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Applications are available on the PGHS and KAMS websites.

For more information please contact Kristina Norsworthy 

Our Facilities

The Digital Media Academy is able offer students a unique experience because of our facilities.  

  • A fully operational TV studio - broadcasting weekly to the entire school
  • Current, industry standard video production software - Adobe Creative Suite 5.5
  • A PC and Mac Lab for video production
  • Multiple cameras and microphone for video projects
  • Advanced equipment for on location video shoots

DMA at work and Play

Bandy, Jerry
English Teacher
Brown, Rejeania
Theatre Program Director/ DMA Co-Coordinator
Doyle, De Laire
French, Monica
Social Science Teacher
Hoyle, Christy
English Teacher
Keplinger, Taigan
Vice Principal
Moreno, Jorge
Social Science Teacher
Norsworthy, Kristina
Robison, Melisa
Taylor, Jeremiah
Wanless, Molly
Young, Russell
English Teacher

Digital Media Academy/PGTV

PGTV Studios

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For much more information about the Digital Media Academy check out our website


The Digital Media Academy – DMA

            The Digital Media Academy or DMA is a 4-year academy that centers itself around the career path of Digital Media Production.  The academy allows students a first rate, hands on learning environment in all aspects of digital media production as well the opportunity to bond with and learn from students who have a shared interest in creativity and technology.

            Students develop a foundation in visual art in 9th grade and by 12th grade are conceiving, producing, shooting, editing and broadcasting their own digital media packages.  Students will take classes in a fully functional television studio – PGTV Studios – they work with industry standard software programs and hardware.  Students work both in front of and behind the camera as well as learning the skill of live broadcasting.  Academy students produce PGTV, a broadcast done weekly to the entire school community.

            The DMA not only serves those students who are interested in digital media production, but also students interested in broadcast journalism, film studies, marketing, public relations and communications.  The DMA maintains an advisory board of industry professionals and has a relationship with KCRA Sacramento.  DMA is a unique academy not only because of the hands-on learning opportunities it offers but also because it sits at the forefront of a growth industry - digital media technology.

*The 4-YearVideo Production Career Path:

9th – Animation 1:  Covers both the art and technology related to Digital Media Production

10th – Digital Media Arts 1:  Students will get instruction in industry standard video editing software, Adobe Creative Suite 5.5.  Students will learn the basics of video editing and computer generated special effects.

11th – Digital Media Arts 2 or Animation 2:   In Video Production 2 students will work in teams to create broadcast quality programming.   They will work closely with the Drama, Music and Athletic programs at PG to create long form video programming.  Animation 2  The curriculum is geared toward individuals who wish to use and develop their creative expression skills, in conjunction with professional-level computer software techniques, to create original animated content.

12th – Advanced Broadcasting and Production CTE or Animation 3:  This class gives students the opportunity to create their own videos, broadcast to the entire school on a weekly basis.  Past student projects have ranged from school news, music videos, public service announcements and others all broadcast live to the school community.  Students can earn college credit for this course. Animation 3 - In this course students develop a short animation films go deeper into perfecting their craft both as animators and artists.


*Course offerings subject to change 



Academies Work!

"A good deal of research has shown that Career Academies improve the performance of students enrolled in them, in terms of such indicators as attendance, credits earned toward graduation, grades, and graduation rates.  Attempts to analyze the reason for these effects suggest that the central features that define an Academy all play a role, particularly small friendly nature of the program and the close contact among students and teachers."  

Internship Handbook for Career Academies, Career Academy Support Network, University of California, Berkeley

Digital Media Academy Goals

Upon Graduation from Pleasant Grove High School as a member of the Digital Media Academy we hope you will be able to say the following:

1.  You learned and had a good time doing it.

2.  You created lasting relationships that will go beyond high school.

3.  You are a highly competent video editor, director and producer.

4.  You have built a list of accomplishments that you are able to feature on college application

5.  Your hands on learning in the academy has prepared you for life after high school.

As Seen On PGTV

Advisory Board

Douglas Holdren, Director KCRA

Chris Murray, Senior Editor, Trapeeze 

Marianne Russ, Reporter Capitol Public Radio

Brian Hamm, Cinematographer

Phuong Nguyen,  Motion Graphic Designer Editor 

Gary Martin, Executive Director Access Sacramento