EC Digital Arts Media Academy

El Camino High School's Digital Arts Media Academy is a series of articulated* career technical education (CTE) classes that focuses on digital media arts.  The program features graphic design (marketing and advertising through images that have been digitally produced and enhanced), web design (production of online content aimed at selling or promoting products or services) and 3d design and animation (3-dimensional objects, stationary or animated, used to communicate an idea). *"Articulated" means that we teach many of the same items as the local community colleges teach.  If you receive a grade of "B" or better in my classes, you will get credit for taking that course at the community college.

Grading policy:

Each assignment has clear expectations and a defined due date.  If the student does not turn in the assignment by that date, the highest possible grade that you could get on that assignment goes down one letter grade each business day.  If a student has excused absences for days that we worked on the project in class, they have that many days to make up the assignment with no penalty.

 Google Classroom:

Google-Classroom-Logo1Google classroom is a useful tool for organizing your classes, viewing your assignments, interacting with each other and the teacher and turning in your work digitally.  The district gives you unlimited space on their Google Drive but that goes away after your senior year.  At that time, you'll need to find a way to migrate your information to your own Google Drive if you want to keep it.

This is the process for working with Google Classroom:

  1. Make sure you're logged in to your school Google Drive.
  2. Click on the green Google Classroom icon above or click here
  3. Sign in, using your school email (your permanent ID plus "@oside.net")
  4. Your password is your eight digit birthdate
  5. Sign up for classes using the codes I give you
  6. Use this portal to view, complete and turn in assignment.
  7. Make sure that you right-click on your Drive, create a new folder with your period number, your last name and your first initial.  After you create that, right-click on it and click "share" to share with me: grablegraphics.ag@gmail.com
  8. When you are ready to turn in your assignment, you simply save it to your district Google Drive in the folder you created in #7 and I'll immediately see it.  If I don't see it in that folder, I'll have to assume it hasn't been turned in yet.

Note: If you don't plan on checking your district email (yourstudentid@oside.net), you should set it up so those emails forward to your personal account.  For more info on that, go to this link and follow the instructions on "how to forward all new emails".


Designer List Resource

 


Schedule for Graphic Design (2017 testing schedule here):

(year-to-date schedule here, district schedule here)

4/24: (2/4/6) First half: How to create a text logo that's round and how to warp text to achieve a variety of results.  Second half: How to edit text as shapes and how to piece together vectors from Vecteezy

4/25: (1/3/5) First half: How to create a text logo that's round and how to warp text to achieve a variety of results.  Second half: How to edit text as shapes and how to piece together vectors from Vecteezy

4/26: (2/4/6) First half: How to create a circular logo out of shapes (like the Ramones logo) and how to mimic "retro" graphics, How to use image tracing most effectively on full-color pictures and how to use text as a mask

4/27: (1/3/5) First half: How to create a circular logo out of shapes (like the Ramones logo) and how to mimic "retro" graphics, How to use image tracing most effectively on full-color pictures and how to use text as a mask

4/28: How to use a grunge effect and how to make your grunge effect look like an explosion and how to shatter text

Resources:

Remaining weeks:

  • 5/1: Finish shirt, turn in for fair, start personal shirt
  • 5/8: Work on/finish personal shirt
  • 5/15: Intro portfolio assignment
  • 5/22: Work on, and add to portfolio
  • 5/29: Memorial Day on Monday, Portfolio due on Friday
  • 5/5: Finals week

Schedule for Web Design (2017 testing schedule here):

(year-to-date schedule here, district schedule here)

Here's info about the final.  Review checklist if needed!  Compensation information here.  Info about the board presentation here. Links to Lucia, AndWest and RMHR

Canapé info: featured menu items, instructions,

4/24: Block schedule, periods 1/3/5.  Sent emails off to Ricky, Dr. B and Jarrard, waiting on word back.

4/25: You should have a business in mind by today and I'm going to come around and record those.  Don't have one? Use today to find one. Talk with groups 2 and 6 about compensation (screenshot of Amazon cart). If you do have a business, go into your WordPress account and create a new site.  Browse for three templates, paste links to their info pages on a Google doc and write a VERY short couple of sentences about why each one would be perfect for your business.

4/26: Block schedule, periods 1/3/5.  If you don't have a business, you should be getting one.  Worst-case scenario: you might have to do it for free...  🙁

4/27:Review website choices with the class, continue to help people that don't currently have a client.  Quick (but thorough) review about what a front page of a website is supposed to do. Refresher tutorial on search engine optimization.  Tell your client you offer this at an introductory level.  People love hearing that and it will help their website "rank" higher.

4/28: Switching seats for final.  Everyone should have a client.  Solidify your client's name by recording their information on the spreadsheet.

Resources:

Remaining weeks:

  • 5/1: Work on structure of site with pictures and content
  • 5/8: This Friday is last day for visitations, invite business to class for extra credit
  • 5/15: Should be done with structure and content by Friday
  • 5/22: Work on tutorials, website due on the 26th, send out final invoice
  • 5/29: Memorial Day on Monday, presentations to businesses for extra credit
  • 5/5: Finals week

Schedule for 3D Design and Animation (2017 testing schedule here):

(year-to-date schedule here, district schedule here)

4/24: (2/4/6) Presentation and critique of video game ideas, form is here

4/25: (1/3/5) Presentation and critique of video game ideas, form is here

4/26: (2/4/6) Tutorials as needed, continue to acquire assets, set up project folder

4/27: (1/3/5) Tutorials as needed, continue to acquire assets, set up project folder

4/28: ) Tutorials as needed, continue to acquire assets, set up project folder

 

Resources:

Remaining weeks:

  • 4/24: Collect resources, meet with teacher about goals, start looking for tutorials
  • 5/1: Should have structure of game set up, starting to work with characters and coding
  • 5/8: Characters should be able to accomplish tasks, work on scoring system
  • 5/15: Work on start and ending navigation
  • 5/22: Game should be finished by this Friday
  • 5/29: Memorial Day on Monday, publish game, game due on Thursday, test on Friday
  • 5/5: Finals week