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Digital Arts and Design I (9-10)

  • Prerequisite: None

This course provides a foundation in design concepts and applies these concepts to the visual art, design, printing, and photography industries. Course content is designed to foster skills and understanding that are essential in modern digital design. Focus will be on developing an understanding of key design concepts and strategies, along with design challenges that translate into creative communication solutions which accurately and effectively reach targeted audiences. Students will explore various applications of design through extensive study of typography, photography, photo enhancement with Photoshop CC editing software and photography using Canon digital cameras, composition, visual elements, color, and various problem-solving tasks.  In addition, students will begin compiling artifacts for inclusion in a digital portfolio which they will carry with them throughout the full sequence of courses in this program of study. At the end of the course there is an option to take an Adobe Photoshop certification exam. This course satisfies the state “Fine Arts” graduation credit. 

 

Digital Arts and Design II (10-11)

  • Prerequisite: Level 1 in the Digital Arts Pathway

This course builds on the foundational core elements learned in Digital Arts and Design I and is designed to reinforce skills and support understanding essential in modern digital graphics, motion graphics, publishing, web, film, video, photography, and animation graphics industries.  Students will gain mastery of various applications of design through continued study of typography, photography, photo enhancement with Photoshop CC editing software, vector and graphic creation with Illustrator CC, layout designs with Indesign CC, style, composition, visual elements, color, overview of design industries, career exploration, business management, and more focused problem-solving tasks.  This course also prepares students for entry into career/post-secondary education in the visual arts industry and provides laboratory facilities and experiences that simulate those found in the graphic design industry.  In addition, students will continue compiling artifacts for inclusion in a digital portfolio which they will carry with them throughout the full sequence of courses in this program of study. In addition students will be able to take a certification exam in Adobe Illustrator at the end of this course. Students have the option to take the yearbook section of this class and work on the student publication while completing the standards.

 

Digital Arts and Design II: Publication (10-11) 

  • Prerequisite: Level 1 of the Digital Arts Pathway; Teacher recommendation

This course is designed to broaden the foundation of design concepts and understanding fostered in Digital Arts 1 and use those skills to create student publications such as the yearbook, video announcements, online newspaper, radio broadcasts, and video interviewing.  Industry standard software is used, as well as studying the cost of design and career exploration.  In addition, students will continue compiling artifacts for inclusion in a digital portfolio which they will carry with them throughout the full sequence of courses in this program of study. 

 

Digital Arts and Design III (11-12)

  • Prerequisite: Level 1-2 of the Digital Arts Pathway

  • Industry Certification Opportunity: Adobe Certified Associate Industry 

This course is designed to broaden the foundation of design concepts and understanding related to modern communications design and will foster advanced integrated skills in digital graphics, photography, and the use of industry standard software,  Adobe Suite. Students will utilize research techniques to plan and enhance project outcomes.  Standards in this course also include professionalism and ethics, career exploration, and business and project management.  In addition students will continue compiling artifacts for inclusion in a digital portfolio which they will carry with them throughout the full sequence of courses in this pathway. This course may be taken for two semesters to receive two credits.  Students have the option to take the yearbook section of this class and work on the student publication while completing the standards.  

 

Digital Arts and Design III: Publication (11-12) 

  • Prerequisite: Level 1-2 of the Digital Arts Pathway; Teacher recommendation

  • Industry Certification Opportunity: Adobe Certified Associate Industry 

This course is designed to broaden the foundation of design concepts and understanding fostered in Digital Arts II, and use those skills to create student publications such as the yearbook, video announcements, online newspaper, radio broadcasts, and video interviewing.  Industry standard software is used, as well as studying the cost of design and career exploration.  In addition, students will continue compiling artifacts for inclusion in a digital portfolio which they will carry with them throughout the full sequence of courses in this program of study. 

 

Applied Arts Practicum (School-Based Enterprise) / Help Desk II (11-12)

  • Prerequisite: Level 1-3 of the Digital Arts Pathway

This is a capstone course intended to provide students with the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge learned in previous arts, a/v technology & communications courses within a professional working environment. In addition to developing an understanding of the professional and ethical issues encountered by professionals in these careers, students learn to refine their skills in problem solving, research, communication, teamwork and project management through the completion of a course-long project. The course is highly customizable to meet local system needs. Instructions may be delivered through school laboratory training or through work-based learning arrangements such as internships, service learning, and job shadowing. Upon completion of the practicum, proficient students will be prepared to pursue post-secondary studies in arts, a/v technology, or communications programs or seek additional training or employment with the aid of the portfolio which documents the student’s work completed throughout the program of study.  

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A/V Production I 

  • Prerequisite: N/A

A/V Production I is a foundational course in the Arts, A/V Technology, & Communications cluster for students interested in A/V (audio/visual) production occupations. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be able to explain and complete the phases of the production process including pre-production, production, and post-production. Students will establish basic skills in operating cameras, basic audio equipment, and other production equipment. Standards in this course include career exploration, an overview of the history and evolution of A/V production, and legal issues affecting A/V production. In addition, students will begin compiling artifacts for inclusion in a portfolio, which they will carry with them throughout the full sequence of courses in this program of study.

 

A/V Production II 

  • Prerequisite: A/V Production Level 1

A/V Production II is the second course in the A/V Production program of study intended to prepare students for a career in audio/visual production. Building on knowledge acquired in A/V Production I, this course advances technical skill in utilizing industry equipment related to lighting and audio, and it places special emphasis on the research and technical writing involved in planning productions. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be able to plan, capture, and edit research-based productions of increasing complexity, individually and through collaboration in teams. In addition to more robust career preparation, standards in this course include an investigation of concerns affecting A/V production businesses, such as ethical and legal issues, technology, funding, and the organization of professional roles in various industries. Students will continue compiling artifacts for inclusion in their portfolios, which they will carry with them throughout the full sequence of courses in this program of study.

 

A/V Production III 

  • Prerequisite: A/V Production Level 1 and 2

A/V Production III is an applied-knowledge course intended to prepare students to pursue careers and postsecondary learning in audio/visual production. Students in this course will apply knowledge and skills from previous courses in the program of study to create productions both independently and in teams, with the option of participating in a work-based learning experience for additional credit. Students will use industry equipment and technology to complete all phases of the production process, including planning, coordinating, capturing, editing, and distributing productions. Standards in this course include policies and regulations, independent and collaborative productions, distribution of media, and the production of live events. Students will continue compiling artifacts for inclusion in their portfolios, which they will carry with them throughout the full sequence of courses in this program of study. Upon completion of this course, proficient students will be prepared for a career in audio/visual production or to transition to a postsecondary program for further study. 

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