Education for All

On December 10, 2013 by Lori Z

This is a post by JBFC Education Assistant Karolina Manko

10.8.13_DigitalStorytelling_photo_Zekiye (2)Digital Storytelling and other Adult Course Offerings

One of the most empowering realizations we can have as people is that the stories that we carry within ourselves, the stories that define us as individuals, are priceless tools that can help us shape the world in which we live.

The JBFC is committed to supporting individuals with the language and skills needed to communicate and connect through the power of story. Digital Storytelling: Looking In/Out, just one of the many adult classes offered at the Media Arts Lab, is available both during the spring and fall semesters. Looking In (available this spring!) focuses on exploration of the self as storyteller; while Looking Out explores places and people as story elements with the power to shape, guide, and affect.

Digital Storytelling is a good balance of introductory and intermediate level instruction. Mostly, the class revolves around individual activities that are completed in a group environment. Each student has the opportunity to explore his/her own story in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere. Throughout the semester, students work with photos, videos, audio tracks, and various editing software programs in order to explore, shape, and share their personal stories. Brady Shoemaker, Director of Curriculum at the JBFC, explains that the class’ main focus is to learn about the basic building blocks of visual storytelling, and to examine how images affect us.

Check out this Digital Storytelling video created by Simon Hollander

However, if production isn’t your thing the Media Arts Lab offers a variety of other adult classes ranging from writing (i.e.: The Power of Story series) to software exploration (i.e.: Intro to Photoshop) to film studies (i.e.: Film Style & Form.) Currently our online registration is open for the Spring 2014 semester. Please check our website for full course-descriptions and to find a complete listing of all the adult classes we offer.

Come Visit Us!

We will also be offering a Tour of the Lab (FREE!) this week on Thursday, December 12th at 5:30pm. Come on by to explore our state-of-the-art building, meet with faculty, and learn about all of our course offerings! (No preregistration required. Tour lasts approximately 45 minutes.)

As always, if you have questions, please feel free to contact our registrar by email ( or by phone (914) 773-7663, ext. 8. We encourage you to explore the education section of our website as well.

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