Sophomores storm English for Media Arts pathway – Scot Scoop News


This is a typical transition period; some students linger and chat while others walk briskly to their next destinations. Many of these students walk to their English classes, which are at the regular, honors, or AP level.

However, this year many sophomores will be heading in a different direction and earning their high school English credits through a new venture.

The 2016-2017 school year marks the first year that a Media Arts Pathway is offered to tenth grade students.

According to Carlmont’s official website, the curriculum for the Media Arts Studies class is similar to traditional English courses at Carlmont, but goes deeper into expressive writing, ethics, legal issues, and historical implications. This focus can create a body of students who are better prepared to handle journalism or the high school yearbook while meeting the goals of a common English class.

“I’m usually English, so I thought taking media arts would be a great opportunity to explore a new element of the subject,” said sophomore Nastasja Stahl. “I want to learn the basics of journalism. Who knows, this might be a new career path I want to focus on later.

Additionally, students in this track are encouraged to take a computer graphics course to gain additional knowledge about graphic design as well as different software.

Some students, like sophomore Talia Fine, chose to learn about software by mixing the media arts route with computer science.

“I really think that taking computer classes will improve my computer skills and that my media arts class will help me learn more about journalism. Those two things are definitely going to help me in the world of work and in life in general,” Fine said.

Regardless of the combination of classes in their schedules, many students in the three new media arts classes are excited to learn and possibly publish their writing next semester.

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