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Select High School Students Participate in Media Arts Event

Media Arts Summer Exposure participants trim one of several printed projects they created.Fifteen high school students from Pennsylvania and Maryland, each nominated by his or her graphic arts instructor, attended Pennsylvania College of Technology’s first Media Arts Summer Exposure − an intense three days of workshops focused on video production, radio broadcasting, graphic design and graphic communications.

The college’s media arts department asked high school graphic arts faculty members to nominate one student who has shown promise and interest in the media arts. These students were then invited to attend the Media Arts Summer Exposure, held July 16-18, to delve deeper into the workings of the media arts field.

Following demonstrations of the industry-standard equipment in Penn College’s classrooms and laboratories, students created several personalized items from start to finish. Those included designing and creating a bookmark and folder using paper the participants made by hand and adding such elements as personalized graphics and foil stamping. Students also used digital imaging and photography to design and create personalized T-shirts and embroidered caps.

From photos they took in the college’s photography labs, participants designed Web pages showing their activities and created pocketed brochures for the handmade bookmarkers and DVDs they had created.

In exploring mass media communication, the students taped broadcast segments at the college radio station, WPTC 88.1 FM, for later airing, and, in the college’s video production studio, PCTV, they created mock commercials and news broadcasts.

During the evenings, participants toured the Community Arts Center in Williamsport, visited the current fine-art exhibit at the campus art gallery (The Gallery at Penn College) in the Madigan Library, and enjoyed cookouts, movies and various sports activities.

For more information about the media arts majors offered by the School of Integrated Studies at Penn College, call (570) 327-4521, send e-mail or visit online .

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