on their media projects.
Level One required students to build on theories familiar from core classes, particularly English 9A,
and hone them through the creation of media projects. Level Two drills down within each of the topics
introduced in Level One to provide more detail, technical information and contextual knowledge,
helping students recognize the process of media creation as interdisciplinary and ongoing.
The course supports academic state standards in Social Studies, Math and the Sciences and Common
Core State Standards for secondary English Language Arts. At the same time, the sequence of lessons
in “Refining The Message” is inspired by the project-based workflow students will engage in after
school, regardless of their chosen career path.
Students improve their analytical skills through a rigorous Linked Learning approach, drawing
connections between literary concepts, styles and media itself, in order to create work that is current
and relevant. As they plan, design, shoot, edit, distribute and exhibit their work, they learn about
standards of professional performance and the protocols for success in a group-based environment.
Students develop artistically and intellectually, as they face aesthetic and logistical challenges. They
continue to develop the speaking, reading, writing and quantitative and qualitative problem-solving
skills they have learned during their core classes and that they will use throughout their careers.
The Independent Message - Fundamentals of Video Production - Level Three
This final course in the Fundamentals of Video Production series allows students to utilize
skills learned in Levels One and Two, continuing their exploration of the written, visual,
aural, and electronic skills of video production, deepening their experience by focusing on
one particular discipline (producing, directing, editing, etc.). Students design an
independent project, forming production teams within the class, and work outside of school
to produce the project which they analyze, critique and rework in class.
The class channels student-driven inquiry as students complete research projects within
their disciplines. Students also research universities, training and advanced certification
programs (e.g. Final Cut Pro, Avid, Photoshop, etc.) to help them progress through their
Additionally, they acquire knowledge about the business side of the industry that helps them
formulate marketing and exhibition plans for their own projects, which will be submitted to
film festivals, contests and posted online. They develop the tools needed to pursue their
careers – resumes, demo reels and portfolios. The final project for the class is a film
festival of their work.
Class structure allows for flexibility. Student crews design their own schedules for
production to support pursuit of internships and job shadowing opportunities.
**NOTE – Video Production 3 is an articulating class with Los Angeles Valley College.