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Design & Multimedia Arts Course Descriptions

1605 | Digital Media A: 5 credits – grades 9, 10, 11, 12 – Fine & Applied Arts – no prerequisite

In Digital Media, student will analyze and access current and emerging technologies, while designing and creating multimedia projects that address customer needs and resolve a problem. Students will implement personal and interpersonal skills to prepare for a rapidly evolving workplace environment. The knowledge and skills acquired and practiced will enable students to successfully perform and interact in a technology-driven society. Students will enhance reading, writing, computing, communication, and critical thinking and apply them to the IT environment. At FCHS: Students will be introduced to state of the art computer design software (E.G. Illustrator, Photoshop, and ArtRage) utilized by graphic artists and digital design professionals. This foundation-level course does not require any prior knowledge of design software. (**supplies required)

 

5290S1 | Television Production A: 5 credits – grades 9, 10, 11, 12 – Fine & Applied Arts – no prerequisite

Television Production involves students in the study of the history of radio and television, and in television program production. The operation of technical equipment and other support activities provides training for students to produce spot announcements, commercials, news shows, and a final TV product. Emphasis is on production for the real world, and on the building of writing and presentation skills.

 

5291S2 | Television Production B: 10 credits – grades 9, 10, 11, 12 – Language Arts – prerequisite: Television Production I

This is the second semester following TV Production. To enroll, students must have completed 5290, Television, and have instructor approval. At FCHS: This is a broadcast journalism course that films a news show that airs 3 times per week at the beginning of period 3. Students rotate technical roles such as anchor, floor director, tech director, camera, etc. They also prepare scripts, plan research, and edit daily packages used on the show (sports, classroom activities, student issues, etc.)

 

5814 | Online Media I: 5 credits – grades 9, 10, 11, 12 – English Language Arts – no prerequisite

Students demonstrate their understanding of a variety of programs and occupations in online media using digital tools that are widely available in professional media work. Focus is on producing content for online consumer-oriented platforms. Instruction will be paired with hands-on lab experiences in community reporting, both verbal and visual.

 

5816 | Online Media II (Spilled Ink): 5 credits – grades 9, 10, 11, 12 – English Language Arts – prerequisite: Online Media I

This course is recommended for students who have completed Online Media I and who want to develop their leadership skills while expanding on various modes of reporting and creating online media for specific audiences and online consumer-oriented platforms. Instruction will be paired with hands-on lab experiences

 

2512 | Music Production and Technology: 5 credits – grades 9, 10, 11, 12 –  Fine & Applied Arts – no prerequisite

This course will introduce students to the various aspects of music and digital media production, including live sound reinforcement and mixing, digital editing, multi-track recording, MIDI sequencing, music notation, and studio editing. Students will apply the tools of technology and the language of music to create original musical and multimedia works. Basic knowledge of the elements of music and/or previous experience in a music course is highly recommended. At FCHS: students will use Audacity, Garage Band, LogicPro and iMovie.

 

5740S1 | Adobe InDesign A: 5 credits – grades 10, 11, 12 –  Fine & Applied Arts – no prerequisite

This course concentrates on the high-end capabilities of Adobe InDesign as a print and digital media publication tool. Students explore a wide range of selection and manipulation techniques that can be applied to works for publication. Students will analyze critique and discuss original student writing. Students may serve as the editorial board selecting material for publication in the school's literary magazine. This class will include editing and publishing skills.

 

5740S2 | Adobe InDesign B: 5 credits – grades 10, 11, 12 –  Fine & Applied Arts – no prerequisite

This course concentrates on the high-end capabilities of Adobe InDesign as a print and digital media publication tool. Students explore a wide range of selection and manipulation techniques that can be applied to works for publication. Students will analyze critique and discuss original student writing. Students may serve as the editorial board selecting material for publication in the school's literary magazine. This class will include editing and publishing skills.

 

1376 | Audio Video Production 1 A & B: 10 credits – grades 10, 11, 12 –  Fine & Applied Arts – no prerequisite

This course explores the Audio and Video production industry and its post-secondary educational and career opportunities. Students will gain job-specific training for entry-level employment in audio, video, television, and motion picture careers. Professional-grade equipment and software will be used in the creation of student-led productions. Students will be involved in every aspect of several class and small group audio, video, and film style production projects with an emphasis on TV studio broadcasting and news production projects. Students will also be encouraged to participate as studio crew for district productions outside of school hours.

 

5281 | Editing: 5 credits – grades 9, 10, 11, 12 –  Language Arts – no prerequisite

This course is recommended for students who have completed Reporting and who want to develop their leadership skills while expanding on various modes of reporting and creating presentations in multiple platforms for specific audiences. Instruction will be paired with hands-on lab experiences.

 

5265 | Reporting: 5 credits – grades 9, 10, 11, 12 –  Language Arts – no prerequisite

Students are introduced to the variety of programs and occupations in audio/video technology, and communications and media systems. Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to gather information that may be published in print or online media. Instruction will be paired with hands-on lab experiences in community reporting, both verbal and visual.

 

7862CEFRHS | FRCC Adobe Photoshop I (MGD 1011): 5 credits – grades 10, 11, 12 –  Fine & Applied Arts – no prerequisite

MGD 1011: Concentrates on the high-end capabilities of Adobe Photoshop as an illustration, design and photo retouching tool. Students explore a wide range of selection and manipulation techniques that can be applied to photos, graphics and videos. Course competencies and outline follow those set out by the Adobe Certified Associate exam in Visual Communication Using Adobe Photoshop.

 

7477CEFRHS | FRCC Adobe Illustrator I (MGD 1012): 5 credits – grades 10, 11, 12 –  Fine & Applied Arts – no prerequisite

MGD 1012: Concentrates on the high-end capabilities of Adobe Illustrator as an illustration, design and  vector drawing tool. Students learn how to use the tools to create digital artwork that can be used in web design, print media, and digital screen design. Course competencies and outline follow those set by the Adobe certified Associate exam in Visual Communication using Adobe Illustrator.

 

7430CEFRHS | FRCC Intro to Visual Communications (MGD 1017): 5 credits – grades 10, 11, 12 –  Fine & Applied Arts – no prerequisite

MGD 1017: Surveys visual communications, its history and impact on society. A foundation course for graphic design and illustration majors and a survey for non-majors who are interested in the field. Assignments require minimal artistic talent

 

See Counselor | Futures Lab: Audio Production & Management: Various credits – grades 10, 11, 12 – Various Graduation Requirements – no prerequisite

Learners in the Audio Production and Management Pathway will develop technical skills with an emphasis on production. Learners will be able to explore potential audio production careers such as audio for radio and television broadcasting, audio for video and film, audio for animation and game design, music production and live sound, and additional entrepreneurial opportunities and skill sets. Creators would be prepared to earn their Ableton certification. See Future's Lab Website for more details. 

 

See Counselor | Futures Lab: Media & Graphic Design: Various credits – grades 10, 11, 12 – Various Graduation Requirements – no prerequisite

Students will explore a range of multimedia software applications and develop basic multimedia skills. Students may opt to complete this pathway with an honors designation. All courses in this pathway apply directly toward the Associate of Applied Science degree in Graphic Design from FRCC. See Future's Lab Website for more details.

 

1392 | Work-Based Learning: Design & Multimedia Arts: Various credits – grades 9,10,11,12 – Elective -  no prerequisite

Students build on prior knowledge and skills in the program of study to further develop and apply employability and technical skills that prepare them for success in future career and postsecondary education.

 

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