409 Studios: Courses
Photography. Grades 9-12- 1 Semester Elective. This course is offered in the fall semester. In this course students will learn how to use DSLR cameras and are expected to seve as the primary photographers for all Covington High events. Students will be taught how to edit images using Adobe Photoshop. Attendance to multiple events outside of school hours is required, though students can choose which events to attend.
Advanced Photography. Grades 9-12- 1 Semester Elective. This course is offered in the spring semester. Advanced Photography is the continuation of the fall Photography class. Additional emphasis is placed on Photoshop but otherwise the format is the same as the fall semester.
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 Multimedia Productions and Digital Media I. Because of this, it is highly recommended to enroll in Multimedia Productions in your sophomore or junior year in order to have the time to complete the certification. Read more about the certification below.
Multimedia Productions. Grades 9-12- 1 year elective. Teacher approval is required. 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.
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 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.. Digital Media I is not a pre-requisite, and both classes may be taken together during the same academic year if desired. This course covers the second year of Avid Media Composer user certification (MC 110).
Digital Graphics and Animation. Grade 11-12- 1 year elective. Pre-Requisites: Multimedia Productions, teacher approval. Digital Graphics and Animation is a self-paced study of Adobe After Effects, the program that does special effects and animations. Projects will involve supporting videos created for the jumbotron and sunset dinner (Digital Media I and II). Digital Graphics and Animation is taught during the same class periods as Digital Media I and II.
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.