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Evan Hardy Collegiate
Inspiring Learning
The Course
The Saskatoon Public Schools' Media School Program is meant to be a unique educational experience, different from other educational experiences you have had. Here are some of the ways in which the program will be organized:
Course format
  • Five credits integrated
  • One semester in length (two classes per school year)
  • Five months
  • Grade 11
  • 24 students per term
No bells, No periods
If the class needs to spend all day understanding how lenses work and how focus can be used to tell a story, we will spend all day on that topic. We will structure our days as a group, taking into account the needs of the group and individuals.
World Problems
Most of what we do will center on figuring out how to solve the real world in video and film production. Some of these problems are technical (how to cope with fast changing light conditions), some artistic (how do you get a good performance out of amateur actors), and some are very general (how do you achieve the most, given the limitations you have to work under).
Resource-Based Learning
We will assemble as many web-based, print, media and human sources as possible so that students can draw on a wide variety of information as they search for solutions to the problems they have encountered.
For every activity, we will try to include as many components from the Communications Media, English Language Arts, and Physical Sciences curriculums as possible. There should be many opportunities for this integration.
Your video productions will be looked at carefully and respectfully by every member or your Media School class. For the past forty years, creative writers have used the workshopping process to respond to and improve writing. We will be taking a similar approach to our video productions.
Working Solo, Working in Groups
Students will have opportunities to work in groups and as a solo artist. When working in groups, students will take turns working in all different aspects of production. Finally, students will be asked to select and develop a specialization in one aspect of production that interests them.
Public Performance
We will encourage you to enter festivals, contests and submit your productions to series television programs, and broadcast networks. We will hold our own film festival to showcase the results of your work.
Both post-secondary film and television programs and prospective employees in the industry want to see what you have created. Each student will build a portfolio (often called a demo reel) of the work they have accomplished in Media School. This will serve as the basis for applications for further education or apprenticeships in the industry.
Real World Connections
To the extent that they are willing, we will invite in or visit as many individuals and facilities that are available in the local TV and film industry. Finally, we will contact PA Training Seminars & Saskatchewan Polytechnic to certify each student with the Set Safety and Set Protocol courses.