The foundation for MCA’s Communication Arts program is set in the Lower School as we teach our students to hear God’s truths, know them personally, and share them effectively. We believe that our highest calling is to educate children for God’s glory and for kingdom furthering work and that equipping students to communicate effectively is necessary to a whole education.
In kindergarten through 5th grade, students learn to comfortably stand in front of their peers and present information in a clear manner. They understand how to observe presentations of peers and provide constructive feedback, as well as participate in robust class discussions, clearly share opinions, and communicate with respect. By learning and applying these skills first in an intimate classroom environment, students will build comfort and confidence as they move through the Communication Arts program at Metrolina, with the ultimate goal that they will Hear, Know, and Share.
Our Communication Arts program provides training for students to become thoughtful and effective storytellers. MCA offers students various classes (listed below) that train them to use written, verbal, and visual communication to create meaningful messages that impact their classmates, school community, and the world for the glory of God.
Our Middle School (Jr. WMCA) and High School (WMCA) news media students work collaboratively to relay school updates to students each Monday via a special newscast at lunch. Students plan, outline, film, and edit videos from start to finish. They use digital cameras and learn techniques to record quality video. Students learn basic video editing skills using video editing software. In the news media course, students will produce informational and opinion segments for the weekly newscast and other videos for special events such as chapel.
In our digital photography courses, students will learn basic concepts of digital photography, including understanding and use of the camera, lenses, and other basic photographic equipment. Student use DSLR cameras and learn techniques to capture quality images. Students will learn aesthetic principles as they relate to composition, space, exposure, light, and color. Students will learn basic photo editing skills using photo editing software and they will create a portfolio of their images. A well composed image can tell a story to the audience and students will have the opportunity to use photography as a means of visual and artistic expression.
In our yearbook course, students will be challenged with real world projects to investigate and capture special moments on campus. They are designated the task of organizing and laying out the Upper School yearbook. Students will work with various types of technology to produce a high quality publication. They apply computer skills and design principles to the production of yearbook pages and work as a team to meet deadlines. Students produce a timeless and creative publication which will record our school's memories, events, and community.