Graphic Design and Animation 1, 1-year art credit.
Using digital tools, students learn how to create expressive design, 2D art, and animated work in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Adobe Animate. Drawing skills are not required. During the first semester students learn how to combine digital photography, illustration, and type to convey messages and concepts. Projects are designed to increase awareness of how visual information is taken in, as well as how it is translated into art. During the second semester, students will learn the basic principles of animation, adding the elements of time, pace, and motion to their visual vocabulary. Through animation of type, 2D characters, and designs, students learn storyboarding and communication through sequential imagery. Students create their own soundtracks to accompany their animated work. Sketchbook assignments, gallery visits, and critique are important components of this class.
Graphic Design and Animation 2, 1-year art credit, prerequisite: Graphic Design and
Animation 1, portfolio review, and consent of instructor.
In the first semester, intermediate students deepen their engagement with digital art, design, and animation through a series of short animated “studies” that provide practice in the essential skills of animation – cycles, eases, expressive motion, and pose to pose principles. In the second semester, students further study sequential image making. Depending on their goals and interests, students can choose to develop interactive design driven work, or to further explore experimental or character animation. Sketchbook assignments, gallery visits, and research assignments are important components of this class.
Graphic Design and Animation 3, 1-year art credit, prerequisite: Graphic Design and
Animation 2, portfolio review, and consent of instructor.
Third year students are given the opportunity to hone their skills in the area of Graphic Design and Animation that interests them most. Areas of focus could include graphic design for print, motion graphics, character animation, experimental animation, stop motion animation, digital illustration, green screen video compositing, or interactive art. Students respond to a variety of prompts and self-directed projects in preparation for the CAS level course. Maintaining a blog, gallery visits and research assignments are important components of this class.
Crossroads Advanced Studies: Graphic Design and Animation, 1-year art credit, prerequisite: Graphic Design and Animation 2 or 3. Admission is based upon presentation of portfolio and department approval. Open to grade 12.
In this college level, advanced class students define an area of concentration, develop a timeline for completion, and work towards a portfolio of work and thesis exhibition. Proposed thesis projects must make substantial use of the technology and techniques developed in levels 1, 2 and 3. Students are responsible for designing and implementing the installation of their work in the gallery and digitally documenting their work for the Senior Thesis Show in May. While a majority of work is completed during class, students should also expect to work on projects at home, or during prearranged times in the lab. Keeping an artist blog/tumblr site, gallery visits, research assignments, and writing project proposals are important components of this class.
Graphic Design and Animation 1, Graphic Design and Animation 2, Graphic Design and Animation 3, and Graphic Design and Animation 4/CAS may meet concurrently.