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Media Arts & Techology Academy Teachers
Contact Keli Arslancan  Keli Arslancan Teacher
Contact John Bruno  John Bruno (310) 577-4200 Math Teacher
Contact Aracely Elizondo  Aracely Elizondo Teacher
Contact Tyler Fister  Tyler Fister Teacher
Contact Margo Fownes  Margo Fownes Teacher
Contact Ruth Greene  Ruth Greene English Department Chair, GATE Coordinator, SAS Coordinator, MEDIA Lead Teacher
Contact Robin Hunt  Robin Hunt Math Teacher/Head Girl's and Boy's Volleyball Coach
Contact Martin Kanshige  Martin Kanshige Teacher
Contact Frank Nunez  Frank Nunez Assistant Principal
Contact Daniel Santos  Daniel Santos Physical Education Teacher
Contact Eduardo Serna  Eduardo Serna (310) 577-4260 CTE Teacher
Contact David Silberman  David Silberman Teacher
Contact Jamie Simon- Meyer  Jamie Simon- Meyer (310) 577-4324 Counselor
Contact Mokonen Tesfom  Mokonen Tesfom Math Teacher
Contact Lisa Thorne  Lisa Thorne Teacher
Contact Traci Thrasher  Traci Thrasher Teacher
Contact Barry Vella  Barry Vella Teacher
Contact Drake Witham  Drake Witham Teacher
Contact Nancy Zubiri  Nancy Zubiri English Teacher and Newspaper Adviser

Academy Administrator: Mr. Nunez

Academy Counselor

Jamie Simon-Meyer





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What is Media Literacy?

Media Literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create media in a variety of forms.

This definition is the most often cited in the US and was hammered out by participants at the 1992 Aspen Media Literacy Leadership Institute:
Definitions, however, evolve over time and a more robust definition is now needed to situate media literacy in the context of its importance for the education of students in a 21st century media culture. The Center for Media Literacy now uses this expanded definition:

Media Literacy is a 21st century approach to education. It provides a framework to access, analyze, evaluate, create and participate with messages in a variety of forms — from print to video to the Internet. Media literacy builds an understanding of the role of media in society as well as essential skills of inquiry and self-expression necessary for citizens of a democracy.

A definition of Media Literacy

Venice High School MEDIA teachers incorporate this approach to learning when developing lessons. In addition to addressing core content, MEDIA teachers are dedicated to ensuring that their 21st century students see the connection between what they are learning in class, and the massive load of information that is distributed through mass media.


  • Take SMC classes on the VHS campus to earn both high school and college credits
  • Focus on developing your media arts and computer skills
  • Classes are available after school - see your counselor to enroll


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The MEDIA, Arts and Technology Academy has sponsored an annual MEDIA Art Show since 2014.

Focus:    Media Literacy

  • Evaluation & Creation of Media Messages

  • Use of Digital Devices

The goal of the Media, Arts & Technology Academy is media and computer literacy for 21st century learners within an A-G academic and media arts or technology based course of study to prepare for college and/or a career in design, visual, media arts, and technology.

Creative people should apply!


  • Fulfill A-G Requirements within an arts and technology based curriculum
  • Explore artistic and technology talents and prepare for a career in Design, Visual, Media Arts & Technology
  • Evaluate media messages and learn how to use digital devices



1. Media Arts


LAUSD CTE Pathway: Design, Visual and Media Arts

SMC LA Hi-Tech Pathway: Design, Visual and Media Arts


2. Computer Science


LAUSD CTE Pathway: Information and Communication Technology

SMC LA Hi-Tech Pathway: Software and Systems Development


Click here for a comprehensive list of the Media, Arts &Technology Academy Course Descriptions:

Santa Monica College Dual Enrollment Courses

(Students from ALPS, STEMM, and WLGS may also take these classes) 


FALL 2018


Photography 1: Introduction to Photography

This non-laboratory course is an introduction to photography including camera techniques using an SLR camera (provided). 




Film Studies 1: Film Appreciation

This course will introduce the art, technology, language and appreciation of film, exploring the varieties of film experience, film and the other arts, and they ways of viewing. Film examples will be screened in class.


Graphic Design 18: Introduction to Graphic Design Applications

This computer course provides an overview of digital applications used in the field of Graphic Design: Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Also covered: Operation Systems, file management and computer navigation basics.


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  • Santa Monica College LA Hi-Tech Program
  • Warner Brothers First Cut
  • Ghetto Film School
  • Young Storytellers
  • UCLA's Visual and Performing Arts Program
  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  • Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Los Angeles Repertory Theater
  • Thespian Society
  • Santa Monica College (SMC)
  • West Los Angeles College (WLAC)
  • Santa Monica College Articulation Agreement
  • Bixel Exchange
  • Mitu

Field Trips and Guest Speakers

  • Trips to museums, competitions, colleges, etc.
  • Speakers from the media, arts, and technology industries


  • Focus on Media Literacy in English, Social Studies, and Math classes
    • Learn how to evaluate media messages
    • Use digital devices for assignments and projects
  • Create art and films in your English and Social Studies classrooms
  • Choose Honors and Advanced Placement classes


  • Media, Arts, & Technology students have full access to the VHS sports programs


Congratulations to Carmen Perez for having her film accepted into the 4th Annual LAUSD Film Festival!


Student Film Festival


UCLA Visual and Performing Arts Education Photography Program - PhotoVoice


In conjunction with The Boys and Girls Club of Venice, we offer a photography enrichment program after school. Please see Ms. Greene in Room 12 or Olivia in the Parent Center if you are interested in pursuing this opportunity.

Watch this UCLA VAPAE / VHS Video!


The VAPAE Program will start up in the Spring semester. Please stop by Room 12 to sign up.


2 hr Sessions, Every Tuesday After School, for 10 weeks

  • Regular day/dismissal: 3:15PM
  • Shorten day/dismissal: 1:45PM


Please see Ms. Greene in Room 12 if you are interested in participating in this program.

Take Honors & AP Classes!
Take Honors & AP Classes!

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ghetto film school
warner bros
SMC LA-Hi Tech Program
SMC LA-Hi Tech Program
USC School for Communication and Journalism
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Museum of Contemporary Art

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Thespian Society

Young Story Tellers

Bixel Exchange