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Technology/Media Arts

Microsoft Productivity

Grade 9 One Semester

Based on the Microsoft Imagine Academy curriculum, the Microsoft Productivity class is designed to introduce students to Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Students will also learn how to use OneNote, a digital notebook that allows students to capture, organize and share class content, and Sway, a digital storytelling app that gives students the ability to create interactive presentations and reports.


Graphic Arts Foundation

Grade 9 One Semester

An introduction and exploration of primary graphic design programs concentrating on Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Basic design concepts are explored in assignments, ensuring a basic understanding of the technological tools of design. Students will explore creative, historical, theoretical, and applied principles of type. Through creative projects and exercises, students will explore the communication and the impact of choosing typefaces, the expressive possibilities of type in static and kinetic media, as well as the foundations for hierarchy and composition for publication design. Students will also develop skills to enhance, clarify, and support meaning and the accessibility of typographic content. Creative studio practice combines with supporting readings, lectures, and software training that may be used in application to Graphic Design 1 for 10th grade.

Graphic Design/Multimedia I

Elective: Grades 10, 11, 12


An introduction and exploration of primary graphic design programs concentrating on Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Basic design concepts are explored in assignments, ensuring a basic understanding of the technological tools of design. Students will explore creative, historical, theoretical, and applied principles of type. Through creative projects and exercises, students will explore the communication and the impact of choosing typefaces, the expressive possibilities of type in static and kinetic media, as well as the foundations for hierarchy and composition for publication design. Students will also develop skills to enhance, clarify, and support meaning and the accessibility of typographic content. Creative studio practice combines with supporting readings, lectures, and software training. Students will be introduced to Final Cut Pro.

Graphic Design/Multimedia II

Elective Grades 11, 12

Students will engage in advanced hands-on design practices, develop creative thinking strategies, and devise solutions to visual communication design challenges. Moving at a faster pace, this course familiarizes students with visual principles, essential software, and techniques that serve the basic designer needs. Students will develop applied creative projects and acquire technical skills to become adept at essential software, design principles and practices for future career applications. Students will also submit designs to local companies to be used as displayed as real advertisements. This will allow students to develop fluency in the principles of visual language to form a basis of aesthetic judgment and develop methods of analysis and inquiry for creative thinking. Students ’ in-studio practice combines with class critiques of work, software tutorials, and supporting lectures. Course lectures address the cultural backdrop of the Internet and Social Media as it applies to design.

Communications/Broadcast Journalism and Engineering

Communications
Elective Grades 10/ 11/ 12
1 Semester
Level 3

This elective is an interactive, hands-on course involving public speaking, journalistic writing, listening skills, critical thinking applications, and technology as applied to communication.  Media's origins, impact, and terminology will be examined.  Students will develop and strengthen their communication skills and become more confident communicators and speakers.

 Broadcast Journalism and Engineering
Elective-Grades 11/12
1 Semester: Level 3

Broadcast Journalism and Engineering is a one-semester class running in conjunction with Communications. This new course offers hands-on studio and field experience for girls interested in video production, journalism, and live television and sound engineering.  Students will join the GMA-TV News team to prepare and produce daily broadcasts and feature stories by engaging in the full creative process.  Members of Broadcast Journalism and Engineering will use industry-standard equipment and software resulting in college level technical skills upon completion of the course.  This class will provide students the opportunity to try each position, from reporter to technician to anchor. Students will create a body of work that contributes to personal and school excellence.

AP Computer Science Principles


Introduces students to the foundational concepts of computer science and challenges them to explore how computing and technology can impact the world. With a unique focus on creative problem solving and real-world applications, AP Computer Science Principles prepares students for college and career. The course will introduce students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity concerns, and computing impacts. AP Computer Science Principles will give students the opportunity to use technology to address real-world problems and build relevant solutions. Together, these aspects of the course make up a rigorous and rich curriculum that aims to broaden participation in computer science.

Prerequisite:
Technology department approval to enroll in this course with grade requirements of a 93 average in Algebra 1

Note:
Entrance into AP classes is by invitation based on achieved scores.
AP students must take the exam for AP, and families are financially responsible for the associated fees.

Department Members

Ms. Caitlin Fasano '09

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: B.A. Pennsylvania State University
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Ms. Judith Wilson '87

Titles: Faculty
Degrees: M.A. St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, M.E.T. Boise State University
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Mrs. Christina Connor

Titles: Instructional Technologist
Degrees: M.S. St. Joseph's University
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