Digital Media

Connecticut Technical High School System's Digital Media course breakdown by grade. Each student is required to complete four years of a Career Technical Education program.

Grade 9

3 Credits
Exploratory and Introduction to Digital Media

Grade 10

3 Credits
Digital Media II

Grade 11

3 Credits
Digital Media III

Grade 12

3 Credits
Digital Media IV

Course Descriptions*

Exploratory and Introduction to Digital Media (VP110)
Students deciding to enter the field of Media Production are introduced to basic concepts, including pre-production (conceptualization, planning, writing, crew selection and preparation of equipment), production (principles of teamwork, the importance of deadlines, basics of shot composition, lighting and audio principles and proper use of video and audio equipment) and post-production (basic video and audio editing, transitions and graphics).

Students will develop field and studio production team projects utilizing basic video equipment and learn to use Adobe Premiere Pro, as well as other Adobe suite programs to post-produce their project. Students will also be introduced to media communication theory and history.

Digital Media II (VP210)
In Grade 10, students build upon their first-year foundation to practice more advanced aspects of media production. Students will continue to learn and practice the components of field and studio production. In field production, students will expand their knowledge of pre-production (with continued emphasis on narrative development and more sophisticated planning), production (skill development with camera, lighting and audio equipment) and post-production (emphasizing developing greater skill in using Adobe Creative Suite for editing, including graphics, audio and special effects). In studio production, students will rotate through the diverse roles of a studio production team, with a focus on camera setup and usage, audio mixing and equipment usage, lighting techniques, video switching and studio management. Students will work as teams to produce recorded and live production work. They will continue to receive instruction in safety requirements and demonstrate sound safety practices.

Digital Media III (VP310)
In Grade 11, students will develop more advanced skill sets in field and studio production work. Students learn advanced editing techniques using Adobe Premiere Pro and will be introduced to Avid Media Compose. They will also gain a basic understanding of the use of Adobe After Effects to develop relevant special effects for a wide range of production projects. Those students who show an aptitude and interest in creating and incorporating 3D animation elements into media projects will gain a basic understanding in AutoDesk products such as Maya and 3D Studio. Students will work on a variety of field production projects learning to use more advanced video camera technology. They will also continue the development of their knowledge of studio operations. The design and creation of DVDs and developing more advanced audio tracks using music libraries and Adobe Creative Suite will be emphasized.

Digital Media IV (VP410)
In Grade 12, students continue to advance their skill sets in Digital Media concentrating on a capstone project that reflects the highest level of their abilities. From pitching their project ideas through writing, production and post-production, students are expected to create a major work that illustrates their creativity, quality and professionalism. Students will demonstrate the ability to complete a job application, to interview and to perform entry-level job readiness and trade skills. They will also continue to receive instruction in safety requirements and demonstrate sound safety practices. Students reaching an acceptable level of proficiency may be eligible for Work-based Learning (WBL). Each student will take the Senior Summative Assessment.

Students successfully completing this course of study will be able to pursue a two-year degree in digital media or communications at a college or go on to a four-year degree.

* Some courses may not be offered at every school.

CTHSS is relocating to 39 Woodland Street, Hartford

CTHSS is relocating to 39 Woodland Street, Hartford
Beginning, Friday, July 7, 2017 the Connecticut Technical High School System (CTHSS) will start relocating their Middletown office to 39 Woodland Street, Hartford, CT 06105. The move will spread out over the next three business days with staff members arriving on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. We will have limited email and telephone communication during this transition. Despite the new street address, all CTHSS phone numbers will remain the same. The postal services will forward any mail sent to the old Middletown address. Visitors to the new building can park on site. Visitors must sign in at the security guard’s desk with photo identification.  Learn more

Free Summer Meals!

Free Summer Meals!
What are "Summer Meals?" The federal Summer Meals Programs provide nutritious meals to kids and teens at no cost to them at hundreds of locations throughout Connecticut during the summer months when school meals are unavailable.  Learn more

Wolcott Sophomore Receives UConn Writing Award

Wolcott Sophomore Receives UConn Writing Award
Oliver Wolcott Technical High School's Sophomore Christina Thompson was selected as a finalist for UCONN's Connecticut Writing Project. Her original fiction piece entitled "Dream Life" received an honorable mention award and a listing in the Connecticut Student Writers Magazine (CSW).  Learn more

Bullard Havens One-Read Committee Pays It Forward

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The One-Read committee, which consists of students from grades 9-12 as well as Social Studies and English teachers, at Bullard-Havens promoted kindness, unity, and acceptance school-wide after reading the book I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. Student and teacher committee members read the book, participated in a filmed book discussion, and came up with ways to promote the book and its themes that would include the entire school.  Learn more

Mrs. Alecia Walkuski and Vinal students named to Renaissance National Honor Roll

Mrs. Alecia Walkuski and Vinal students named to Renaissance National Honor Roll
Mrs. Alecia Walkuski, English and Language Arts Lab Teacher at Vinal Technical High School, earned this distinction by guiding effective implementation of Renaissance Accelerated Reader®. Accelerated Reader engages K–12 students in independent reading practice at the unique levels K–12 students need in order for them to grow—from foundational skills to grade-level standards.  Learn more

Abbott Electrical Dinner and Awards Program

Abbott Electrical Dinner and Awards Program
On May 11, 2017, a dinner and awards program will be held at Abbott Tech to recognize the Class of 2017 Electrical Seniors. Last year's event featured a guest speaker and program on "Indoor and Outdoor L.E.D. Lighting Products and Applications from RAB Lighting."  Learn more

Ellis Tech Wrestling Win!

Ellis Tech Wrestling Win!
Ellis Tech Wrestling Team wins state championship- first in school's history!  Learn more

Grasso Student Wins National Silver Gloves Boxing Championships

Grasso Student Wins National Silver Gloves Boxing Championships
Steven Torres, a 10th grader at Grasso, recently won first place in the National Silver Gloves Boxing Championships in Kansas. He now begins boxing his way toward the Junior Olympic Team. We are very proud of him. Not only is he a great boxer, he is a great kid!  Learn more

Prince Tech Team Awarded in Design Challenge State Competition

Prince Tech Team Awarded in Design Challenge State Competition
Prince Tech Engineering students took third place in their first showing in the Real World Design Challenge.  Learn more

Norwich Tech Grad First Female Gold Medalist in National Competition

Norwich Tech Grad First Female Gold Medalist in National Competition
Daria Stifel became the first female to win gold in the SkillsUSA Electrical Engineering competition!  Learn more

Community open houses hosted across the state

Community open houses hosted across the state
Links to photo galleries and news stories about our recent community open houses held across the state!  Learn more

Student Workforce

 Student Workforce
CTHSS students can help you with your next big project! A wide range of services are offered across a variety of trades programs.  Learn more