Arts and Digital Literacy 

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 these courses create 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 students’ media literacy, providing integrated, relevant skills that will prepare them for the 21st century workplace.  The Texas State Board of Education approved the new student standards for the Fine Arts -the Texas Essential Knowledge Skills (TEKS). These new standards include all of the Trust’s courses (Art and Media Communications I & II; Music and Media Communications I & II; Theatre and Media Communications I & II; Dance and Media Communications I & II).  Once the new Fine Arts standards are implemented in the 2015 school year, each of these courses will count 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.

Music and Media Communications I and II
Music and Media Communications I PEIMS Code: N1170160
Music and Media Communications II PEIMS Code: N1170161
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 provide access to instruction in fundamental music skills and knowledge. Students 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.

Theatre and Media Communications I and II
Theatre and Media Communications I PEIMS Code: N1170170
Theatre and Media Communications II PEIMS Code: N1170171
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 are balanced with explorations into contemporary practices in digital media.  Students 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 PEIMS Code: N1170150
Dance and Media Communications II PEIMS Code: N1170151
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 is balanced with explorations into contemporary practices in digital media.  Students 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.

Art and Media Communications I and II
Art and Media Communications I PEIMS Code: N1170024
Art and Media Communications II PEIMS Code: N1170145
Innovative Visual Arts curricula that combines 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 courses combine rigorous and relevant experiential study of modern, post-modern, and contemporary visual art and design with student learning in media literacy and technology applications.

To download the curriculum, please visit www.txartmedia.org.

To download a curriculum overview, click here.

To download the Arts & Digital Literacy FAQ, click here.  

To find out where Arts & Digital Literacy courses are currently being taught, click here.

“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.