The mission of the Frassati Catholic High School Digital Communications and Media Arts Department is to empower students to use all forms of technology and media for the promotion of what is true, good and beautiful.
Although simply stated, this mission requires careful examination to unpack its significance. First, students will have a current working knowledge of technology so that it can enhance learning and communication. The courses, therefore, provide students with a disciplined understanding of modern media trends, technologies and skills.
Second, students will develop the ability to assess various ways of communicating and acquiring information so that they can choose the most appropriate for a particular circumstance. Students will become adept in this decision making by asking themselves questions such as: Does it promote what is authentically true, good and beautiful? How will the message be received? What impression will the message leave?
Third, Frassati Catholic High School students will learn how to identify those aspects of our culture which can be transformed effectively through technology and media. They will recognize the impact media can have on society and the individual. Although Pier Giorgio Frassati did not have access to digital technology, he understood the power of effective communication. He made good use of modes available to him—letters, speeches, posters, newspapers--to influence political opinion, student groups, and the lives of his friends. Through the courses offered in the Digital Communications and Media Arts Department, students will be given the opportunity to actively use technology and media to lift our culture up to what is true, good and beautiful. The project focused hands-on training of these courses forms students into knowledgeable, responsible and effective communicators.
The mission of the Digital Communications and Media Arts Department will support those of the other Frassati Catholic High School departments. Its mission is deliberately integrative since communication through effective use of technology is crucial to all educational endeavors. It particularly promotes the mission of the Ethics and Culture Department--fostering an intelligent and discriminating use of technology and media to communicate truth and create a culture of communication that upholds the dignity of the human person.