Sunday, August 24, 2008

Syllabus for 2008-2009

Syllabus

Introduction:

Welcome to Digital Media Arts (DMA) class! We will be spending this year working on computer based art projects and developing our skills in commutation, cooperation and critical analysis. My goal is that by the end of this course you will have a better understanding of the many uses of this thing we call a computer as well as our media saturated world.

General Topics and Goals:
• The computer is a tool.
• Organizing your work for easy access.
• Designing and creating projects with a specific audience in mind.
• Defining and identifying elements of art and design.
• Developing a critical eye for media.
• Achieve a level of comfort with using a computer.
• Developing a technical vocabulary.

Leadership Skills:
We will be focusing on producing work that demonstrate the following leadership skills:
• Productive Collaboration,
• Critical Thinking and
• Effective and Persuasive Communication.

Schedule:
Our year is broken up into four quarters. Each quarter we will study a different topic. See your semester syllabus for more information.

Quarter 1 Understanding the Computer. Designing your own space.
Quarter 2 Image Design
Quarter 3 Sound Design
Quarter 4 Integration/Video

Every Wednesday (short periods) is dedicated to working on our Benchmark Graduation Portfolios.


Earning Credit and Grading:
You are expected to complete all major projects, assignments, quizzes, tests, blog journals, warm-ups and cool-downs in order to receive full-credit. These can be found on our Digital Media Arts blog. If you miss class, you will be able to stay current with assignments, and even take quizzes from your Internet accessible computer away from school.

Extra credit is available in a number of ways: producing extra work, getting and giving help to a fellow student (and submitting a “HELP!” ticket), or submitting an independently produced project.

Graduation Portfolios:
Both 9th and 10th Graders will be required to produce a Benchmark Graduation Portfolio (BGP). Each Wednesday we will work on producing a website where we will store our BGPs. By completing this work, you will receive credit in DMA and Advisory; failure to complete BGP benchmarks may lead to no-credit.

9th and 10th Graders:
You may have noticed that there are both 9th and 10th grade students in this class. Returning 10th graders have taken a Digital Media Arts class last year; because of this, they will be required to submit both more assignments as well as be held to a higher standard of during grading. Also, all students will be presenting projects and tutorials for the class.

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