Northeast's Media Academy - Learn Through Real-World Project

Southwest Preparatory School - Northeast Media Education Design Academy (MEDA) participated in a multimedia project that provided a hands-on, real-world learning experience and the opportunity to meet and learn from San Antonio's most successful and distinguished residents. 

This unique project paired 11 students or Mentees from Texas A&M University-San Antonio and Southwest School of Art with 11 San Antonio community leaders or mentors. The mentors and mentees conducted on-camera interviews and participate in a photo session. The students of the Southwest Preparatory School Media Education Design Academy (MEDA) produced all the multimedia work. 

"This real-world multimedia project has been an invaluable learning opportunity for our Southwest Preparatory School MEDA students. They could apply the technical skills they were learning in the classroom as well as learn how to adapt to various filming conditions and challenges that inevitably pop up during a live shoot. To have the opportunity to meet some of San Antonio's most successful professionals and hear their stories was an incredible experience for these young people," says Ray Martinez, Southwest Preparatory School's principal. 

The Kaleidoscope of Arts project produced a community book, San Antonio Inspires, a collection of the mentor's biographies and photographs written by their mentees. The book is available at

About Southwest Preparatory School Multimedia Education Design Academy (MEDA)

MEDA students study communication through photography, video, and computer/digital arts. The MEDA program will equip students to work in the Media Industry through mastery of professional software tools and real-world experience. Open to students in grades 6th - 12th. Learn more about MEDA

        MEDA students:                         

      Are prepared for their future by equipping them with the tools, knowledge, and work ethic in the media industry.

       Study audio, visual, and graphic design in conjunction with courses necessary to graduate in the State of Texas.

       Master an array of software tools and industry-based skills through real-world professional experiences and partnerships.

       Are prepared for success and ready to lead the way in this rapidly changing world.