Acton-Boxborough Regional High School

Department of Visual Arts

Drawing and Painting

Photography

Ceramics

Art History and Sculpture

Digital Art

Portfolio

Description of Courses

WEB PAGE DESIGN I 849

Grades: 9-12 Grouping: Heterogeneous

Prerequisite: None

Web Page Design I provides opportunities for students to create and design a multi-page website, ultimately to be viewed online. The course focuses on developing an understanding of HTML5 and CSS3 so as to unlock the expressive and graphic potential of our websites. Students will create original layouts and graphics, explore the basics of typography, and are introduced to writing HTML and CSS code. Students learn best practices for website management. Animations, built with CSS3, and an introduction to the work of contemporary designers, as well as the creative process of brainstorming, layout, design and revision will be covered in this semester course. Students will participate in self, peer, and group critiques.

Semester course, 5 times per week, 2.5 credits

ADVANCED WEB PAGE DESIGN 858

Grades: 9-12 Grouping: Heterogeneous

Prerequisite: Web Page Design I with a B- or higher

Students of Advanced Web Page Design will work more independently and will be expected to create at least two websites utilizing HTML5 and CSS3. A main focus of the course will be the development of websites for mobile devices. Students will learn to build responsive websites for mobile devices using the popular CSS framework Bootstrap. Projects will emphasize page design and user experience. Projects will be either assignment-based or independent depending on the interests of the students.

Semester course, 5 times per week, 2.5 credits

3D GRAPHICS I: MODELING AND ANIMATION

Grades: 9-12 Grouping: Heterogeneous

This class will introduce students to the world of digital 3D graphics, printing, and animation. Students will model, light, and texture characters, objects, and scenery within a virtual 3D space. These assets will then be utilized as objects to be printed on a 3D printer and/or brought into an animation project. Throughout the course students will develop a strong theoretical and technical understanding of working within a simulated 3D environment, while also creating an animated short film to be rendered and viewed. The course will utilize the open-source (and free) software program Blender for a majority of the work created. Students interested in careers in visual art, animation, product design, filmmaking, and video game design should consider enrolling. Students will have the opportunity to work with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and other programs depending on project needs. This course is the prerequisite for 3D Graphics II. For the 14-15 School year, students interested in building longer animations or video games should also enroll in 3D Graphics II.

Semester course, 5 times per week, 2.5 credits

3D GRAPHICS II: ANIMATION AND VIDEO GAMES

Grades: 9-12 Grouping: Heterogeneous

Prerequisite: 3D Graphics I: Modeling and Animation

Students must have passed 3D Graphics I with a B- or better to enroll in this course. Students will continue to develop on the technical and conceptual skills learned in 3D Graphics I in order to create artwork for an animation or video game project. The open-source and free software program Blender will be used in conjunction with an assortment of other programs, such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Sculptris, among others. This class is designed for students to fully engage in a long-term project. Through in-class reading, films, and research, students will broaden their understanding of 3D graphics in both artistic and commercial spheres.

Semester course, 5 times per week, 2.5 credits

ANIMATION I 829

Grades: 9-12 Grouping: Heterogeneous

Prerequisite: None

This course guides students through the basics of animation on and off the computer. Students learn and use Adobe Flash, a leading program for the creation of digital 2D animation, in order to realize a long-term project. Computer illustration, creating vector graphics, and working with audio are all topics covered. Students will study the foundations essential to the field of animation, including camera angles, lighting, and character movement. Students will view examples of classic, experimental, and contemporary animation. Students will participate in self, peer, and group critiques.

Semester course, 5 times per week, 2.5 credits

ANIMATION II 833

Grades: 9-12 Grouping: Heterogeneous

Pre-Requisite: Animation I with a grade of B- or higher

In this class students will engage in a variety of independent and collaborative challenges that build on the technical and storytelling skills necessary to produce compelling animations. Students will continue to develop their knowledge of Adobe Flash and work mainly in digital 2D. We will aim toward the creation of longer animations that tell our stories in depth. Individual student goals and interests will be a driving factor in the course, opening up possibilities to explore animation digitally, but also in more traditional ways, such as pencil/paper, stopmotion, Claymation, etc.

Semester course, 5 times per week, 2.5 credits

COMPUTER-AIDED GRAPHIC DESIGN I

(formerly Digital Imagery I) 848

Grades: 9-12 Grouping: Heterogeneous

Prerequisite: None

Students of Computer Aided Graphic Design 1 will learn to use professional-level software to create a variety of graphic design projects. Students will learn to use Adobe Photoshop for image editing and Adobe Illustrator for drawing, graphic creation, and type work. Students will explore the potential of page layouts with Adobe InDesign. Introduction to the work of contemporary graphic designers, typography, as well as the creative process of brainstorming, designing & revising will be covered in this semester course. Lessons offer opportunities to create unique, practical, and original graphic designs using type and images generated by computer software. Projects might include the creation of posters, product labels, logos and other graphic communications. An exploration of graphic design’s expressive potential will be a theme throughout the course.. Students will participate in self, peer, and group critiques.

Semester course – 5 times per week, 2.5 credits

COMPUTER-AIDED GRAPHIC DESIGN II

(formerly Digital Imagery II) 857

Grades: 9-12 Grouping: Heterogeneous

Prerequisite: Graphic Design 1 with a B- or higher

Students of Computer Aided Graphic Design II will continue to learn new Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign techniques while creating a variety of original designs and artworks. Students will work on independent and assignment-based projects in order to further explore the graphic design process. They will explore the role and responsibility of the graphic designer while becoming more familiar with the professional design field and its practitioners.

Semester course, 5 times per week, 2.5 credits