Digital Arts Program at Westinghouse

Media creation is the ultimate interdisciplinary study of art, encompassing architecture, sculpture, painting, music, dance, and poetry to create films, images, and games that capture our hearts and shape our culture. Careers in cinema, animation, sound, web, virtual and interactive design are growing as the creative economy continues to grow in demand.

Encompassing art created through technology, Digital Artists choose from three areas of focused study. Students often mix and match to create an program tailored to fit their unique interests and goals.

Graphic Design

The tenets of good design go digital to empower artists to create design and illustration through computerized tools. Adobe PhotoShop and Illustrator are at the core of this hands-on program where students draw digitally, manipulate graphics and photos, and learn the ins and outs of good design for print and digital media.

Media Production

Visual communicators cross cinema, documentary and commercial genres to create emotionally engaging video, film and motion media. With a heavy focus on storytelling, students learn editing with Adobe Premiere and camerawork on Canon DLSRs. Partnerships with local media outlets bring the real world into our classroom, while ample opportunities exist for students to begin professional field work as upperclassmen in this program.

Courses

  • Digital Drawing
  • Design for the Web
  • Typography
  • 3D Game Design
  • Video Editing and Videography
  • Stopmotion, Animation and Character Design
  • Film/Documentary Immersion

Our Faculty Includes…

Elizabeth Speed

Elizabeth Speed

Media production is led by Elizabeth Speed, an experienced producer/writer and PA-certified teacher.  She won an EMMY Award for production work at WQED/PBS, developed web content for Walt Disney Television, and traveled internationally creating videos for a leadership development consultancy.

Alea Delprete

Alea Delprete

Alea Delprete leads the graphic design focus, teaching from two decades of experience at K-12 and college levels, and working as a professional graphic designer. Fueled by deep knowledge in Adobe Creative Cloud programs, Ms. Delprete infuses extensive instructional knowledge to engage students to create a variety of digital arts.

Elizabeth Speed

Elizabeth Speed

Media production is led by Elizabeth Speed, an experienced producer/writer and PA-certified teacher.  She won an EMMY Award for production work at WQED/PBS, developed web content for Walt Disney Television, and traveled internationally creating videos for a leadership development consultancy.

Alea Delprete

Alea Delprete

Alea Delprete leads the graphic design focus, teaching from two decades of experience at K-12 and college levels, and working as a professional graphic designer. Fueled by deep knowledge in Adobe Creative Cloud programs, Ms. Delprete infuses extensive instructional knowledge to engage students to create a variety of digital arts.

Jason Sinicrope

Jason Sinicrope

Jason Sinicrope does double duty, teaching both game design for this arts focus and social studies as an academic subject. He advises the student council and e-sports club, a student organization for competitive gaming. Across all subjects he drives students to engage in teamwork and leadership.

Elizabeth Speed

Elizabeth Speed

Media production is led by Elizabeth Speed, an experienced producer/writer and PA-certified teacher.  She won an EMMY Award for production work at WQED/PBS, developed web content for Walt Disney Television, and traveled internationally creating videos for a leadership development consultancy.

Alea Delprete

Alea Delprete

Alea Delprete leads the graphic design focus, teaching from two decades of experience at K-12 and college levels, and working as a professional graphic designer. Fueled by deep knowledge in Adobe Creative Cloud programs, Ms. Delprete infuses extensive instructional knowledge to engage students to create a variety of digital arts.

Jason Sinicrope

Jason Sinicrope

Jason Sinicrope does double duty, teaching both game design for this arts focus and social studies as an academic subject. He advises the student council and e-sports club, a student organization for competitive gaming. Across all subjects he drives students to engage in teamwork and leadership.

Evaluation Requirements

Graphic Design

Prepare a collection of your best works in a digital format (thumb drive or link to an online portfolio) that you will leave with your evaluator.  Be prepared to discuss your work and your goals as a student and designer.

Portfolios should include selections from the following list:

  • Logos, package designs, or other branding elements
  • Posters or advertising elements
  • Graphic art pieces
  • Web designs

Game Design

Prepare a collection of your best works in a digital format (thumb drive or link to an online portfolio) that you will leave with your evaluator. Be prepared to discuss your work and your goals as a student and designer.

Portfolios should include selections from the following list:

  • Storyboards or other planning documents for games you have designed.
  • A demonstration of a game on a laptop or mobile device.

Media Production

Prepare a collection of your best works in a digital format  (thumb drive or link to an online portfolio) that you will leave with your evaluator.  Be prepared to discuss your work and your goals as a student and artist.

Portfolios should include selections from the following list:

  • 3 -5 minutes of a video or audio file (not music) that you worked on.
  • A screenplay, storyboard or script that tells a story with visual elements.
  • A 200-500 word critique of a film or television show with your analysis of its artistic merits and effective engagement.

Want to Learn More?

Next Steps

Admission to Westinghouse Arts Academy is offered to students who successfully audition for one of our six arts focus areas. If you’re interested in audition and enrollment information, sign up to learn more about the process, schedule a tour or shadow day, and secure an evaluation date to audition. Or, support our programs with a financial gift.

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