Course Offerings

Media Production (Northfield Only) This course introduces students to the study of mass media communication: print, radio, film, television, video, and Internet media. Students have the opportunity to produce their own video and radio projects and participate in live broadcasts on New Trier's student-run radio station, WNTH. Class discussion focuses on the power of the mass media in America and the evolution of cinema. Students are encouraged to develop skills to critically analyze and evaluate media messages as both consumer and producer. Units include media production, advertising, legal and ethical practices of the industry, radio practicum, and filmmaking. Media Workshop serves as a prerequisite to Film Production and the WNTH Radio Board.

Broadcast Journalism 1 This course introduces students to the fundamentals of broad­casting for radio, television, and other digital video and audio media. Students work in different collaborative roles to write, record, edit, and produce a number of specialized projects including talk radio shows, television and radio news, remote television broadcasts, and podcasts. Units also feature journalis­tic ethics, the art of the interview, and writing for viewers and listeners. Tools of the class include cameras, lighting and sound equipment, and digital editing software. Assignments require collecting footage and covering events outside of class. Student work will be shared on school media outlets such as Trevolution TV and WNTH Radio. Students are also encouraged to enter their work in national and regional broadcasting contests and festivals.

Film Production 1 This course introduces students to storytelling, using film and sound production techniques and the principles of screenwriting. Students will work in different collaborative roles to write, shoot, edit, and produce narrative and documentary films throughout the year while learning classic Hollywood techniques of storytelling. Tools of the class include cameras, lighting and sound equipment, and digital editing software. Assignments require collecting footage outside of class. Student work will be shared on school media outlets and may be shown in local movie theatres. Students are also encouraged to enter their videos in national and regional film festivals. This course builds a strong foundation for students interested in creating and producing original and commercial film, screenwriting, and broadcast journalism. This course fulfills the graduation requirement for fine and/or practical arts.

Film Production 2 This course focuses on screenwriting and directing. Students analyze professional screenplays and write their own original work. In addition, they will work in different collaborative roles to learn how a screenplay is used to communicate with crews, actors, and audiences effectively. Students will develop their narrative scriptwriting skills with particular attention to dialogue and story structure. Students will also work as producers, writers, directors of photography, on-air talent, sound designers, and editors for "Trevolution," New Trier's student television show. Assignments require collecting footage outside of class. Student projects will be shared on school media outlets and may be shown in local movie theatres. Students are also encouraged to submit class work to film festivals. This course fulfills the graduation requirement for fine and/or practical arts.

Film Production 3 This course brings together skills, knowledge and experience gained in Film Production 1 and 2 in the art and craft of screenwriting, directing, cinematography, and editing. In this individualized course, students will complete narrative or documentary film projects. For each project, students will create a "pitch" consisting of a story synopsis, logline and character descriptions, creative swipes, and production schedules. Students will be responsible for securing crew and talent under the supervision of the instructor. Students will fine tune their creative portfolios and resumes to be college submissions ready.

Radio Practicum/WNTH Radio Board This course is designed to provide students with a hands-on experience with management and supervision of a radio station. Students are assigned various leadership roles and learn how to produce feature length radio shows in genres ranging from news public affairs to music and drama. Course work also includes cooperative evaluation of WNTH programming to help maintain the quality of New Trier radio. The radio control room and studio is the lab for all production work. Only those students selected to serve on the WNTH board will be enrolled in this course.