• Arts AV Tech Communication


    Designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment services.

    Courses available at Kodiak High School


    Beginning Photography

    Grade Level(s): 10-12 (Upper classmen given priority); Year-long course.
    Prerequisite(s): Requires commitment of leasing a Digital SLR camera from Kodiak High School. Students will be responsible for loss and/or damage. Course fee $30.Introduces the fundamentals, concepts and applications of digital imaging techniques, including basic digital camera fundamentals, enhancing images and creating images for use in print or on the web. Students will learn how to manipulate a Digital SLR camera, how to see and appreciate light in a new way and how to apply the skills that normally took place in a darkroom to a new modern "Digital Darkroom"...Adobe Photoshop/Lightroom. By course completion, the students should know how to make images important and powerful in their own right, rather than merely "taking pictures.”


    Advanced Photography

    Grade Level(s): 11-12; Year-long course
    Prerequisite(s): Beginning Photography; Teacher recommendation required. Students must lease a digital SLR camera from KHS. This course is repeatable for additional credit, but requires teacher approval. Course fee $30.
    This course in Digital Photography is designed to develop your skills in pixel based photographic design and printing. The dream of film-less photography has finally become a reality. Printers, inks and paper have evolved that are able to not only match traditional continuous tone photographic quality but can also extend traditional possibilities. Many darkroom activities are made easier and more powerful in the digital realm. Topics include manipulation of photographic images in a digital format, digital asset management, digital workflow, cropping, tone and color correction, selection techniques, masking, colorization, image enhancement and sharpening techniques.


    Audio/Video Production
    Grade Level(s): 11-12; Year Long
    Prerequisite(s): Multimedia CIOS, Photo or teacher recommendation This course is repeatable for additional credit, but requires teacher approval. Course fee $30.
    The Craft of Editing with Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe software. The emphasis of this class is hands on training to help you start editing at a professional level. Students will write scripts, create storyboards and program a/v clips for business, entertainment and educational purposes. The course also covers advanced post production techniques including but not limited to: Adobe After Effects (Special Effects/Compositing), Logic (Music/Sound Production) and Professional Outputs with Compressor/Media Composer/DVD Studio Pro/Encore. Students may work their way towards industry certification opportunities.


    Intro to Multimedia

    Grade Level(s): 10-12; First semester only
    Prerequisite(s): None. Course fee $30.
    This course is designed for students interested in careers in the Arts, Media and Entertainment industry sector. Students will be introduced to industry-standard tools, skills, and materials that they can manipulate as the primary means of creative expression. Students will explore basic applications of various multimedia tools to create visual, aural, and written projects in both digital and print format. A wide range of current hardware and software will be explored. Topics include the principles and elements of design, basic computer drawing, drawing with shape layers, creating custom brushes and patterns, advanced selecting and masking techniques, learning and utilizing photographic and illustrative techniques to execute projects appropriate for the graphic design industry. This first semester will serve as an introduction to the field of multimedia with a focus on the fundamentals of Graphic Design through the using of Adobe Photoshop and InDesign.



    Grade Level(s): 10-12; Second semester only
    Prerequisite(s): Intro to Multimedia (first semester).
    This second-semester course is a continuation of Introduction to Multimedia and will continue the focus of studies in graphic design. Semester 2 covers an introduction to executing vector-based illustration using Adobe Illustrator. Topics include navigation of the interface, the tools, drawing and manipulating basic objects, creating and manipulating type, drawing with the pen tool, applying color, using layers and an introduction to Adobe Flash software. Topics include the integration of graphics, text, audio and video into animated and interactive Web presentations. Students will use their creativity and skills to create and edit interactive multimedia presentations, digital images, sound, and movies, and will be introduced to animation and web pages. The knowledge and skills acquired in this class will enable students to successfully perform and interact in today’s technology-driven society. Students may work their way towards industry certification opportunities.


    Public Speaking and Communications

    Grade Level(s): 9-12; Semester course
    Prerequisite(s): None
    This course covers skills that students need as they leave high school and enter the workforce full time or part time, including interviewing; dealing with social media; and writing résumés, professional letters, and professional emails. It also covers public speaking skills so that students can speak to small groups and large groups of classmates and adults in a confident and professional manner.



    Grade Level(s): 10-12; Year-long course
    Prerequisite(s): Multimedia and/or photography strongly suggested. Application and interview required.
    This course is repeatable for additional credit, but requires teacher approval.
    This publication course produces the KHS Channel Light. Admission is by application and teacher approval. Students may specialize in layout, photography, business management, computer technology, advertising and sales, writing and editing or art. Skills in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign are very helpful. Students are selected on the basis of the capacity to work independently, creatively and responsibly. Interpersonal skills, technical skills, dedication and positive attitude are also important criteria used in the selection process. Staff must be prepared to put in time outside of the regular school day.