409 Studios: Courses
Photography I. Grades 9-12- 1 Year Elective. This course serves as an introduction to digital photography. Topics covered include camera settings and photo editing techniques. This class fulfills the fine arts requirement for graduation. Course is taught by Mrs. O'Connell.
Photography II. Grades 10-12- 1 Year Elective. This is the follow-up to Photography I. Students attend sports events and theatre productions, and also are the photographers for student portraits. Adobe Photoshop will be stressed heavily in class. Students will be required to do a significant amount of out-of-class work, some of which requires transportation.
One full year of photography counts for the fine arts requirement for graduation, as well as the fine arts requirement for TOPS.
Video Production Courses
Students interested in a career in film/video production should take Multimedia Productions by their sophomore year, in order to have time to take all three courses in this section. To become Avid Media Composer: User Certified (optional), students must take both Digital Media I and II. Because of this, it is highly recommended to enroll in Multimedia Productions in your freshman or sophomore year to begin learning about video creation. Read more about the certification below.
Multimedia Productions. Grades 9-12- 1 year elective. Students learn how to create digital multimedia presentations; includes video and sound editing. Projects include creating videos for the CHS website, including the pep rally and halftime show videos. Year results in a "video yearbook" where students create their own version of a digitized yearbook called the "Lion Pride DVD." After school work is required. Class intended for 9th and 10th graders.
Digital Media I. Grades 10-12- 1 year elective. Pre-Requisites: Multimedia Productions, teacher approval. The focus of this course is to produce jumbotron-related media, including advertisements and animations. Students will plan and design production sequences then use various forms of digital media to deliver the production on current computer-based authoring/multimedia software. Final projects are shown on the CHS website and the Jack Salter Stadium Video Scoreboard. This course also covers the first year of Avid Media Composer user certification (MC 101).
Digital Media II. Grade 12- 1 year elective. Pre-Requisites: Multimedia Productions, teacher approval. Digital Media II is focused on creating the video shown at the annual sunset dinner. Students may be involved in additional video-related projects, such as the senior "baby video" shown at senior celebration. This course covers the second year of Avid Media Composer user certification (MC 110).
Covington High School is one of only 20 high schools in the entire nation that offers students the opportunity to become Avid Media Composer: User Certified! In order to become certified, students must take and pass two exams: one covering the content taught in MC 101 (Multimedia Productions) and the second covering content taught in MC 110 (Digital Media I). Being User certified means you have proven your mastery of the industry-leading non-linear video editor, Avid Media Composer, and is the first part of becoming an Avid Professional. Read more about the benefits of being certified here.