David West MEDIA & FILM Teacher

Welcome to Southwest Film and Media

We offer students meaningful learning experiences in Media Arts, Videography and Film History and Critique from 9th grade through 12th grade if a student chooses.

Our IB Film (Standard Level and Higher Level courses) is college level work that can count toward a student's BA depending on the college or University.

Check out and subscribe to our youtube channel. SWFilmMedia

You'll find all the videos from our most recent film festival

Also see examples of  trailers, news packages, vines, commercials, montages and short movies--all assignments in our classes. 

Parents Crush Dreams https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZmmLZ8OMRE

The Yellow Wallpaper Trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gfEoQwHEat4

A film based on one of the IB Learner Profile elements https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwr57pBYsG4

Finally, always stay in touch with Edmodo where all your assignments and due dates are posted. Parents can also follow their kids progress in Media Arts and Film there as well. See or email West for details.










EDMODO where all your assignments are
Advanced Media


·      Provide a broader scope and sequence in Media Arts and Film

·      Offer opportunities for advanced study to the serious media and film student.

·      Offer opportunities to students who want to study media other than Video

·      Increase choices of electives for the larger community

·      Increase the use of video technology in the SWHS community

Media Arts/Video

This hands-on semester course will allow you to produce your own video in several different genres.

Media Arts/Video II

A honing of the production skills practiced in Media Arts/ Video I, this semester course requires successful completion of Media Arts/Video I or instructor approval, self motivation and a high interest in Media.

I.B. Film Standard Level

An exciting year long academic film course that mixes the theoretical with the practical.

I.B. Film Higher Level

The ultimate film course offered at Southwest High School, a two year course blending production and theory, is only open to current juniors who have completed successfully I.B. Film Standard Level.