El Camino High School's Digital Arts Media Academy is a series of career technical education (CTE) classes that focus on digital media arts. The program features graphic design (marketing and advertising through images that have been digitally produced and enhanced), and web design (production of online content aimed at selling or promoting products or services).

The sequence of courses forms what's called a "pathway" which, when completed, shows you how to become a freelance designer capable of starting your own business or working at a professional design agency.  Either way, it has the potential to start you on a very successful and lucrative career.

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.

For example: If something is due on a Thursday and you turn it in on a Monday, the best you can get on it is 90% because it is two business days late (weekends don't count).

If you are missing an assignment and believe that you already completed it, it is your responsibility to contact me via email (aaron@grablegraphics.com) to get that fixed.

Google 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.us")
  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 assignments

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".

Go to Classroom

Schedule for Graphic Design:

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

10/25: Refresher on shadows, independent work

10/26: Turn in 3D room as a "JPEG high" by end of period

10/27: Introduce next concept and assignment

10/28: Research and independent work, talk about artistic "process"

10/29: Tutorial for extra credit, link to be posted the same day.  Tutorial is due the same day.  I will be in Kentucky this day, helping out through Blocksi.


Schedule for Web Design:

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

Site we're redoing: https://stevescollisionrepair.webs.com/

10/25: Start up "services" page.  Mention three services that a collision shop provides with (a) a link to a full-size picture, (b) a link to a video, and (c) a link to another website (insurance site).

10/26: Edit picture link (Photoshop) and Edit photo that's linked to video.

10/27: Screenshot of site you're linking to, put in page, with description.

10/28: Independent work, tutorials as needed.

10/29: Screenshot of "services" page due (show me code, live, and CSS files).  Tutorial for extra credit, link to be posted the same day.  Tutorial is due the same day.  I will be in Kentucky this day, helping out through Blocksi.