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Course Name: Digital Photography
WaterColor
Grade: 10th-11th
Credit: 1
Duration: Full Year
Prerequisite: N/A
Description: This course will help the students become well rounded in the fundamentals of digital photography. Four areas of instruction will be emphasized: How cameras work, how composition works, how lighting works (real and fake), briefly show how to use photo editing software (Adobe Photoshop). Students will, generally, receive basic instruction, demonstration, and see samples of the desired outcomes, at the beginning of each project. They will be allowed to go outside and shoot assignments, based on what they are learning. Perhaps the most useful part of classroom instruction will be daily reviews of photos students have shot and manipulated the previous day(s). They will see what makes a successful photo and what does not / know and understand how to make a not so good photo a successful one by editing it. Cover topics such as, Various Camera Modes and their uses, Flash Modes, ISO settings, White Balance, Drive Modes, ExposureCompensation, Focusing Options, Depth of Field (Depth of Focus), Portraiture, Landscape, Action Photography, Still Life, Fine Art Photography, Black and White, Basic Photo Composition (Including: Rule of 3rds, Leading Lines, Framing Subjects, etc.), Basic Photo Editing (Using Photoshop), Special Photoshop Creative Ideas involving use of layers, Knowledge of Pixels, Mega Pixels, DPI, PPI.
 
 
 
  
Course Name: Graphic Design I & II
Grade: 11th-12th
Credit: 0.5 each
Duration: 1 Semester Each
Prerequisite: N/A
Description: The graphic design classes will provides in depth training in the field of Graphic Design and prepares students to design and produce a variety of print and electronic media. Students will complete a wide array of design projects that incorporate the elements and principals of good design as well as learn successful techniques for planning, designing and creating illustrations including: various print media, (page layouts, business cards, logos, branding, identity, advertising, flyers, cards, signs, brochures etc.) digital photography, and how to incorporate images, type, and design into visual real world layouts. They learn how to address all aspects of graphic communications in order to create successfully delivered messages. The classes include exploring different cultural influences, historical periods and movements in art and design. Through lecture, research, reading materials and assigned projects, the course emphasizes the elements and principles of art in a manner that engages students. Students will work in a state of the art Apple IMac Lab that utilizes the latest industry-standard graphics software - Adobe Design Premium Creative Suite 5. Through lectures, software demonstrations and hands-on exercises and projects, students will acquire the skills and knowledge to use the computer as a design tool.
 
 
 

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Course Name: Digital Arts  
Credit: 1Grade: 12th
Duration: Full Year
Prerequisite: N/A
Description: This course is intended to provide intensive training in the creation and editing of digital graphics for print and web in the industry-standard applications of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign. Students will be able to apply creative, critical thinking and problem-solving skills across computer media by demonstrating a working knowledge of the applications, demonstrating an understanding of design and composition, understanding how creative processes are integrated in the production of digital graphics, and demonstrating an appreciation of digital graphic design as an art form and a means of communication. Students will be proficient in the use of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign and have a working knowledge of the integration of the three applications in the graphic design process. Students will know how to problem-solve and be creative and critical thinkers as they create graphics and communicate ideas using their acquired skills and vocabulary in each of the three applications and as they utilize a working knowledge of design and composition. Students will be prepared for the Adobe Certified Associate in Visual Communications using Photoshop. Students will have a portfolio of work and be qualified for entry-level jobs in the graphic design and media industries. Students will learn to create and edit of digital graphics for print and web in the industry-standard applications of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign. Students will practice and apply the applications learned by developing a portfolio of professional projects. Additionally, the Lab will include guest speakers, project critique sessions and other professional experiences. Click  here  for Ms.Frustere's class syllabus.
 
 
 
 
Course Name: Visual Arts Portfolio
Grade: 9th
DonnaArtCPBN
Credit: 1
Duration: full year
Prerequisite: N/A
Description: Visual Arts Portfolio course is an introductory art course designed for any student who has had no previous experience in a high school art course and required by any ninth grade student who wishes to continue in the studio program. The course is designed to provide students with the foundations of artistic expression Students will learn how to manipulate the design elements and principles of organization, as well as a variety of media to communicate ideas creatively. Art Fundamentals applies cooperative and independent, as well as differential learning strategies in its approach to art making, art history, criticism and aesthetics. Art Fundamentals will provide students with the basic skills needed to further study and practice upon a passing grade and teacher recommendation.
 

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