Digital Media Arts
The Technology courses are designed to give students a solid understanding of the technology tools needed to succeed throughout their academic careers and to foster a higher level understanding of communicating ideas in the 21st century. The 7/8 grade courses are one quarter long, have no pre-requisites, and can be rotated as needed. The 9-12 grade courses are one semester long, and some have pre-requisites.
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Middle School Courses
iWork – Create relevant digital projects using Pages, Keynote, and Numbers on the Mac.
Office 7 – Develop expertise with the Microsoft Office suite – Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
Life (Apple’s iLife Suite) – Create original multimedia projects using Photos, GarageBand and iMovie.
CS8 (Adobe Creative Suite) – Create multimedia projects using Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash and Premiere Elements.
High School Courses
Information Technology in the 21st Century (required)
Students will learn about the origins of networking and the Internet and the evolution of web-based tools and resources. Students will explore and learn how to evaluate various types of websites, particularly academic resources. Students will practice and develop effective and efficient searching skills, utilizing Creative Commons and copyright-friendly resources. Students will apply sound research skills in the creation of academic content. Students will examine current trends in online privacy and digital identity. Students will demonstrate responsible use of social and educational tools and resources. Credit: .5
Learn camera operation, shot composition, shooting techniques, color theory and an introduction to post-processing. Create a digital photography portfolio, written reflections and participate in photo critiques with classmates.
Digital Photography II
Extended Photographic Project
A continued exploration of digital photography as a creative medium, utilizing advanced post- processing. A portion of class time is used to pursue themed photographic interests based on specific photography assignments while stressing critical thinking skills. Students will create their own photography portfolio to showcase their work and write blog posts of their best work from each assignment. Students are required to use their own (non-phone) camera.
Prerequisite: Digital Photography
Are cartoons your favorite kind of TV show? Learn what it takes to make a high-quality animation of your own. This course explores computer animation mainly using Adobe Flash. Students will learn about various animation techniques, including stop motion animation, shape and motion tweening. We will also learn about some of the pioneers of animation and what made them so great.
Did you ever want become a movie actor? Or to direct a film? Maybe you’re a future Oscar-winning screenwriter. Learn the skills necessary to make a quality video. Learn how to effectively operate digital video cameras. Use video editing software to turn raw footage into a polished video product. You will learn camera operation and various planning, filming and editing techniques. You will also explore the many career options in the film industry.
Are you a builder? Fascinated by towering skyscrapers? Ever thought of designing your dream house? This course will explore both the creative and practical sides of commercial and residential architecture. Use several different software products to design a variety of structures, including homes and office buildings. You will even get a chance to design a new school.
Introduction to Programming
Do you really like computers? Do you want to know what really makes them work? It’s programming! Learn the fundamentals of computer programming with several languages, including Microsoft Visual Basic. Learn to apply basic programming techniques in the creation of programs that perform a variety of functions. Learn game creation software and invent your own games. Explore of career opportunities in the programming field.
Advanced Independent Study
Students must create a proposal for an individualized advanced course of study based on prior learning in the Digital Media Arts and Design program. This proposal must be approved by the teacher prior to the start of the semester.
Prerequisite: Digital Photography and Digital Photography II Credit: .5