Grade 15 - Arts, A/V Technology & Communications

Art Careers (Credit: 0.50)

For every Broadway dancer, every television star, and every pop singer, there are countless people behind the scenes helping to make it happen. Arts Careers introduces students to the skills that are part of many fascinating careers in the arts. Studying the arts creates independent and innovative thinkers and many doors are open to an artist with the proper training.

Digital Arts (Credit: 0.50)

The purpose of this course is to provide computer science students with an introduction to visualization graphics programming on personal computers. The course will focus on using a digital camera and practical application of digital imaging programs. Students will learn how to place images in photos and how to mock up drawings of three-dimensional spaces.

Digital Photography (Credit: 0.50)

Understanding the tools available opens the possibilities to create images with impact. In Digital Photography, students will study the history of photography as well as the basic operation of a digital camera. As they are introduced to different styles of photography and photographers, students will begin to develop artistic skills as well as their own voice through their photographs. Materials Needed: Digital camera (tripod, lenses, lights optional), paper, scissors, glue, access to photo manipulation software

Film and Television (Credit: 0.50)

The culture of cinema and television tells a unique story of history and innovation. Students in Film and Television will be introduced to industry icons and stars of the big and small screen. By studying and writing about film and television, students will analyze trends in technology and culture and better understand how to be an informed viewer.

Graphic Design (Credit: 0.50)

Graphic Design is an introduction to elements of design, spatial relationships, typography and imagery as they apply to practical visual solutions for self-promotion, resumes, logo design, Web design, and sequential systems. In this course, the student explores the basic foundations of design through a series of visual projects that explore the principles and elements of design. Students will work both with analog and digital media as they explore two-dimensional and three-dimensional design along with color theory. This course will help develop and explore a student's ability to communicate visually. In each lesson students acquire new skills, which take some effort. Beyond fundamental skills are various levels of creativity. Each lesson provides room for a student to express the technical skill learned in his or her own creative way. Software Needed (Choose One) Adobe Illustrator (there is a cost associated, Mac OS X, Windows) Adobe Photoshop (there is a cost associated, Mac OS X, Windows) GIMP (free downloadable, Mac OS X, Windows, GNU/Linux) Pixlr (free browser-based program, Mac OS X, Windows, GNU/Linux, Chrome OS) Materials triangle Exacto knife markers pencil good paper note pad colored pencils dotted line paper glue stick ruler scanner or camera so you can transmit photos/images of your finished work

Journalism (Credit: 0.50)

This course is designed to prepare you to become a student of journalism and media. The work we do here will equip you with the critical skills you must have to succeed in high school media, college media, and beyond. We will read a variety of journalistic material and do a great deal of news writing. We will also look at journalism from legal, ethical, and historic vantage points. Expect to complete numerous writing activities in a variety of styles including editorial, hard news, feature, review, and more. If you participate actively, you will gain tremendous skills that will serve you for the rest of your life. Individual and group project will also be a part of this class. This course is a project based course and does not include traditional tests, unit level understanding is assessed through unit projects.

Media and Communication (Credit: 0.50)

From banner ads to billboards, newspaper articles, and Facebook feeds, people are constantly sharing ideas. This course looks at the many facets of mass media. Students will learn how the media shapes every aspect of our lives. We examine the role of newspapers, books, magazines, radio, movies, television, and the growing influence of Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

Photojournalism (Credit: 0.50)

A powerful image can tell an eloquent story without words. Students in Photojournalism will be introduced to some of the pioneers who set the standards for this unique way of storytelling. As they study the principal types of photojournalism and the ethical responsibilities a photojournalist has behind the lens, students will develop their own storytelling skills through their writing and their photographs.

Materials Needed:

Digital camera (tripod, lenses, lights optional)

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