UCCI Courses

Changing Hearts and Minds: English and Digital Media Arts

A-G Subject: English
CTE Sector: Arts, Media, and Entertainment
Pathway: Design, Visual, and Media Arts

Changing Hearts and Minds is a yearlong course that teaches students to act as purveyors of change in the world at large. Throughout the course, students will analyze a variety of print and digital texts in order to identify and interpret an author’s, artist’s, and/or designer’s message, and to determine how a specific audience drives a creator’s decision making process. Students will evaluate and successfully use visual design principles and elements to enhance, distribute and increase visibility of a message or cause. This process will lead students to use writing and the principles of design to create texts and visuals that tell stories and convey effective messages for the purposes of effecting change; this also leads students to be critical thinkers and active receivers of messages. Students will read fiction and nonfiction as sources of inspiration and discovery and then write to learn with an emphasis on how choices of diction and syntax shape a message. Throughout the course, students will use collaboration processes, oral communication, presentation and creative problem solving to strengthen and apply their knowledge of written and visual messaging.


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