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4300 E. Sunrise Drive, Tucson Arizona 85718
Phone number: 520-209-8300 | Fax: 520-209-8520
Attendance Line: 520-209-8318
School Hours: 8:35am-3:25pm
Counseling Office 520-209-8305
Health Office: 520-209-8304
Athletics Office: 520-209-8412
Registrar: 520-209-8385
School Code: 030476

Ms. Jody Brase
Principal

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Catalina Foothills High School

Career and Technical Education Courses


Film and TV

Program Description

The Film and TV program is designed to prepare students to apply technical knowledge and skill in the broadcast journalism, film video, and live or mixed media productions, as well as prepare students for employment in various positions within Radio, TV and Film Industries.


Student Organization

Film and TV students are encouraged to join this CTSO

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Industry Certification

Adobe Premiere Pro

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Course Sequence (2 to 3 Years)

Film and TV 1: Media

Grade 10|11|12

Film and TV 1 provides students with the skills and knowledge to master lighting, camera operation, visual composition, live video switching, storytelling, basic audio production and editing. The students produce specially designed video projects that apply technical knowledge and skills in production of television programs.


Film and TV 2: Media

Grade 11|12

Film and TV 2 builds on the skills learned in Film and TV 1. This advanced class will focus on broadcast and industrial video production techniques. Podcasts as well as streaming production techniques will be covered.


Film and TV 3: Media

Grade 12

Film and TV 3 provides a focus on creating, critiquing and producing actual video for TV and broadcast productions that will meet the needs of clients or be submitted for distribution/competition. Students will prepare and take Adobe Premiere Pro industry certification.


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College Options

University of Arizona

Arizona State University

Best Film and TV Colleges Princeton Review


Employment Outlook:

Annual salary based on data from www.onetonline.org

  • Audio-Visual Specialists: Earn $38,130 - $41,830 per year
  • Broadcast Technicians: Earn $33,880 per year
  • Camera Operators: Earn $46,300 per year
  • Editors: Earn $46,450 per year
  • Film and Video Editors: Earn $41,650 per year
  • News Reporters: Earn $38,970 - $61,490 per year

Alumni Stories

Sam Sandweiss ‘11

I got my start as a filmmaker by taking beginning media production at Foothills. Fun fact: Freshman year, I won a film contest with two other CFHS students. Kate Bradley, Dylan Souza and I created a video that shows an Entertainment book ripping itself apart and forming pictures of items people could save money on if they purchased the book. The coupon books were the ones that the band sold as a fundraiser, so band is technically a part of my film career as well!

After graduation, I studied film production and interactive media games at USC. I’m currently a film producer for Godmother Industries. Prior to that, I was the head of production for Breakwater Studios, where I produced, budgeted, scheduled, cast, and location scouted two separate web-series episodes for NBC/Universal.

Advice to current students: stay connected to CFHS through the alumni social media sites. Through the alumni program on Facebook, I connected with fellow grad and filmmaker Jackson Stewart, who released a horror film late last year. I just finished mine, and there will hopefully be more news about it in the coming months!

Left: Sam at Foothills, Right: Sam today.


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