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Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts & Technology

1299 Bryant Ave, Mt. View, CA 94040 T 650-940-4680   F 650-961-1346
2 Required Classes: English and Design 3rd/Elective Class: Digital Media or Film
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About Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts and Technology


At Freestyle Academy of Communication Arts and Technology in the Mt. View-Los Altos UHSD, we believe passion drives success. We also believe 21st Century communication skills with and without technology are necessary for success in any workplace, organization or institution. We believe that school should be a fun and rewarding place to learn these skills. In essence, Freestyle Academy provides students a unique, relevant and challenging, but fun opportunity to find or enhance an artistic/technical passion and develop their communication skills that are applicable to most any field of study or work.

Since 2006 when Freestyle opened its doors, we have challenged students to be creative and imaginative with communicating their ideas by producing art for larger project-based units through various multimedia visual and audio formats with modern software and hardware tools. Each student takes 3 classes at Freestyle Academy that contributes to the final productions for each quarter-based project. In this 2-year program limited to 72 Juniors and 72 Seniors in small classes of 18 students per class, each student enrolls in English and Design and then takes either Film or Digital Media. Students take other classes and complete other graduation requirements at Los Altos HS, Mt. View HS or Alta Vista HS for the remainder of each day.

Because “story is king”, all project ideas begin in English through readings, discussions, critiques, brainstorming sessions, writings and peer editing. Design further develops the project ideas through visual art such as photography, illustrations, drawing, painting, magazines, and 3-D art with the use of DSLR cameras, lighting kits, electronic drawing pads, Lightroom, Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

Film students develop their creative expression further by producing 3-10 minute digital films with Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, Garageband, Pro Tools, Media Encoder, and After Effects. Digital Media students develop their creative expression by producing HTML5/CSS3 and JavaScript websites that include graphic design, podcasts, photo galleries, animations, video productions, and original music productions with live and MIDI instruments using Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Illustrator, Animate, InDesign, After Effects, Pro Tools, Reason, and Ableton Live. All students have access to our modern and fully equiped studio for filming, photo shoots and audio recordings.

How Will This Help Me? At Freestyle Academy, you will not only strengthen the necessary writing, speaking, and research skills you will need in college and in the workforce, but you will also learn critical communication skills that will help you express your ideas in creative, exciting and original ways such as but not limited to:

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