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About the Arts, Media, & Entertainment Industry Sector:

Of all career industries, the Arts, Media, and Entertainment (AME) sector requires perhaps the greatest cross-disciplinary interaction. The work in the sector has a propensity to be largely project-based, requiring both independent work and interdependent management skills for career success. New technologies are also constantly reshaping the boundaries and skill set of many arts career pathways. Consequently, core arts-sector occupations demand constantly varying combinations of artistic imagination, metaphoric representation, symbolic connections, and technical skills. Learning the skills and knowledge for creating, refining, and sharing work in the Arts, Media, and Entertainment industry sector promotes teamwork, communication, creative thinking, and decision-making abilities - traits that are necessary to function successfully in the competitive and media-rich twenty-first century. Through the manipulation of sight, sound, and motion, those choosing a pathway from this sector reach out in unique ways to enhance the quality of life for those around them.

Impact of Arts, Media & Entertainment:

According to California statistics AME programs build on traditional arts programs to include a comprehensive career readiness component. In 2019, the sector has grown to serve 231,000 students and is the largest CTE sector in the state of California.

Pathway Highlights:

  • Provide students with hands-on experience using the same tools, software, and processes used in the professional world.

  • Students can learn what it takes to work in front of the camera or live audience, or behind the scenes with a crew and equipment helping create the production.

  • These classes can bring your imagination to life through digital creations in Design, Photography, and 3D Animation.

  • Students can gain insight into future career opportunities.

  • Fun group projects with classmate.

UC A-G Credit:

All of the Arts, Media and Entertainment classes meet the A-G University of California's list of required courses for college admission.

Certifications:

Many of our CTE pathways offer industry recognized certifications that can be added to a student's portfolio. Certifications offered from the AME Pathways vary between each high school, but can include Adobe Certified in Professional Photoshop, and DaVinci resolve Certificate of Achievement.

Articulations:

CTE Transitions (formerly known as Articulations) program offers high school students the opportunity to jump-start college by earning college credit while still in high school. High school students have the opportunity to earn college credit and high school credit simultaneously for certain articulated courses with Modesto Junior College. These courses are governed by an agreement between Modesto Junior College and Modesto City Schools which ensures use of like curriculum and exams. Students earn college credit upon passing the end of course examination.

Activities:

AME pathway students have lots of opportunity for group projects that require students to work together during and outside of class time, creating life-long friendships. Additional activities vary between high school sites but can include field trips, competitions, and school events.

How to Apply:

If a student is already enrolled at an MCS High School, they will need to let their counselor know that they would like to be a part of the AME pathways; and ballot for one or more of the AME pathway classes.

All 8th grade students will need to ballot for the AME pathway classes that are offered at their particular high school.

If a student is an 8th, 9th, or 10th grader attending a school in a different high school boundary in Modesto, you can request an intradistrict transfer from your home high school; or pursue open enrollment. If you’re an 8th, 9th, or 10th grader attending a school outside of Modesto City Schools, you can request an interdistrict transfer from your home high school’s district office. For more information on the IDT process; Open Enrollment; or for an IDT application, click here.

If you are interested in any of the following pathways and want to know what high schools offer them click here:

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Here is more information about the Arts, Media & Entertainment Pathways available at each high school:

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Downey High School

Imaginarium - A Thomas Downey High School Award Winning Animation created by students.

Design, Visual, & Media Arts

Horizon - A Thomas Downey High School Award Winning Animation created by students.

3D Computer Graphics & Animation

Contact: Heath Grant

DSLR Photography, Graphic Design II & III

Contact: Tim Vesey

Desktop Publishing & Photo Journalism

Contact: Rene Guevara

Students perform a fun dance at lunch with their own hand painted masks.

Performing Arts

Professional Theatre

Professional Theatre, Theatre & Stage Technology

Video Arts and Production

Production & Managerial Arts

Video & Media Production, Video Arts & Production

Contact: Rene Guevara

Elliott Alternative Education Center

3D Computer Graphics & Animation

Design, Visual, & Media Arts

3D Computer Graphics & Animation

Enochs High School

Design, Visual, & Media Arts

DSLR Photography, Graphic Design II & III

Desktop Publishing & Photo Journalism

DSLR Photography

Contact: Neal Barlow

Production & Managerial Arts

Video Arts & Production, Video & Media Production

Contact: Neal Barlow

Gregori High School

Design, Visual, & Media Arts

DSLR Photography

Contact: Jim McCarthy

Production & Managerial Arts

Multimedia Broadcasting

Contact: Jim McCarthy

Professional Theatre

Professional Theatre

Contact: Eric Fuentes

Johansen High School

Design, Visual, & Media Arts

DSLR Photography

3D Computer Graphics & Animation

Film/Video Production

Video Arts & Production

Professional Theatre

Professional Theatre

Modesto High School

Film/Video Production

Video Arts & Production

Contact: Jay Ho

performing-arts

Professional Theatre

Concepts of Visual Communication