Media Production Technology Academy Debut

Our new Academy is live and thriving!

Lights!  Camera!  Action!

  • The Academy of Media Production Technology offers students the opportunity to get hands-on experience in filmmaking.

    Learn the power of visual storytelling by using lighting, camera angles and special effects to create videos, short films, webcasts, and more. 

    Content will include, but is not limited to, the history of cinema, the use of photo editing software, production and writing management, art direction, lighting, cinematography, audio production, and pre/post production.   

    Students will prepare for initial employment in the Media Production field as equipment operators, camera assistants, sound equipment operators, editing operators, grips and lighting equipment operators, set builders and visual effects artists.   


    Magnet Application Information

    Applications for the 2024-2025 school year will open on January 16, 2024 and close at 4:00 p.m. on February 13, 2024.  You must have the application completed by 4:00 on that day in order to be considered for the first round of review.  Any applications after that time will be processed as a late application.  The link to the application will be on the district’s magnet website (  The open house schedule, as well as links to each program are also on that site. 

    If you have program specific questions, please contact us at the school.  For general questions, please contact the district magnet office by emailing or by calling 352-955-7121.


What classes would I take?

  • Digital Cinema Production 1  - History of cinema, the production process, intellectual property rights, computer skills, video editing software, and production writing.

    Digital Cinema Production 2 Program management, character development, storyboarding, lighting and audio.

    Digital Cinema Production 3 - Camera movement, cinematography and directing, special effects lighting, grips, dollies, cranes, jibs, and arms.

    Digital Cinema Production 4 - Use of cameras, art direction, and image editing software

    Digital Cinema Production 5 - Advanced cinematic technology and production, including color theory and sound design. 




Academy Instructor

  • Nicole Tart is the 2022 - 2023 Teacher of the Year for the Professional Academies Magnet!  She has over 25 years of teaching in the performing arts.  Her experience extends far beyond the classroom, moving onto the stage and screen.  As a performer, director, musician, production technician, and educator, she is perfectly positioned as the Academy of Media Production Technology director.