Creative Arts Programs

Our first-of-its-kind creative curriculum was designed from the ground up, with students' individualized development at the forefront of our strategy. We believe that the key to a successful education is working hands-on with the same tools used to create major motion pictures and TV shows under the guidance of working filmmakers, professional technicians, and business leaders. Rather than relegate our creative arts curriculum to an after school program or occasional elective, we place it at the core of our educational model in order to produce well-rounded, socially conscious, highly effective filmmakers. Each student will choose an area of focus to hone their skills in, emerging with a diverse portfolio created individually and in collaboration with peers.

Screenwriting for the Modern Era

The Screenwriting concentration will teach students the ins and outs of the complex, disciplined artform of scriptwriting. From understanding initial conceptualization, to character creation, story arc development, and formatting the three act structure, Screenwriting students will learn the fundamental steps required to take raw ideas and mold them into streamlined, cohesive scripts. Individual courses cover a variety of different formats from feature length films to short form content for streaming platforms or social media. Students will emerge from the program with a full arsenal of Screenwriting skills to jump into any project they choose.

“To make a great film you need three things – the script, the script and the script.”

– Alfred Hitchcock

Digital Directing

The Digital Directing concentration will quantify and teach the often ill-defined job of a director. Students who tend to take charge of group projects, have strong opinions, and can manage multiple tasks simultaneously will excel under the guidance of Hollywood professionals as they learn to steer the massive ship that is a film production. Students will learn to take a script and create a detailed production schedule, shot lists, and how to choose equipment. They will learn to interface with each department involved in the production of a film, as well as hire actors and other staff. Finally, students will be introduced to cutting edge software that allows Directors to take many of these processes into the virtual world, offering an even greater degree of control and pre-planning. Students will create a variety of short films and animations, as well as direct the Capstone Project during Senior Year.

“Create your own visual style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable to others.”

- Orson Welles

New Media Production

The New Media Production concentration will take students with no production background and train them to conceptualize, plan, create, and manage complex media productions from start to finish. Students will work extensively hands-on with physical cameras as well as the latest virtual world-creation softwares under the expert guidance of industry professionals. Over the course of their time in the New Media Production concentration, students will create a variety of complex original short films on their own and in collaboration with their peers in other disciplines. With a strong focus on both traditional production methods and the most cutting edge technology, this program will provide students the skill sets required to work on any project, practical or virtual.

If it can be written, or thought, it can be filmed.

- Stanley Kubrick

Post-Production / VFX

Editing is perhaps the most important part of filmmaking, and yet typically goes unnoticed by the general movie-going public. In the Post-Production / VFX concentration, students will learn to take raw footage and weave it into a seamless, well-paced finished product. From file organization to advanced cutting techniques, students will learn all of the tricks of the trade required to cut a professional grade project. As well as mastering the art of cutting together existing footage, students will learn to use state of the art computer programs to create intricate CGI effects to both mimic the real world, and create fantastic imagery that can only come from their own imagination. Students will work at our Wilshire campus as well as professional off-site Virtual Production facilities to get hands-on training with the tools of today and tomorrow under the guidance of industry professionals and pioneers.

“It’s the editor who orchestrates the rhythm of the images, and that is the rhythm of the dialogue, and of course the rhythm of the music. For me, the editor is like a musician, and often a composer.”

- Martin Scorcese

The Creative Capstone

Beginning in the second semester of junior year, ECA students will embark on three semesters of hands-on, project-based creative development. After completing two and a half years of the creative arts curriculum, ECA upperclassmen will transition to a new stage of their creative arts education which focuses on the practical application of learned concepts in collaborative, production-focused environments. Students will build upon their foundational knowledge of film and media through field exploration to deepen their functional understanding of real-world scenarios and on-set workings.

Prioritizing Knowledge AND Experience
The Creative Capstone aims to go beyond the average high school film and media elective by providing meaningful exposure to real-world applications, guided by industry professionals, in addition to hands-on learning. Students are positioned to not only apply what they learn in-class but also continue pursuing subjects of passion in-depth to expand their working knowledge and contribute to their surrounding creative communities. This process of experiential learning will be guided by our professional creative advisors, beginning with higher levels of oversight and then progressing to a mentor-mentee relationship as students become more technically experienced.

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