Cinematography and Video Production
The Cinematography and Video Production pathway prepares students to communicate dramatic information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the making and producing of videos and cinematographic expression. The pathway includes the theory of video, video technology and equipment operation, video production, video directing, video editing, cinematographic art, video and audio technique, and multi-media production. The pathway prepares students to function as staff, producers, directors, and managers of media programming and media organizations.

Fern Creek High School has a long history of providing students with hands-on, real-world experience in the field of broadcasting. Students in the cinematography and video production pathway learn all aspects of the broadcasting business.  For example, students create radio shows for 92.7 The Tiger, the only FCC licensed radio station in JCPS.  They also produce video news packages that air statewide on the KET show Our Kids, which they also anchor and work on behind the scenes.  Fern Creek's media students also learn about news writing and photojournalism by producing the school's award-winning yearbook, The Tiger.  The three instructors in the communications program all have extensive backgrounds in the media industry, with a combined 20+ years experience at local television stations such as WDRB and WAVE-3.

Film/Video courses expose students to the materials, processes, and artistic techniques involved in creating film or video productions. Students learn about the operation of cameras, lighting techniques, camera angles, depth of field, composition, storyboarding, sound capture, editing techniques. Course topics may also include production values and various styles of filmmaking (documentary, storytelling, news magazines, animation, etc.) As students advance, they are encouraged to develop their own artistic styles.
Course Information
Print Journalism (Newspaper & Yearbook)
After completing Introduction to Media Arts, students may consider taking advanced courses in print journalism. Both newspaper and yearbook are offered as courses in the Communication and Media Arts pathway. In these classes, students work as journalists covering stories and issues affecting their peers and their community. Students independently generate ideas, write stories, sell advertising, take photographs and design layouts. Students gain skills in Photoshop and Adobe InDesign while enrolled in these courses. These two courses are a perfect hands-on opportunity to learn the ups and downs of real-life journalism.
92.7 The Tiger Radio
Fern Creek High School is proud to be the home of the only student-run, FCC-licensed, radio station in Metro Louisville and JCPS. As a Communications, Media and the Arts 5 Star School, we offer hands-on experience like no place else. Our award-winning students are live on the air every day, right here on Fern Creek’s own 92.7 The Tiger radio.
Fern Creek students do it all at 92.7 The Tiger
  • News and Sports
  • Filed Producer
  • Talk Show Host
  • Audio Production
  • Disc Jockey
  • Prootion and Marketing
Introduction to Media Arts
In this course, students are introduced to journalism in all its forms. This class serves as a foundation for future media courses in the communications magnet by giving students the opportunity to learn about print and broadcast news. Students learn to think critically about news coverage and the importance of journalists in our 21st century society. Students also get hands-on experience by learning basic fundamentals of television news production.
Studio Directing and Performance
Film/Video courses expose students to the materials, processes, and artistic techniques involved in creating film or video productions. Students learn about the operation of cameras, lighting techniques, camera angles, depth of field, composition, storyboarding, sound capture, and editing techniques. Course topics may also include production values and various styles of filmmaking (documentary, storytelling, news magazines, animation, etc.). As students advance, they are encouraged to develop their own artistic styles.
Video Studio Fundamentals
Students build upon the skills learned in Fundamentals of Broadcasting along with improving their hand at news writing. Students learn to “write for the ear and the eye,” and how to write in inverted pyramid style. Along with improving their writing skills, students continue to hone their public speaking by producing newscasts in the Fern Creek television studio. Students will also learn basic videography skills by using professional HD ENG video cameras, and will learn the basics of video editing using Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro.
Advanced Studio Production
ProductionJuniors and seniors who have successfully completed Fundamentals of Broadcasting and Studio Directing are eligible to take these advanced television production courses. In these classes, students act as authentic freelance journalists, and produce feature news packages for the JCPS show Our Kids, which airs on KET, and is featured prominently on the JCPS website. Students act as correspondents to produce solid and informative stories that highlight exceptional students and programs within Jefferson County. Students at this level also produce video news packages that are aired on the live FCTV6 morning broadcast. Broadcast Technician & TV Practicum are both dual-credit courses with Jefferson Community and Technical College, which means students in these classes can earn college credit while still in high school.
Fern Creek High School
9115 Fern Creek Road
Louisville, Ky 40291

Phone: 502-485-8251
School Hours: 7:40 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
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