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The Magic of Multimedia: 6th-8th Grade: 7/31-8/4


Monday, July 31 - Friday, August 4, 2017


9:00 am - 3:00 pm


CCSU Main Campus, 1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT


Duane P. Pierre





Course Description

Audience: This program is for middle school students entering grade 6 through 8 in the Fall 2017.


Students will explore transmedia production and related fields, including videography, photography, editing, audio production and game design.  They will learn the hardware and software needed to design, produce and implement an interactive game with web-based components that will combine movie making, visual arts, editing and sound design.


This includes an introduction to transmedia production (how to tell a story across multiple media platforms); digital storytelling (how different media can be used to graft different narratives); videography, audio and sound design; photography; editing and the how to design interactive games that use the same NFC (near field communications) technology used in popular toys like Disney Infinity, Lego Dimensions, Skylanders and Nintendo Amiibo.


They will use immersive hands-on exercises that mirror the opportunities that exist in companies like Disney, Warner Brothers and NBC/Universal.  They will also learn about the various opportunities within the entertainment industry and explore how the interconnectivity of media fields through technology has created a landscape with promising job prospects and ample educational opportunities.


They will also have the opportunity to use their production skills to help support healthy media habits and internet safety to their peers. 

Instructor Information

Duane P. Pierre

Duane P. Pierre is an alumnus of Central Connecticut State University’s (CCSU) Department of Communication with over 27 years of production experience in both the private and public sector.  He is the founder of ParaDYM, Inc. an educational and vocational training company that uses media production modules to prepare youth for post-secondary education and entrance into the 21st Century workforce.  Mr. Pierre has worked in both radio and television, but it was his years of volunteering with youth that lead to the founding of ParaDYM in 2008.  Returning to his alma mater to implement his vision, Mr. Pierre has partnered with CCSU’s Office of Community Engagement and Department of Communication to create an afterschool program, ParaDYM Academy, which connects New Britain High School students with mentors from CCSU on community engagement projects for nonprofits throughout the City of New Britain.  Since its inception in 2010, ParaDYM Academy as worked with over 150 youth and 20 CCSU mentors to create an annual average of 600 hours of free media services to local nonprofits.

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