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 Media Arts 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.
  • Interactivity involves 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

Following an excellent semester with Animation delivered as a high school credit, Burlington Royal Arts Academy is offering courses in this valuable Media Art to the community as an after-school program. It will continue to be a core part of our credit offerings from year to year.

Students will study the fundamentals of animation through a development of key skills in artistic techniques and a deeper integration of the latest software.

The complete suite of applications of Adobe Creative Cloud are complimentary to all of our students when studying with us, either in a full-time course or as part of our community-themed courses offered to the public.

Our Animation courses enable students to develop a varied portfolio as they prepare for commercial enterprises, university and college applications, as well as for personal satisfaction.

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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.