Legislation was introduced December 2016 that willl help California showcase its role as a world leader by improving media arts education so students will be better prepared for jobs in movies, animation, video games, virtual reality, and other media arts fields. This announcement came from Tom Torlakson, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The bill, AB 37, was introduced by Assembly member Patrick O'Donnell of Long Beach.
"Classes in media arts teach young people how to express themselves creatively using the technology of today and the emergin technologies of the future," O'Donnell said. "As a world leader in technological innovation, California should have strong programs in our schools that foster these valuable and increasingly marketable artistic skills. "
Updated media arts standards will help teachers improve their practices and set rigorous learning expectations fro students. Media arts has six categories: animation, cinema, digital sound production, imaging design, interactive design, and virtual design. Students will also learn how to collaborate, be flexible and adaptive, and work in teams, Torlakson said. Employers value these skills.
AB 37 requires Torlakson to select a group of expert elementary and secondary school teacher swho will recommend standards for media arts education. Torlakson and the Instructional Quality Commission will conduct public hearing and report by November 2018 to the State Board of Education. If the bill passes, it would go into effect on January 1, 2018.
News Release - Legislation to Promote Media Arts Education