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Why instruction in the arts is essential in a Christian school program...

The arts are an integral component of corporate worship.  The psalms enjoin believers to approach worship with singing, dance and instrumental music.  Visual art, drama and film are all effective tools to advance worship, teaching and evangelism.  These are exactly the skills that are taught and developed in a school fine arts program. An effective, well-planned and well-taught arts instruction program prepares the next generation of believers to lead the church with excellence.

An arts program addresses the reality of the creative dimension of the human personality.  We are all creative, we are all artistic.  A school program that purports to “educate the whole child,” and provides academic, professional, athletic, social and religious instruction must also provide training directed at the creative, artistic dimension of the student.  Students should learn how to listen to music, look at a painting, and watch a play or a film or a dance with understanding and appreciation.

For many of our students, participation in the arts will be their calling to serve Christ’s kingdom.  Their vocational and professional gifts will include making art, music, theater and cinema.  It is crucial to recognize these gifts and begin to train students from an early age. They must have access to instruction that not only affords them an opportunity to develop excellent skills and technique but does so in the context of a Biblical world view that recognizes the reality of God as the Lord of Creation.     

It is imperative that Christians shine the light of the truth in the world of the arts.  Christian influence has long been absent and spiritual darkness has long been prevalent in this realm.  In the twentieth century, evangelical Christians largely abandoned many fields of the arts, and the resulting void was quickly filled by unprecedented darkness.  Christ’s call to redeem the world means, in addition to sending missionaries to Africa and Asia, taking the light to the theater, the concert hall, the cinema and the art gallery.

CLASS OFFERINGS

Film 1/Journalism
An introductory course exposing students to the basics of the history and analysis of film, photography skills & composition, storytelling techniques and single-camera productions. 
The journalism segment introduces the basics of the First Amendment and freedom of the press, ethics, photojournalism, interview techniques and documentary work.  
 
Journalism 2
Second year class, works in tandem with Sports Broadcasting class. Emphasis on content creation, sports package interviews, sideline reporting and producing. 
 
Film 2
Second year class concentrating on editing techniques, exposing students to different genres and emphasis on single camera productions. 
 
Film 3
Sports broadcasting course. Students are trained to make sports packages and learn the fundamentals of broadcasting live sporting events. Emphasis on multi-camera production and directing.
 
Film 4
Independent Study.  Students are free to pursue individual interests in filmmaking specialty.