Media Arts Technology (MAT) students at the Laurel County Schools Center for Innovation (CFI) are preparing to launch their fully functional 4K television production studio to create original multi-media content.
The Media Arts Technology program under the direction of instructor Shane Smith includes a studio containing state-of-the-art technology and equipment for students to apply their classroom lessons into real life job experiences. For example, students have two separate chroma-key walls (green screen) for which to produce individual interviews in the studio suite as well in the primary televsion production suite. Students also have teleprompters for the program anchors whereby content is provided by the producers as well as mutli-functional cameras and lighting systems to manage the visual aesthetics of the production. “Students operate the multi-media prodcutions from the control room which has the latest generation Tricaster system. The media program recently procured three i-Mac computer systems that enable students to learn software application and integration on both the PC and Mac systems,” said Shane Smith, Media Arts instructor.
“Our media program has enjoyed an eventful year already, they conducted an on-site interview with a NASA scientist, live streamed the 2017 solar eclipse over the internet, created multiple infomercials, and operate a school-sponsored YouTube page. We are just getting started with the many great programs and productions created by our media students,” remarked James Davis, CFI Principal. Students enrolled in the MAT program can earn career certifications in Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Pro as well as earn up to 18 college credits in Visual Communications in a dual credit partnership with Hazard Community & Technical College. For more information about how to become a student at the CFI or for commercial productions please contact Shane Smith, Media Program coordinator at the CFI at 862-5580.