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66084 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. 

 

66086 Digital Arts and Design II (10-11)

  • Prerequisite: Digital Arts & Design I

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.

 

66086 Digital Arts and Design II Publication (10-11) 

  • Prerequisite: Digital Arts & Design I; 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. 

 

66087 Digital Arts and Design III (11-12)

  • Prerequisite: Digital Arts and Design II

  • Industry Certification Opportunity: Adobe Certified Associate Industry Certification 

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.  

 

66086 Digital Arts and Design III Publication (11-12) 

  • Prerequisite: Digital Arts & Design II; Teacher recommendation

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. 

 

6C11H07 Applied Arts Practicum (School-Based Enterprise) / Help Desk II (11-12)

  • Prerequisite: Digital Arts & Design III 

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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