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A926 CP Digital Studio I
This beginning level course is intended to give students an introduction to making fine art on the Apple computer. Students will learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, and will use digital cameras, scanners, and graphics tablets to manipulate and create their own original imagery. The class will include periodic critiques of student work. Students will keep a journal as an idea book or sketchbook to collect images and reflect on their work in class. Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12; Length: One Semester; Credits: 10

A960 CP Digital Studio 2
digital_studio.jpgThis is an advanced level course intended for students who have completed Digital Studio 1 who want to further develop their skills with digital media such as Photoshop and Illustrator. Students will continue to explore the themes of appropriation, dream-worlds, text and image, and collaboration throughout the course, using new tools and more advanced techniques as platforms for self-expression. This course will include frequent class critiques of students’ work. Students will be required to keep a paper journal or online blog as an idea book or sketchbook to collect images and reflect on their work in class. Students will be required to complete a research project and presentation on a fine artist currently employing digital media in his or her work. Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12; Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisite: Digital Studio 1

A966 PF Digital Studio 3 (Portfolio)
This course is designed for the Digital Studio or Animation student who would like to develop a portfolio using digital tools. Emphasis will be placed on advanced techniques that build upon previous skills and concepts learned in Digital Studio 1 and 2, or Animation. Students will continue to explore the themes of appropriation, dream-worlds, text and image, and collaboration throughout the course, with the overall goal of creating a body of work suitable for submitting to college. This course is designed for serious art students who are considering a visual art major or minor. Students are encouraged to repeat this course in consecutive semesters and over multiple years to continue development of their technical and artistic skills. Grades: 10, 11, 12; Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisites: Digital Studio 2 or Animation

digital_studio2.pngA029 CP Animation 1
This is a beginning level course designed to teach time-based media concepts through the creation of short animated pieces. Students will learn to draw their own characters and scenes, put them in motion, and use these building blocks to tell engaging stories using Adobe Flash. The class will include periodic critiques of student work as well as viewings of professionally animated shorts and movies. Students will keep a journal as an idea book or sketchbook to collect images and reflect on their work in class. Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12; Length: One Semester; Credits: 10

A045 CP Animation 2
This is an advanced level course intended for students who have completed Animation 1 who want to further develop their skills with time-based media. Students will build off of previously learned skills by incorporating advanced design skills, complex character animation, and interactivity using basic Action Scripting. The class will include periodic critiques of students’ work as well as frequent viewings of professionally animated shorts and movies by major studios such as Pixar, Studio Ghibli, and Disney as well as smaller, independent studios and animators. Students will be required to maintain a collection of sketches and photos to use as reference material for their work throughout the semester. Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12; Length: One Semester; Credits: 10; Prerequisite: Animation 1