Arts & Communication

  • Career/Technical Education (CTE)

    All courses listed under Career/Technical Education (CTE) count towards fulfilling the one credit requirement in Occupational Education.  Careers credit (required 0.5) is listed in this section as well.

    College Credit:  Many CTE courses offer free college credit for students who qualify. Students interested in this credit must meet the requirements and complete the enrollment process for each course. Please check with your teacher, counselor, or the career center clerk to inquire about courses that offer this credit and the requirements.

     


     

    CTE: Arts Technology

     

    Metals, Jewelry & Design 1 (CTA 251/252)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Occupational/CTE or Fine Arts or Elective 0.5 - Fees may apply

    Students will explore jewelry design using the elements and principles of the visual arts as they apply to “miniature three-dimensional sculptures.” Fabrication techniques using hot and cold joining will be employed to create rings, pins, pendants and other jewelry pieces.

     

    Metals, Jewelry & Design 2 (CTA 261/262)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Repeatable

    Credit: Occupational/CTE or Fine Arts or Elective 0.5

    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Metals/Jewelry Design 1 with a C grade or better.. Students will continue to develop jewelry design and techniques as they explore the jewelry making process. Development of a personal style, aesthetic and artistic vision is encouraged through class discussion and critiques.

     

    Advanced Metals, Jewelry & Design (CTA 262)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Repeatable

    Credit: Occupational/CTE or Fine Arts or Elective 0.5

    Students will work to further develop jewelry design and techniques as they master the jewelry making process. Development of a personal style, aesthetic and artistic vision is encouraged through class discussion and critiques. This course will work as an “lab” class in that students will be able to design and create individual advanced art.

     

    Advanced Placement Studio Art 2D (CTA 461/462/563)

    Grade Level: 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit: Occupational/CTE, Fine Arts or Elective 1.5 Prerequisite: There is an application process for this course.

    Advanced Placement provides the high school student with the opportunity to receive university credit by submitting a portfolio to the AP College Board. Students must be responsible and able to work independently on a contract basis. To assist the student in the successful completion of a portfolio, development of a personal style, aesthetic and artistic vision is encouraged through class discussion and critiques. Weekly individual critiques and a culminating student show are required. Completion of the Advanced Placement Portfolio is required.

     

    Graphic Design (CTA 253/254)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit: Occupational/CTE or Fine Arts or Elective 0.5

    College Credit may be available; see note at beginning of Career/Technical Education Section

    Students explore two-dimensional design through the development of typography, logos, trademarks and advertising art. The artistic process is implemented while students create “camera-ready” art. Techniques may include block printing, silk screening, use of the computer as a graphic design tool, digital image manipulation and computer animation. This course includes a study of the elements and principles of art.

     

    Design and Modeling (CTA 207)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Occupational/CTE, Fine Arts, or Elective 0.5 Prerequisite: None

    This stand-alone trimester class is intended to introduce students to the concepts of design and modeling. Through the use of industry standard software, students will be able to unleash the power of CAD (Computer Aided Design) by creating and modeling unique creations of their own. Students will learn the tools needed to model designs that can be then created by 3D printing, laser engraving, and vinyl sign cutters.

    Note: For students interested in pursuing Engineering as a career pathway, please refer to the two-trimester course, Introduction to Engineering Design, as this course is not the prerequisite for the Engineering Pathway.

    *Note: The Pierce County Skills Center offers a program that may be of interest to you: DigiPen Game Design. Please see the Pierce County Skills Center webpage for more information.

     

    Digital Photography 1 (CTA 201/202)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Occupational/CTE, Fine Art, or Elective 0.5

    College Credit may be available; see note at beginning of Career/Technical Education Section Students are introduced to the techniques and technology of journalistic, fine art and graphic design digital photography. Students will create color and black and white digital prints and digital portfolios. A 5 megapixel or better camera is provided. This course includes a study of the elements and principles of art. Some digital cameras may be available for overnight and weekend use.

     

    Digital Photography 2 (CTA 255/256)

    Grade Level: 10, 11, 12 repeatable

    Credit: Occupational/CTE, Fine Art, or Elective 0.5

    College Credit may be available; see note at beginning of Career/Technical Education Section Prerequisite: Successful completion of Digital Photography 1 with a C grade or better.

    Students continue developing the skill of journalistic, fine art and digital photography, and will explore industrial photography, studio photography, and photo stitching. Emphasis is placed on individual projects, portfolios and personal time management. Students should have access to a 10 megapixel camera or better.(limited classroom cameras may be available for student use.) This course includes a study of the elements and principles of art. Some digital cameras may be available for overnight and weekend use. Artistic vision is encouraged through class discussion and critiques.


     

    CTE: Communications Technology

     

    Video Productions 1 (CTT 103/104) Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 Credit: Occupational/CTE, Fine Art or Elective 0.5

    College Credit may be available; see note at beginning of Career/Technical Education Section

    This course allows individuals to learn all the basics of video productions including basic writing, video, audio, lighting and editing. Students will work in small groups to produce and edit projects. After completing the course, students will be prepared for Video Productions 2 or Media Design and Production. This course includes a study of the elements and principles of art.

     

    Video Productions 2 (CTT 163/164)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12 (repeatable)

    Credit: Occupational/CTE, Fine Art or Elective 0.5

    Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Video Productions 1 or instructor permission.

    College Credit may be available; see note at beginning of Career/Technical Education Section

    This course follows Video Productions 1. Students will continue to develop writing, video, audio, lighting, and editing skills. They will form production groups to create a ten-minute film, a ten-minute documentary and a ten- minute infomercial. This course includes a study of the elements and principles of art.

     

    Media Design & Production A & B (CTT 101/102)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Occupational /CTE or Elective 1.0

    College Credit may be available see note at beginning of Career/Technical Education Section Students will work in groups while learning to write and produce news, sports, and entertainment features for regularly scheduled broadcasts. Students will also be involved in the production of a video yearbook for their school.

     

    Yearbook Technology A, B, C (CTT 351/352/509)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Occupational/CTE or Elective 1.0

    Prerequisite: Successful Completion of Digitools and Instructor Permission

    This course is designed to teach students the essentials of advanced desktop publishing and graphic design. This is a project-based class in which students will create school wide flyers, poster and produce the yearbook using various publishing software.

     

    Web Design 1 (CTT 151/152)

    Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Occupational/CTE or Elective 0.5

    College Credit may be available; see note at beginning of Career/Technical Education Section Prerequisite: Successful completion of Digitools

    Students learn to write and diagnose basic HTML by hand and then progress to Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Flash to create functional, yet attractive web pages that are designed and structured according to proper design and layout.

     

    Web Design 2 (CTT 263/264)

    Grade Level: 10, 11, 12

    Credit: Occupational/CTE or Elective 0.5

    College Credit may be available; see note at beginning of Career/Technical Education Section Prerequisite: Successful completion of Web Design 1

    This course prepares individuals to apply HTML, XML, JavaScript, graphics applications, and other authoring tools to the design, editing and publishing (launching) of documents, images, graphics, sound and multimedia products on the Internet. Includes instruction in Internet theory; web page standards and policies; elements of web page design; user interfaces; vector tools; special effects; interactive and multimedia components; search engines; navigation; morphing; ecommerce tools; and emerging web technologies.

     

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