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

career paths.

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.