AB 37 Media Arts Standards Q and A

AB 37 – Media Arts Education Q and A

Top line summary:  This bill promotes arts education for the digital age.

What does the bill do?

  • Promotes art education for the digital age by creating the state’s first set of standards in the subject of media arts.
  • Authorizes the state to adopt instructional materials in media arts, giving teachers access to high quality media arts teaching materials.

What is media arts?

  • Media arts is technology-based art for creative expression, communication, and design.
  • Examples include video production, sound design, game design, online and mobile media design, multimedia live production, and virtual and augmented reality.

Why is the bill needed?

  • Dramatic changes in technology are enabling new forms of creative expression.  These forms of technology are more accessible than ever before.  There is a high workforce demand for these skills.
  • California, the world leader in technology and innovation, should establish standards in media arts in order to support and promote this important subject matter.
  • Current law authorizes standards for four arts subjects:  music, visual arts, dance, and theatre.  Legislation is needed to establish media arts as a distinct subject.
  • The National Core Arts Standards (the arts education equivalent of the Common Core standards) establishes media arts as a separate subject.  So far, nine states have adopted media arts as a subject.

Does this bill create a new credential?

No.  Statute would have to be changed to do so and that is not part of this bill.

Why do we need these standards if there are media arts standards in CTE?

The CTE media arts standards limited to grades 7-12, and are geared towards specific career skills.  Media arts standards authorized by this bill will be broader, deeper, and approach media arts as a platform for artistic expression.