Course Overview

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It is important to note that these classes are fast paced and aligned to the college level so that students may receive college credits. The course framework covers a broad spectrum of ideas that is meant to give you an overall understanding of the many careers available in the commercial art industries. Attendance is also very important. This is a project-based learning environment that utilizes a number of tools and expensive equipment. Missed classes will be made up after school by appointment or during my Smart Times. Information about my Smart Time policies can be found here.
 
Adobe Visual Design
Honors credit available by contract.
Prerequisite: None
Industry Credential: Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator

Description: This course is project-based and develops career, information technology and communication skills in graphic design using Adobe software. Students create artistic works using the latest Adobe Creative Cloud software and have home access to the Adobe Suite for the duration of the course. This course is aligned to the Adobe Photoshop (photo editing), InDesign (page layout), and Illustrator (drawing/illustration) certification. English language arts and fine art elements and principles of design are reinforced. All students sit for the Adobe Certified Associate exams, like Microsoft certification.

Adobe Video Design
Honors credit available by contract.
Prerequisite: Adobe Visual Design
Industry Credential: Adobe Premiere

Description: This course is a project-based video/film creation course that develops career and communication skills in video and audio production using Adobe video and audio editing software, and school provided cameras and equipment. Students create artistic works using the latest Adobe Creative Cloud software and have home access to the entire Adobe Suite for the duration of the course. This course is aligned to Adobe Premiere certification but students will also learn Adobe Audition and Adobe After Effects to enhance their movie production skills. All students sit for the Adobe Certified Associate exams, like Microsoft certification.

Journalism I 
Prerequisite: A/Bs in English, good attendance and no discipline issues.
Description: This class is for the yearbook staff. It may be repeated, like “beginner band” each semester. Interested students register for the class and we bring them an application to fill out if they haven’t picked one up. The application basically states that the yearbook students will attend events after school (home only, away sports are optional) at least 5 times per quarter - which is about one every other week. They will sell ads in the yearbook, interview students and staff, create layout designs, write captions and stories, and learn how to use a DSLR camera for both action (sports) and portraiture. Students must be able to work independently on projects and contribute to the team. It is a busy, deadline driven course. They will be required to attend Homecoming or the yearbook party if it falls in their semester.

Journalism II Honors
Prerequisite: Journalism I
Description: This class is for the yearbook editors only. Students interview for these positions. All students are required to meet once a week after school for editing sessions until 5:30 and must attend at least one event per week. Editors revise work, complete other tasks as assigned and serve a leadership role in both projects, sections and events. They also attend workshops and other required Jostens classes a few times per year. 

Students who complete 2 semesters of journalism or once with an additional math, science, history, etc. will complete an academic concentration.