DESCRIPTION

In the Exploring Communications Technology course, students explore the history of various types of media and their impact on society. Students learn to edit digital video using the tools and techniques used by professional video editors. They investigate digital photography basics, such as digital camera features and operation, file formats and image quality. Photo editing and manipulation techniques are also examined.
Hands-on activities include building pinhole cameras, editing digital photos and video segments, designing graphics and applying graphics to a t-shirt.

CONTENT TOPICS

Introduction to Communications gives students an overview of communication, media creation, and the impact of media on society. Communication’s history and purposes are the foundation of the course, focusing on how and why messages are sent to various types of audiences. Students focus specifically on design concepts and theories involved in graphic communications. The course addresses a spectrum of communication and media concepts including camera operation, the evolution of digital photography, the digital media revolution, and the relationship of audiences to a history of mediums, including telegraphy, radio and film.
 
Course Outline

Lesson 1: Basics of Communication
Lesson 2: Design Concepts
Lesson 3: Print and Photography
Lesson 4: Digital Media
Lesson 5: Distributing Media
Introduction to Communications: Conclusion

The Digital Photo Editing course focuses on procedures for editing and manipulating digital photographs. The course uses graphic design software to explore basic editing techniques and tools. More complicated processes are introduced later in the course as students familiarize themselves with photo manipulation. By course completion, students will have experience with image editing techniques such as cropping, resizing, dodge and burn, adding and subtracting color and painting.
 
Course Outline

Lesson 1: Digital Photography Basics
Lesson 2: Input, Process, and Output
Lesson 3: Size Editing
Lesson 4: Layers
Lesson 5: Color and Desaturation
Lesson 6: Text
Digital Photo Editing: Conclusion
Digital Photo Editing: Challenge Section

In the Graphic Design course, students explore color use and theory, typography, page layout, image resolution and more. They work with these concepts using in image editing software. They also design and create their own images, both on paper and digitally, for familiar print mediums such as flyers, posters, and billboards.
Relevant projects include creating and printing a design on a T-shirt and designing advertisements for a school sports team, club or organization.
 
Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction to Graphic Design
Lesson 2: Tools of the Trade
Lesson 3: Typography
Lesson 4: Color
Lesson 5: Page Layout
Lesson 6: Image Resolution and Size
Lesson 7: Printmaking
Graphic Design: Conclusion
Graphic Design: Challenge Section

In the Digital Video Editing course, students study many of the tools and practices commonly used by professional video editors. This includes creating and editing video clips, inserting titles and still images, crafting transitions, using music and voice-overs and more. Students apply each new skill to producing a complete video.
 
Course Outline

Lesson 1: Introduction to Video Technology and Production
Lesson 2: Trimming and Arranging Video Clips
Lesson 3: Using Titles and Images
Lesson 4: Text and Transitions
Lesson 5: Types of Edits and Cuts
Lesson 6: Picture-in-Picture
Lesson 7: Music, Sound, and Voice-Overs
Lesson 8: Creating DVD Menus
Lesson 9: Making and Posting Videos for the Internet
Lesson 10: High Definition Technology
Digital Video Editing: Conclusion
Challenge Section

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