EC Digital Arts Media Academy

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), web design (production of online content aimed at selling or promoting products or services), and video game design (creation/animation of three-dimensional objects and 2d/3d games).

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 (10%) 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.

If you simply don't hand in an assignment, that "red spot" shows up on your grade report.  If you do make up an assignment, that red spot goes away but you are subject to the score depreciation mentioned in the previous paragraph.

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

 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 "")
  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 (, 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".

Schedule for Web Design:

(year-to-date schedule here, district schedule here, calendar for 4th)

11/18: Start on Let's Ride.  Customer has not yet responded to proposal, but we want a "skeleton" structure when she does.  Start talking about wireframe.  Why is this useful?  Progress check on toolkits, due date is Friday.

11/19: Working on wireframing "about" and "services".  Don't make it too detailed but make it specific enough so the customer understands what you're trying to say.

11/20:  Working on wireframing remaining pages.

11/21: Revisions to wireframe, final version due.  Set up customer site and look for template.

11/22: Quiz on writing a proposal, customer flow, vs, and wireframing.  Set up customer site and look for template.  Networking assignment for the break.

Schedule for rest of semester:

Week of 11/25: Thanksgiving week.  Networking assignment.

Week of 12/2:  Start on midterm, which is portfolio and marketing

Week of 12/9: Continue with portfolio site

Week of 12/16: Finish up marketing element


Schedule for Graphic Design:

(year-to-date schedule here, district schedule here, calendar for 1st/5th/6th)

11/18: Intro midterm assignment, which is a brochure for a local charity.  These charities do quite a bit of good for the local community and it's time we helped them out.  Talk about what makes a good brochure.

11/19: Research charities, complete worksheet.  I'll choose ten random people to talk about their charities tomorrow.

11/20: Intro charity ideas, vote on top five, compile votes and start sketching mockup.

11/21: Work on sketch for brochure, remember elements of a good brochure.

11/22: Quiz over shadow text tutorial, brochure intro and keyboard shortcuts.  Hand in brochure sketch for grade.

Schedule for rest of semester:

Week of 11/25: Thanksgiving week

Week of 12/2: Start charity brochure

Week of 12/9: Finish brochure

Week of 12/16: Revisions and turn in


Schedule for 3d Animation and Game Design:

(year-to-date schedule here, district schedule here, calendar for 3rd)

11/18: Talk about midterm and what a Rube Goldberg machine is.  Show examples.  Talk about storyboard and start.

11/19: Continue to work on storyboard




Schedule for rest of semester:

Week of 11/18: Start Rube Goldberg machine, storyboard it first.

Week of 11/25: Thanksgiving week

Week of 12/2: Work on midterm

Week of 12/9: Work on midterm

Week of 12/16: Render midterm, produce as MOV


  • How to save up your assignment and turn it in
  • Assignment folder
  • Learn more about the powerful Arnold material and rendering engine
  • Render movie with Arnold with no watermark
  • Put a green screen in iMovie
  • Create fire.  This doesn't work with Arnold, you need to work with Maya Software for this to show up.
  • Basics of Bullet
  • Use the simulator called Bullet to make something smash through something else

Videos for midterm: