VISUAL ARTS

Digital Media

Graphic Design & 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 - Credit 0.5 Prerequisite: Intro 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 - Credit 0.5 Prerequisite: Intro 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 open-source 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. Students will also continue their exploration of sound design and audio production fundamentals to bring their animation and motion graphics projects to life. Grade: 9 - 12 One Semester - Credit 0.5 Prerequisite: Intro to Digital Media, Animation I




Intro 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 - Credit 0.5 Prerequisite: None





Art

Art I


This course is primarily a studio-based course emphasizing the development of the skills necessary to produce art in a variety of media. Students will learn techniques for drawing realistically as well as working from imagination with a wide range of drawing materials: ebony pencil, charcoal, pastel, pen, and ink. They will learn painting techniques in both acrylic and watercolor.The students will be introduced to the art of calligraphy. In the three-dimensional area, students will learn hand building techniques for pottery and sculpting in clay. Art history and appreciation are drawn upon to broaden students’ understanding of other cultures as well as their own, and relate their classroom experiences to the wider art world. Grade: 9 - 12 All Year - Credit 1 Prerequisite: None




AP Art History


This course helps students deepen their understanding and knowledge of architecture, sculpture, painting, and other art forms within diverse historical and cultural perspectives. Students examine major art works from the past. The course also places an emphasis on understanding art in its historical context which is becoming increasingly important at the college level and in the academic world. Advanced Placement Art History requires students to draw from a wide range of respected sources for their study. This class prepares students for the AP exam in May. Grade: 11 - 12 All Year - Credit 1 Prerequisite: Instructor approval




AP Drawing


AP Drawing is designed for serious students of art.This AP course is not based on a written exam. The goal is to create a 24-piece portfolio of college-level art work and submit it in May for evaluation. A qualifying portfolio score can earn you college credit. This course requires the student to submit 24 works of art in any two-dimensional process or medium including, but not limited to, drawing, painting, print-making, mixed media, digital imaging, collage, etc. This course greatly expands the traditional concept of drawing beyond works in pencil on white paper. This class prepares students for the AP exam in May. Grade: 11 - 12 All Year - Credit 1 Prerequisite: Instructor approval




Art II


Art II offers an in-depth study of the areas covered in Art I with greater expectations for individual motivation, creativity, and accomplishment. More emphasis will be placed on the preparation and display of student work. Grade: 10 - 12 All Year - Credit 1 Prerequisite: Art I




Art IV


Art IV is for the committed art student who seeks to deepen understanding and further develop skills. Emphasis is placed on greater student involvement in designing projects and choosing good subjects. While close guidance will be provided for students to build a portfolio aiding them in college entrance and scholarship acquisition, the course is open to students who simply wish to continue their pursuit of art at a deeper level. Grade: 11 - 12 All Year - Credit 1 Prerequisite: Art III




Art III


Art III is for the committed art student who seeks to deepen understanding and further develop skills. Emphasis is placed on greater student involvement in designing projects and choosing good subjects. While close guidance will be provided for students to build a portfolio aiding them in college entrance and scholarship acquisition, the course is open to students who simply wish to continue their pursuit of art at a deeper level. Grade: 11 - 12 All Year - Credit 1 Prerequisite: Art II





Broadcast & Photography

Photography I


The purpose of this class is twofold: to photograph and document the activities of NCHS (these photographs will be provided to the NCHS Yearbook and media program), and to engage in photography as an artform. Students will learn the basics of digital photography, digital media management, and digital photo-manipulation. Students will learn to use the DSLR camera, various lenses, and Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and InDesign. Students will learn principles of art, design, and color, and will study contemporary and historically significant photographers. Reliability and willingness to work outside school hours are required. Grade: 10 - 12 All Year - Credit 1 Prerequisite: None




Photography II


This course is an extension of Photography I. Students are required to take on the role of director, editor, and leader who enhances the classroom with their experience. Students are also asked to attend a summer workshop to help prepare for their roles in leadership. Grade: 11 - 12 All Year - Credit 1 Prerequisite: Photography I




AP 2D Art & Design (Photography III)


Students in AP 2D Art & Design will work toward the three required AP portfolios in breadth, concentration, and quality. Student work should showcase the broadness of skills in design, investigating a visual idea or concept, and executing highest-level work using photography, digital darkroom, and design guidelines. This course culminates in an AP portfolio, which should be recognized by participat- ing universities for college credit. Grade: 1 2 All Year - Credit 1 Prerequisite: Photography II




Broadcasting I


This course offers the student an opportunity to be a part of the NCHS Broadcast staff. All aspects of broadcast production are covered, including on and off-camera video journalism, DSLR camera operation, video production, audio engineering, live broadcast production, and creative short-film production. Students will utilize video editing software such as Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere CC. Staff members will also plan and execute the production schedule for weekly broadcasts during the school year as well as special events and sporting events. Reliability and willingness to work outside school hours are required. Grade: 10 - 12 All Year - Credit 1 (Technology) Prerequisite: None




Broadcast Leadership


Second year of this course. Instructor approval needed. Grade: 11 - 12 All Year - Credit 1 (Technology) Prerequisite: Broadcasting I





Art

Broadcast & Photography

Digital Media

4501 Bridge St.

Fort Worth, Texas 76103

817-457-2920

Nolan Catholic High School is a College Preparatory High School (grades 9-12). NCHS was established in 1961 and is accredited by the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops Education Department (TCCB ED)Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and AdvancED.

The purpose of TCCB ED is to assist Catholic schools in the state of Texas with 1) continuous school improvement initiatives, 2) accountability with best educational practices, 3) strengthening of mission and identity, and 4) improving academic performance.

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