High School Digital Arts Courses

COMPUTER GRAPHICS (GRADES 9-12)
Course Credit: 1
Duration: Full Year
Prerequisites: None

This design course is project based with individual instruction.

Emphasis will be on developing skills necessary for the comfortable and effective use of the computer to create art. Students will use the basics of color and composition theory to create fine art, magazine layouts, advertisements, and desktop publishing projects. Software will include Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. Students will also have the opportunity to integrate projects from other courses into Computer Graphics projects.

Grading will concentrate on effort and not artistic ability.


FLASH ANIMATION/WEB DESIGN (GRADES 9-12)
Course Credit: 1
Duration: Full Year
Prerequisites: Computer Graphics or Instructor's Permission

This design course is project based. The student works at thier own pace.

In this course students use Macromedia Flash MX 2004, Adobe Photoshop, and Illustrator and to design web pages and to create graphics and animations for web page design, as well as free standing animations.

The focus of this class is on the design elements of shape, color, texture, typography, and images as they are applied to web pages (not just bells and whistles!). Students will work on projects that integrate elements such as buttons, navigation bars, and background images as well as animation to communicate creative visual information.

Grading will concentrate on effort and not artistic ability.


CADD (COMPUTER AIDED DRAFTING AND DESIGN) (GRADES 9-12)
Course Credit: Half or Full Year
Duration: 1 and/or 2 Semesters
Prerequisites: None

This design course is project based. It is an introduction to the basic functions and applications of the PC as a tool of design, emphasis will be on developing skills necessary for the comfortable and effective use of the computer for creating technical and architectural drawings using the software, AutoCAD LT 2004. The focus for the second semester will be on architectural design and will culminate with construction of a scaled model.

Grading will concentrate on effort and not artistic ability.


INTERIOR DESIGN (GRADES 9-12)
Course Credit: 1/2 - 1
Duration: Half or Full Year
Prerequisites: 1/2 Credit of CADD

This art course serves as an introduction to the fundamentals of space planning and decoration of residential interiors. Emphasis will be on design basics, color schemes, furniture styles, fabrics, furniture placement and traffic patterns as well as drawing floor plans and elevations by hand and using AutoCAD Lt 2004.

Grading will concentrate on effort and not artistic ability.



DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPH (GRADES 9-12)
Course Credit: 1/2 or 1
Duration: Half or Full Year
Prerequisites: None

This art course is project based with individual instruction.

Students will study digital photographic and editing techniques using Adobe PhotoShop. Topics will include artistic composition, resolution, lighting, printing, mounting and display. Projects will reflect themes and/or artistic techniques.
Grading will concentrate on effort and not artistic ability.

PLEASE NOTE: Students must own, or have access to a digital camera to complete this course of study. Thi is a homework-oriented class – students will take photos during non-school hours to complete this course.



Digital Arts Department