Hi and welcome to The Austin High Media Arts Program! (AHMA)
AHMA is one of the most prestigious media arts programs in the country and has won numerous awards at the regional, state, and national level. Students are treated like adults and the focus is on learning the craft of storytelling and producing a product. It’s project based learning for real though! There aren’t even any grades! Instead, an emphasis is put on fun, creativity, and workplace skills.
It’s my goal to offer students a college level education that can prepare them to crew on a set directly after graduation or give them a head start if they decide to pursue film school or college.
AHMA offers a four year endorsement as well as a three year endorsement. Interested students are advised to begin the program in their Freshman year. Although I do accept sophomores as well, Juniors and Seniors are not allowed to take the introductory course, (AV PRODUCTION).
AHMA is part of the Career and Technical Education Department and puts an emphasis on workplace skills and industry standard equipment and software. Students can test for their Adobe Premiere Pro ACA Certification for free during their Senior year. We use Apple computers and shoot on Panasonic TM900’s, HMC 150’s and Canon 5D DSLR’s.
AHMA is part of the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Lab Program. Student Reporting Labs connect students with a network of public broadcasting mentors, an innovative journalism curriculum and an online collaborative space to develop digital media, critical thinking and communication skills while producing original news reports and documentaries
The program concentrates on short form narrative and documentary. KAHS News, (pronounced chaos) is the name of our weekly production that airs on Friday at KAHSNEWS.ORG. This program is produced by the JV and Varsity class on an alternating schedule giving each class two weeks to produce each show. Despite the name, KAHS News does not produce any news. The show is a mix of comedic shorts and mockumentaries.
AHMA’s brightest young students are invited to join AV Select. A team of 10 students from the first and second year classes who team up with or shadow older KAHS students on projects. They also meet once a month after school to learn advanced filmmaking skills and equipment not taught in the intro level classes. The team is taken on special field trips and produces contest entries together.
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