Program Resources

Monroe Advanced Technology Academy’s (MATA) Television Production and Digital Moviemaking program is a one-year general studies elective course, covering Television and Media Production One & Two competencies from Virginia’s Career & Technical Education requirements. Students enrolled in the program can also sign into Google Classroom to review the class syllabus, study guides, and other time sensitive materials required for each class session.

Television and Digital Moviemaking

Grades 11-12 Credits: 6

Prerequisite: Competitive Application Process

Introduction to camera operation, studio safety, copyright laws, non-linear editing, scriptwriting, audio/video production techniques, production planning, the business of media, basic video marketing, entrepreneurship and content creation are all a part of the first semester of Television Production and Digital Moviemaking. The second semester offers students an introduction into the control room, studio equipment operation, audio/video mixing, advanced editing techniques, more complex productions and short film competitions. Productions are created in a team setting as well as individually, with much of the second semester curriculum focused on real-world scenarios, including extensive studio production and live cinema, as well as select client partner projects. Students use a wide range of professional field and studio equipment, produce multiple projects and create digital content that is viewed by the public.

This is a rigorous program designed to help students determine what avenue of media production they might want to pursue as they complete over 200 competencies, develop a digital portfolio and perform essential skills to work in the demanding media production industry. This program works well for students with a strong work ethic, exhibiting a primary interest in the production side of television and film, who plan to attend college and/or intend to begin careers immediately after high school. Entry-level jobs, as well as paid and unpaid college internships exist in this field for motivated individuals with strong high school/college academic skills and technical expertise.

Our Students

Upon completion of the Television Production and Digital Moviemaking program, MATA students are workplace certified and prepared for immediate work and/or a post-secondary degree path in a field where employment of media and communication occupations in general is projected to grow four percent between 2014 and 2024 according to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, with demand stemming from the need to create, edit, translate and disseminate information through a variety of different platforms. For film and video editors and camera operators, growth is estimated at 11 percent, and growth for producers and directors is expected to be 9 percent, faster than the average for all occupations. Production companies and video freelancers are working with new content delivery methods from mobile devices to online TV, while strong public demand for more movies, television shows and U.S. produced films for foreign audiences continues to drive growth in the motion picture and video industry. This presents a strong outlook and wide-ranging opportunities for students pursuing this exciting career field.

Our Instructor

Tara Wall began leading MATA TV and the Television Production and Digital Moviemaking program at MATA in 2017. She graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Telecommunications & Film and earned her teaching license from Shenandoah University with endorsements in Television and Media Production, Business and Information Technology, and Marketing. Ms. Wall has an extensive professional background as a television journalist, documentary filmmaker and executive media strategist. She owns an independent production company which creates and distributes documentaries and digital content for a broad spectrum of clients.

“With a successful career in broadcast television and running a business, I am passionate about paying it forward and sharing my 20+ years of industry experience to help develop future leaders. The secondary teaching environment and Career & Technical Education (CTE) in particular is an ideal pathway for young people to take ownership of their education and set the course for their professional development.”