Media Arts

The Media Arts Program at BRAA will provide students with a wide range of choices including but not limited to Animation Studies, Film & Video and Photography.

The technologies and processes within these disciplines may also be digital: computer software, digital imaging and graphics, digital sound recording and sonic sculpture, two- and three-dimensional animation, multimedia production, holography, and web page design.

Four organizing principles guide the creation of media art works as laid out in the Ministry of Education curriculum guidelines support the creation of media art works:

  • Hybridization involves innovative ways of combining art disciplines to create what can be called “hybrid” forms of art.
  • Duration explores the nature of time and how its perception can be manipulated and presented.
  • Interactivityinvolves viewer participation and includes artforms such as interactive installations, performance art, gaming environments, and web-based art.
  • Point of view can be expressed both conceptually – revealing, for example, the artist’s political perspective – and physically through perspective.

Through media arts investigations, students will gain the opportunity to reflect on the social, cultural, and historical contexts of media art, which enhances their understanding of the world in which they live. Throughout this process BRAA is committed to providing our students with master class opportunities to work with local industry artists. As our program grows, students of the BRAA Media Arts program will be given opportunities to intensify their study through courses in Directing for Film, Photography Portfolio Development, and Animation studies courses.

At BRAA we are preparing students for portfolio preparation for Sheridan College, Conestoga College, O.C.A.D and many other post-secondary institutions to continue their study of the arts and expand opportunities within the community and the professional world of Media Arts.

Animation Studies

This course is unique to Burlington Royal Arts Academy. We are one of the few educational institutions in the province of Ontario that offers credit programming for animation as supported through the Ministry of Education Curriculum documents.

Animation Studies will introduce the design fundamentals and the basic principles of animation. Students will be exploring new media, and working in different platforms, environments, such as traditional, clay, or digital mediums. Basic animation principles will be demonstrated by creating content that utilizes the functions of 2D animation software and associated technologies. Understanding the history of early cinematic techniques will be explored. Students will develop the skills necessary to create and interpret media artwork, explore a variety of traditional and emerging technologies, tools, and techniques, and use of the animation foundation for their further studies.

An understanding of animation terminology, its processes, techniques and time management will all be incorporated into rich tasks. Through this artistic journey, students will be mentored through the processes of conceptual story design and translating creative and imaginative ideas into concrete applications. By the end of the course students will be expected to present ideas clearly and professionally to a target audience.

Specific emphasis will be placed on preparing students for portfolio applications to post-secondary animation programs.


The Photography program at BRAA teaches the students the essential difference between Looking and Seeing. It stresses the importance of developing an Eye and being involved in the process of creating a visual. This is achieved through an initial segregation of the medium into its Visual and Technical components. Students work towards the synthesis of the components through sustained individual exercises that explore each aspect of photography.

This hands-on program also inculcates critical thinking and reflection and hones the student’s inherent artistic sensibility. The visual component breaks down photographic composition through exercises built around the Elements and Principles of Design and learning to communicate visually. Of course, personal expression is always encouraged through an exploration of context and culture.

Spread across various tiers of learning from Grade 10-12, our photography program turns out confident young photographers and allows an easy assimilation into post-secondary pathways.

Film and Video

This program introduces students to film and video as an expressive artistic medium. Through chosen themes, students discover how it is possible to create a moving image from still pictures and how to manipulate both image and sound to communicate powerful ideas, feelings and self-expressive messages. The course of study includes a survey of historical moving picture viewing devices and key figures responsible for the evolution of the artistic, scientific and technological development of this medium. Further exploration involves an analysis of film clips and music videos to determine how scenes are constructed.

Technology is a key component of this course. Students will understand how sound and editing impact the mood and pace of a film. They will be introduced to equipment and software that allows them to manipulate their work to produce an artistic result. Lastly, students will research and analyze different genres of film as they consolidate their learning by fully using the creative and critical processes to showcase their mastery of skill and knowledge. Wherever possible, cross-curricular opportunities will allow for our film and video students to work with students of dance, drama, music and visual arts in the creation of their original works.

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