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)

Remember your business card etiquette.

12/9: Talk about setting weekly goals.  People are not spreading the word about our company and as a result, we're not getting interest.  Set goals on the board, graded on them weekly.  Talk about home page, show good examples. Finish up "about" page with text and images.

12/10: Work on "services" page.  Remember to read client information.  This site is mainly to advertise to potential drivers and also act as a way for people to get in touch with them.  People don't contact them directly for transportation needs.  Finish up "contact" page with contact form and links to social media (see client info)

12/11: Today, to inform incoming freshmen about my program, I'm going to be hosting a recruiting event over at Chavez Middle School.  I'll be gone all day.  Site will be reviewed for perfection, potential designs will be narrowed down to the top five and the addresses will be submitted to the client.

12/12: Those that didn't get chosen for Let's Ride, take a look at midterm description and have business chosen by end of period.  Do research on business and write up proposal as group.

12/13: Proposal due through classroom.  Start on site (create site in WordPress, add other group members and me as admin's, start creating templated pages).

Schedule for rest of semester:

Week of 12/16: Finish up midterm


Schedule for Graphic Design:

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

12/9: Should be done with front cover, should be very visual with just a little text and should match the style of your company.  Work on the inside flap: what short, "bulleted" information can we put here?  50% text, 50% pictures.  Talk about typography.

12/10: Done with inside flap, should encourage one to look at inside of brochure.

12/11: Today, to inform incoming freshmen about my program, I'm going to be hosting a recruiting event over at Chavez Middle School.  I'll be gone all day.  Start creating the basics of the inside of your brochure.  What are three main areas you can talk about?  Maybe "about us", "services" and "get involved" or something like that?  One section per subject.  Include pictures, text from the website and your own words.

12/12: Working on the inside of the brochure.  Remember, this is 90% text but you also want to make it inviting.  Maybe make different sections, divided by color or line?

12/13: Should be finished with inside of brochure, work on back.  What goes back there?  Try a Google map or a QR code.  Definitely a web address and street address.

Schedule for rest of semester:

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)

12/9: Should be done with animation by the end of this week.  If you don't think you're going to be able to, need to simplify now.  Don't wait until the last minute.  Tutorial on how to create a rope and also how to simulate a flame and balloon.

12/10: Tutorial on how to smash something (spoilers... it's tough)

12/11: Today, to inform incoming freshmen about my program, I'm going to be hosting a recruiting event over at Chavez Middle School.  I'll be gone all day. Continue independent work.

12/12: Continue tutorials as needed.

12/13: To be on schedule for this task, you should be completely done with your animation by the end of this day.  If you're not, you're going to have a very difficult time finishing this up by the end of finals day.  You might need to download the program at home and work on it over the weekend.

Schedule for rest of semester:

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


  • Get Maya and Unity for free!
  • 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 basic fire and create fire with fluids.  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: