Introduction to digital media

This course exposes students to career opportunities in the emerging field of digital art and media presentation. This is an introductory class that is required for advanced Digital Media courses, which will introduce students to principles of Animation, Video Technology, Graphic Design & Illustration, and Photography.

Concentrating on the overlap of these four content areas, Introduction to Digital Media explores the Elements of Art; Principles of Design; Color Theory & Digital Color Models; Digital Media Management; and Digital Media Creation. Adobe Photoshop CC and Adobe Premiere CC are used heavily.

  • Grade: 9 - 12

  • One Semester (1/2 credit)

Student projects from Intro to Digital Media


Graphic DEsign and Illustration

This course is a platform for students to nurture their creative and artistic skill sets. Students will use Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign in a contemporary digital arts environment. With Adobe Illustrator, students can become designers and visual storytellers by creating digital artwork for creative and professional outlets. With Adobe InDesign, students will create professional digital products including magazines, books, and brochures. '

  • Grade: 9 - 12

  • One Semester (1/2 credit)

  • Prerequisite: Introduction to Digital Media


Animation I

This course exposes students to a wide range of contemporary 2D-animation techniques and workflows. Students will explore the history and evolution of animation while using modern software to create motion graphic content. Students will execute these skills using Adobe Animate CC (formerly Adobe Flash) and Adobe After Effects CC. Animation I provides an overview of every stage of animation, beginning with storyboarding, character creation, stage design, character rigging, and all the way through a completed animation project. Students will also learn basic sound design and audio production fundamentals to help bring animation and motion graphics projects to life.

  • Grade: 9 - 12

  • One Semester (1/2 credit)

  • Prerequisite: Introduction to Digital Media


Animation II

Animation II continues deeper into advanced animation concepts learned in Animation I. This advanced course also adds 3D-animation to the curriculum, which opens new possibilities for digital artistry. Students will use the opensource software Blender to learn 3D animation principles and workflows. Animation II reinforces and builds on key concepts, such as character design and rigging, 3D lighting, texturing, camera controls, and 3D output workflows. Student will also continue their exploration of sound design and audio production fundamentals to bring their animation and motion graphics projects to life.

  • Grade: 10 - 12

  • One Semester (1/2 credit)

  • Prerequisite: Introduction to Digital Media, Animation I