Programs and Courses


Telemedia I: Introduction to Media

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 program 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 and radio news production.

Telemedia II: News Writing and Television Productionorchestra

Students build upon the skills learned in Telemedia I along with improving their hands 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 FCTV6 studio. Students will also learn basic videography skills by using professional HD ENG video cameras; they will also learn the basics of video editing using Final Cut Pro.

Telemedia III & IV: Advanced Television and Radio Production

Juniors and seniors who have successfully completed Telemedia I and II are eligible to take these advanced television and radio 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 morning broadcast of FCTV6. Telemedia III and IV 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. Telemedia IV (Radio) offers dual credit with Western Kentucky University.

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.communications

Film & Video Production

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.

Print Journalism

After completing Telemedia I, students may consider taking advanced courses in print journalism. Both newspaper and yearbook are offered as courses in the communication magnet. 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.

Visual Communications Program (Graphic Design)

Students in these classes explore illustration and photo manipulation as well as desktop publishing. Students will use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign to create a unique illustrations and designs for print and media. Perfect for the creative or tech savvy students considering career in multi-media, graphic design, or animation.

Introduction to Visual Communications

Generally reserved for incoming freshman this course is one trimester and introduces students to the concepts and skills of visual communications. This program includes computer fundamentals, fundamentals of drawing, traditional layout and graphic design, and color theory applications. Not sure if you have what it takes to be a graphic designer? Check out this course and discover your potential!

Color Theory

Whether you are designing a t-shirt for your favorite sports team or redecorating your room for an interior design project, this class lets your inner color creativity shine through. Put your paint, marker and colored pencil skills to work, and have fun while creating with color. Articulated credit may be earned through Sullivan College of Technology and Design.

Traditional Illustration

Release your inner artist as you create caricatures, portraits, comic books, editorial cartoons, and fashion illustrations. Earn credit while drawing stuff you love. Don't say "I can't draw," -this is where you learn how. Also learn some beginning computer illustration on software used by professional designers, illustrators and animators.

Computer Design and Page Layout

Earn college credit for JCTC while you get creative using Adobe Creative Suite. Design professional looking stationary, cd covers, package design, posters, advertisements and more. This class will also have the opportunity to participate in SkillsUSA, a skills and leadership organizations that competes at the regional, state and national level with opportunities to earn scholarship.


Typography is a chance to create art using the letters on a page. Learn the skills of tweaking and adjusting type as well as creating your own font. Another opportunity to earn 3 hours college credit, this class is for advanced students who have successfully completed Computer Design & Page Layout. Students will create real world design projects for the school and community as well as develop and design a literary magazine.

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