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Mika Virtaneva

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Clare Ann Harff

Design

Instructor:

Clare Ann Harff is the artist/owner of Blue Horse Pottery and a dedicated arts educator. After receiving her B.F.A. from the University of Montana in 1996, she founded and directed The Clay Studio of Missoula until 2003. Along with her MAPS duties, she teaches art and creative expression in area schools.

Mika Virtaneva was a MAPS design student for three years. After graduating from high school, he continued with MAPS; first as assistant design instructor and now as a full teacher. Concurrently, Mika is attending university while doing part time graphic and web design work for local community organizations.

design,photography,motiongraphics,webdesignClass Description:

The creativity of designers is everywhere you look: on the web, television, commercials, magazines, film,product packaging. However, design is more than just appearances—it’s understanding how to communicate with and influence the audience. Learn how to create and use photography, illustrations,
typography, color, 3D graphics, and animation to tell your story.

Learn to take photos, incorporate them into compelling designs, make your designs move in 3D motiongraphics, and share your work with the world through social media and MAPS website.

Structure:

Class Size: 20
Days: Wednesday & Thursday
Class Time: 4:30-6:30 pm

Design is a tuition free 32 week course split into four 8 weeks sessions. Students can take one or more of these sessions. First year students are encouraged to complete all four sessions of one course.

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Dru Carr

Dru Carr

Film

Instructor:

Dru Carr is a filmmaker in Missoula, Montana. After receiving his M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana in 1996, he co-founded the independent filmmaking team High Plains Films in 2000. He was nominated for a national News and Documentary Emmy Award in 2008 as a co-director of the film Libby, Montana, and received the True/False West Visionary Award, given to filmmakers who have “placed an indelible mark on the world of documentary filmmaking”. Carr is also a founding board member of the Big Sky Film Institute, which runs the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.

narrative filmmaking and commercialsClass Description:

This action packed, hands-on class includes a crash course in filmmaking. The class begins with exploring the history of this modern art form from the birth of silent films to the latest blockbuster. Students learn and participate in every aspect of filmmaking, beginning with story conceptualization and finishing with public screenings of their films. They explore idea visualization and learn how to develop basic storylines into narratives and screenplays. The class teaches how to organize an entire film production: assembling a cast, designating film crew responsibilities, lighting and audio techniques, camera operation,  filming scene sequences, editing, and post production processes.

At the end of the course, students work will be featured at MAPS annual Media Arts Festival at the Pharoplex Theatre in Hamilton, MT.

Structure:

Class Size: 20-25
Days: Monday & Tuesday
Class Time: 4:30-6:30 pm

Film is a tuition free 32 week course split into four 8 weeks sessions. Students can take one or more of these sessions. First year students are encouraged to complete all four sessions of one course.

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Music


musc classClass Description:

This cutting edge class dives deep into the art of creating and producing your own music and provides an inspirational space where technology and music meet.

Students begin with learning the history of music and its interpretations throughout the cultures of the world. They explore the principles of sound, from the first audio recording by Thomas Edison to the latest developments in music technology. Through ear training lessons, students are taught how to actively and critically listen to all musical genres. The class explores music theory and teaches basic elements of music, including notation, scales, melody, harmony, song structure, chords, rhythms, improvisation, and various composition techniques.

Each student has a personal computer in the MAPS Music Lab and receives individual instruction with music software. The class teaches vocal and instrument recording techniques, mixing strategies for songwriting, music sampling, effects processing, mastering skills for digital exporting and the key equipment required to produce a finished product in the MAPS Recording Studio.

Structure:

Class Size: 20-25
Days: Wednesday & Thursday
Class Time: 4:30-6:30 pm

Music is a tuition free 32 week course split into four 8 weeks sessions. Students can take one or more of these sessions. First year students are encouraged to complete all four sessions of one course.

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Technology


learn cyberskillsClass Description:

This innovative curriculum explores the art of computer science from understanding operating systems to programming video games. The class begins with learning the fundamentals of what a computer is, how a computer works, and what a computer can do. Students explore multiple operating system environments thru installation set up, interface navigation, and customizing system preferences. Students then learn software development through programming computer code.

Having learned and acquired computer programming proficiency, students build robots, create mobile apps, and design their own video games. Collaboration is an essential element with these projects, as student design teams explore storyboarding, character development, scriptwriting, drawing, graphic design, 3-D animation, and audio engineering. Using problem based activities, students experience hands-on troubleshooting solutions, develop critical thinking skills, and are encouraged to continually evaluate and improve their programming skills.

Structure:

Class Size: 20-25
Days: Monday & Tuesday
Class Time: 4:30-6:30 pm

Technology is a tuition free 32 week course split into four 8 weeks sessions. Students can take one or more of these sessions. First year students are encouraged to complete all four sessions of one course.

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Entrepreneur


Class Description:

Entrepreneur is a business readiness class geared to help MAPS students identify their interests, recognize their individual skills and how to turn these into 21st century career paths. Students are engaged to think about tomorrow and determine what they need to shape and create their futures. Students learn about the business world and explore creative strategies to develop new business opportunities for themselves and our community. A key component of the class will be to actually create working businesses and bring them to reality. This ‘making it happen’ component is a cornerstone to MAPS hands-on instruction.

Structure:

Class Size: 20-25
Days: Friday
Class Time: 3:30-5:30 pm

Entrepreneur is a tuition free 32 week course split into four 8 weeks sessions. Students can take one or more of these sessions. First year students are encouraged to complete all four sessions of one course.

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