Multimedia Arts

Artistic Expression Through Visual and Digital Media

Burrell Arts visual and digital media programs foster individual exploration and artistic and innovative thinking. They are designed to give students the flexibility to adapt to situations relating to design and communication. Students develop their artistic skills by understanding fundamental principles and being able to incorporate them into meaningful and technically sound 2-D or 3-D works of art. Areas of study include: film/video production, animation and game design, graphic design, photography, drawing techniques and styles, color exploration, painting, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, and jewelry.

Students learn to grow and apply their strategic, creative and technical skills. They also learn how to strategize, plan, organize and manage different aspects of development and production in these different industries. Because real-world experience can be instrumental to career success students engage in independent productions throughout their development. Students with a wide range of backgrounds enter our program to learn and practice the foundations that will lead them towards personal style and innovation by their Senior year.

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film production

Admission Portfolio Criteria (HS only)Apply for the Film Production Program

Students: Are you always recording stories and taking videos with your friends on your phone? Do you see yourself as a visual storyteller? If yes, then major is for you!

Parents: Does your child enjoy creating videos, taking pictures or writing scripts? If so, our Video Production major is the place to start. We provide innovative pathways using cutting edge technology combined with instruction from industry leaders to engage their passion in learning. This major will lead to future video production opportunities and industry-standard certifications.

Our digital film production, at its core, is created to prepare students with the ins and outs of filmmaking. Film majors work independently and in teams with their peers to learn how to produce ideas from script to screen. They study a rigorous and hands-on curriculum to grasp the roles of sound, lighting, editing, and other aspects of creating a film. Students will learn how to use cutting-edge technologies to enhance stories through digital film productions.
From the start, all students will be working on professional shoots and learning the established techniques as well as the emerging technologies that will shape the future of film production. They will investigate the professional aspects of filmmaking holistically and practically. The course is based on the film industry and will provide the students with the knowledge and experience to create innovative film shorts, features, commercials, and documentaries.
Our digital film production program is designed for those who want to create innovative television programming and distribute it through a variety of platforms, including social media. Students will learn about various film production techniques and digital operations, including the use of media asset management systems, in the operations track.

Admission Portfolio Criteria (HS only)Apply for the Film Production Program
Young female graphic artist works on a design on the computer

digital arts: animation and game design

Admission Portfolio Criteria (HS only)Apply for the Digital Arts Program

Students: Are you always sketching new characters on random scraps of paper? Or perhaps thinking about a way better version of a game that you are playing online and thinking what if? Join us and turn your thoughts and imaginations into a reality!

Parents: We are seeking students who have an interest in animation and game design who want to spread their wings and expand their skills. Your creative learner will use current industry software and design tools to create animations and game designs while earning industry-required certifications.

The Animation/ Game Design major seeks students who share a love for digitally creating both 2D animations and 3D computer-generated animations through character design, layout, and story development for the game and other digital formats. It is a program that focuses on the process of creating motion and shape change illusions, as well as the art of applying design and aesthetics to animation and game development. It enables the creative and deliberate use of traditional and new media to represent ideas, issues, and messages to a wide range of audiences. Animation and Game Design will provide opportunities for students to not only develop their aesthetic and technical competence, but also to express creativity and conceptualize projects that integrate technology, arts, and media to address local and international issues through a collaborative, highly practical, and industry-driven approach. This curriculum will also prepare students for further studies or immediate entry into the labor force, whether through waged or entrepreneurial (self) employment, by providing goods or services on any feasible scale.

Admission Portfolio Criteria (HS only)Apply for the Digital Arts Program
Young male artist works on a painting

Visual Art

Admission Portfolio Criteria (HS only)Apply for the Visual Art Program

Students: Are you always creating with anything you can get your hands on? Do you dream of being a famous artist with masterpieces displayed in renowned galleries? If you thought yes, join us!

Parents: We are seeking students who want to explore traditional media like drawing, painting, sculpture while exploring new experimental media formats to create large scale work in 2D and 3D. Your learner will also earn an industry-standard certification.

The Visual Art major seeks students who are excited about learning to apply the elements and principles of design to two and three-dimensional problems with new and traditional media. It is a type of art that focuses on creating works that primarily use the visual environment to convey messages of emotion, ideas, or information. Fine art (painting, drawing, graphics, sculpture, architecture), decorative art (tapestry, ceramics, mosaic art, glass art, jewelry art), and contemporary art are the three main subfields of visual arts (artistic photography, art print, video art, animation, graffiti art). Similar disciplines include art and art history, graphic design, and cultural studies. Visual arts students typically have the opportunity to learn about visual expression culture, postmodernism, animation, art history, film, graphic design, photography, print media, and other topics.

Graduates will gain general competencies to investigate the artistic message expressed in visual language, as well as conduct functional or aesthetic creations using a variety of basic materials and techniques. They will learn design techniques, master the use of color, and comprehend composition theories.

Admission Portfolio Criteria (HS only)Apply for the Visual Art Program