Visual Communications

(Grades 9-12, No prerequisites)

80 or 120 minutes daily, m-f

VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS, offered in the morning, may be taken as a year-long course (with or without a lab) or by semester. Semesters do not need to be taken consecutively. Students learn the principles of design and how to communicate through the media arts.  Students create original two- and three-dimensional designs using traditional art materials in combination with a variety of computer programs and digital technologies, including: Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator Creative Cloud, digital drawing tablets and scanners.  Students learn the fundamentals of design including: space, tone, color, line, balance, composition and form through real design projects. Emphasis is placed on learning the creative process and personal expression. Careers in the arts are explored. Projects include: greeting card design, CD cover design, and a Halloween-inspired photo manipulation.  The semester concludes with a children’s book project.

The spring semester focuses on two and three-dimensional advertising and marketing projects including:  logo design, drink can design and poster design.  The semester concludes with an apparel design project where students silkscreen their original designs onto a t-shirt.

VisCom Lab, an optional additional 40 minutes, allows students to complete projects of personal interest and work for the community when projects arise.  For more information and to view projects, visit:  viscomclass.wikidot.com

Credits:  Students who attend for 80 minutes daily and complete one semester will receive one fine arts credit. Students who attend VisCom with Lab for 120 minutes daily and complete one semester will receive 1 fine art credit and .5 elective credit.  Students who attend Vis Com 120 minutes daily for one full year will receive 2 fine arts credits and 1 elective credit.

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Desirable Qualifications: interest in art, comfortable with computers, willingness to try new things, interest in digital and new technologies, creative spirit.