Academy of
Production and Managerial Arts



The Academy of Production and Managerial Arts at Santa Susana encompasses a comprehensive, rigorous series of hands-on, project based courses and is a program of excellence recognized by the State of California as such.

When you combine backstage, hands on, and industry standards, this is a recipe for employment!

Academy Course List

(Total 50 Units)

ROP Stagecraft Technology (20 Units)
Designed for students who wish to learn about the backstage/’behind thecamera process”. They will learn how to design and use lights, sound,costumes, sets, make-up, props, stage management and technical direction.Designed for students preparing for a career in show business. Students willintern the last 8 weeks of the second semester.

Theatre Essentials (10 Units)
The primary goal of this course is the development of each student’s imagination, problem solving and communicative potential. Students will originate and perform monologues and scenes as well as produce and respond to theatrical productions. Students will also develop a knowledge of and appreciation for drama/theatre heritage.

Digital Photography (5 Units)
Students learn to use an SLR camera at an advanced level. Covering ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, and Manual Modes. We learn composition, shoot elements and principles, editing techniques in Photoshop, and use reflectors for fashions shoots.

Graphics and Publication (5 Units)
In this semester course we learn professional design programs, such as Adobe Photoshop (Editing Images), Adobe Illustrator (Illustration), Adobe InDesign (Layout), Adobe Premiere (Video), and Adobe Animate (2D Animation). We then cover typography, and do graphic design projects such as designing advisement's, posters, and more.

Basic Design (10 Units)
Basic Design is a course which covers drawing, painting, and sculpture, all through the lens of learning and using the elements and principles of art and design. This is a hands on class where students have the opportunity to imagine, create, and problem solve. This class is a prerequisite course for most academies.

Certification Requirements
Recognition - 30 Units
Honors - 40 Units
High Honors - 50 Units

Must take ROP Stagecraft Technology capstone class and complete a senior project.

Courses and Course #’s
Basic Design
(10 units) (Y)
Graphics & Pub (5 units ) (S) - #7849
Digital Photo (5 units ) (S) - #8169
Theatre Essentials (ROP/CTE) (10) #H8236 – 1st Sem.#H8237 – 2nd Sem
ROP Stagecraft Technology (20 units) (Y)

30 units minimum needed to certify in Production and Managerial Arts.

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Santa Susana High School
3570 E. Cochran St.
Simi Valley, CA 93063