Arts education teaches the basic vocabulary of digital media.

The Arts and Digital Literacy Initiative, which bridges fine arts education and technology, is a program of the Texas Cultural Trust in collaboration with the University of Texas at Austin College of Fine Arts.  The initiative is a project-based, fine arts curricula for high school students that establishes the connection between traditional fine arts education and digital media.  Digital literacy is the future of communication and commerce and creates learning experiences that develop students’ capacities for critical thinking, creativity, imagination, and innovation.  The courses are based on a combined set of fine arts and technology standards, resulting in arts instruction that is rigorous and designed to specifically develop student’s media literacy, providing integrated relevant skills that will prepare them for the 21st century workplace.  The State Board of Education approved the new Fine Arts TEKS which include the Trust’s Arts and Digital Literacy Curricula (Art and Media Communications I & II, Music and Media Communications I & II, Theater and Media Communications I & II, Dance and Media Communications I & II).  Once the new Fine Arts are implemented in the Fall, 2015, all of these courses can be offered as a fine arts credit.  Currently, all Texas high school students are required to have one fine arts credit for graduation.  Until the implementation of the new Fine Arts TEKS, these courses can be offered as a statewide elective credit.

For more information on the Arts and Digital Literacy Initiative please visit the www.txartmedia.org.

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Art and Media Communications I and II

Innovative Visual Arts curricula that combine the power of the visual arts with technology as a way to bridge traditional fine arts education with digital media applications.  The goal is to equip students with 21st century, college and workforce readiness skills. The course combines rigorous and relevant experiential study of modern, post-modern, and contemporary visual art and design with student learning in media literacy and technology applications.

Music and Media Communications I and II

Innovative Music curricula designed to provide access to rigorous and relevant instruction in music and media-based skills to those students entering high school who may not have an extensive background in music. The standards-based curricula will provide access to instruction in fundamental music skills and knowledge. Students will explore and discover their own connections to music and their musicality using technology- and media-based resources for listening, recording, sharing, composing, and making music.

Theater and Media Communications I and II

Theatre and Media Communications I and II Provide students with a rigorous and relevant experiential study of theatre coupled with video and audio design.  Creations and analysis of student performances will be balanced with explorations into contemporary practices in digital media.  Students will learn how to bridge traditional stagecraft with current technology applications to create new media such as animations, digital images, multimedia presentation, digital video, websites, and interactive performances.

Dance and Media Communications I and II

Dance and Media Communications I and II provide rigorous and relevant experiential study of dance history, dance technique, and choreography with student learning in media literacy and technology applications.  Creation and analysis of student performances will be balanced with explorations into contemporary practices in digital media.  Students will learn how to integrate traditional movement and choreographic skills with current technology applications to create new media such as animations, digital images, multimedia presentation, digital video, websites and interactive performances.

“Since the beginning of our new Art and Media Communications class there have been no absences as of October,” R.J.  Christensen, a teacher who piloted the curriculum at Alief’s Elsik High School.

 Partners:

Dr. Doug Dempster, Dean, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Hunter C. March, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Robert Duke, University of Texas at Austin

Tom Waggoner, University of Texas at Austin

Glenn Richter, University of Texas at Austin

Rod Caspers, University of Texas at Austin

Rusty Cloyes, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Megan Alrutz, University of Texas at Austin

Roxanne Schroeder-Arce, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Tina Curran, University of Texas at Austin

Jeff Ellinger, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Christina Bain, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Paul Bolin, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Melinda Mayer, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Kara Hallmark, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Chistopher Adejumo, University of Texas at Austin

Gary Powell, University of Texas at Austin

Kris Andrews, Center for Education Development in Fine Arts

Dr. Gary Gibbs, Texas Commission on the Arts

Chuck Winkler, Texas Commission on the Arts

Casey Monahan, Texas Music Office

Robert Floyd, Texas Music Educators Association

Frank Coachman, Texas Music Educators Association

Kay Vanlandingham, Texas Music Educators Association

Suki Steinhauser, Communities in Schools

Eric Metcalf, Communities in Schools

Sara Chapman, Texas Art Education Association

Brent Hasty, MindPop

Bill Stotesbery, KLRU

Dr. Richard K. Fiese, Houston Baptist University

Rae Moses, The John Cooper School

Charles Aguillon, Georgetown ISD

Kay Payton, Pflugerville ISD

Dr. John May, San Antonio ISD

Karen Herrera, McAllen ISD

Greg Goodman, Austin ISD

Jim Van Zandt, Round Rock ISD

Tim Lowke, Round Rock ISD

Linda Aponte, Plano ISD
Nicole Brisco, Pleasant Grove ISD
Suzanne Greene, Spring Branch ISD

Matt Piersall, Director and Founder of GL33k Game Audio

Dave Madden, Musician

Sal Silva III, Co-Founder, DoubleStereo.com

Danny Gillespie, DMX

Uwana Akpan,GRAMMY U Student Representative

Nick Landis, Mastering Engineer, Terra Nova Digital Audio, Inc.

Maggie Walters, Audio Engineer

Larry Johnson, New Media Consortium

Richard Buckley, Austin Lyric Opera

Heath Riddles, Long Center for the Performing Arts

Luis Munoz, UIL

Jenny Nichols, UIL

Linda Wurzbach, President, Resources for Learning, LLC

Dr. Judy Jennings, Resources for Learning, LLC

Amy Guadagnoli, Resources for Learning, LLC

Tracy Laughlin, Resources for Learning, LLC

Christy Cox, Resources for Learning, LLC

Judy Robison, Texas Cultural Trust Board Member

Karen Oswalt, Chair, Texas Cultural Trust Board of Directors

“I never thought I could get a job where I had to use computers, but now, I think I can,” Student at Academy High School, Hays Consolidated Independent School District after taking Art and Media Communications I.