The DMA runs in blocks 1, 2, and 3 during the morning of Day 1.
Students in Grade 11 and 12 are required to take Project Management and choose 2 digital media electives from the list below.
Project Management 11
In Project Management 11 students will develop project management skills and knowledge by working on real world projects in game design, film and TV, sound design, and graphic design. Students will learn how to generate and evaluate ideas; write design briefs, pitch ideas; give constructive feedback, run efficient and effective meetings, and develop timelines to meet deadlines. Students will be expected to develop and follow roles and responsibilities that they have created for members of their team. Students will develop clear learning plans and project proposal that are the basis for their milestone meetings. In the end, students will be prepared to solve most design challenges.
Project Management 12
This course is very hands-on and gives you a chance to visit and work with professionals from the digital media industry. Students will work with real clients such as EA Sports, BC Hydro, Translink and TEDx@KidsBC. Project Management will be reinforced through planning, organizing & completion of exciting projects within digital media, art, and design. This is a self-directed and project-based course in which the student manages their time and resources. The course will include career directions, researching art and design schools, concept development, skill building, portfolio development and packaging, and peer evaluation.
Animation introduces you to the exciting and creative world of animation, modeling, 3D printing, and game design. Students will learn the principles of animation and modeling, they will be able to scan in 3D objects as well as print their 3D designs. An EA Sports animator comes in once a week to help teach animations. Students can work on projects such as: short animated stories, special effects, characters for game design, game environment design and abstract animations.
Do you enjoy writing and design? This course focuses on combining writing skills and digital design skills/concepts to make printed materials more attractive and readable. You will become proficient at using the Adobe suite for photo correction and enhancement, creating logos, one-page layouts such as advertisements, and multi-page designs. You will have a choice between taking a journalistic or creative writing approach, and you will further develop your writing skills in that area. Your skills and knowledge will be showcased in a final project- either a 12-page magazine complete with original articles, or a short graphic novel, both of which will be printed in colour.
Film Production introduces the fundamentals of script writing, cameras, lighting, sound, visual effects, and the art of the short film production. Upon completing this course you will have learned: Premiere Pro to edit, After Effects for visual effects, the latest digital video cameras, sound recording and editing, lighting techniques and project management. Film Production will prepare you for a future in the Film Industry, Post Production Sound, Visual Effects, and TV Journalism. You can work on projects such as: short films, documentaries, music videos and TV commercials.
Students in North Vancouver are surrounded by one of the biggest game design centres in the world. Game Design is a self-directed team-based course that requires students to be highly motivated. Game design is a team activity and leverages a multitude of communication, technical skills and knowledge. The course involves game concept development, game history and theory, modeling, animation, rigging, and the use of a game engine for level design. In this course, the students will work in teams and build assets and animations, and develop game levels and use scripting language. Upon completing this course you will be able to plan and organize for game design and development, model characters and environments, rig and integrate animations into the game engine environment, and create an interactive game experience.
Graphic Design suits students who enjoy fashion and interior design, art, cartooning, illustrating and writing. Students learn about the design process and how to use the elements and principles of design. Students can work on projects such as: Posters, Album covers, book covers, websites, package design, mixed-media digital art, motion graphics, graphic novels and children’s books.
Information Technology 12
Information Technology 12 students will extend their knowledge and skill with the programs and digital topics, such as: Photography, Graphic Design, Desktop Publishing, Web Design, Film & TV, Sound Recording, Visual Effects, Animation, and Game Design. Students will be evaluated primarily by completing a major project for each unit. Students will have access to drawing tablets, scanners, large format colour printers and digital cameras.
Photography introduces the fundamentals of digital cameras and the art of viewing and capturing the world around you. Photography is fun, but it is not just about pointing and pressing a button; it’s a creative decision-making process. Upon completing this course you will be able to use Photoshop to improve, modify, and edit your photos; the latest digital cameras; and your knowledge of the elements and principles of photo composition. Photography will prepare you for a future in journalism, graphic design, and art. You can work on projects such as photo essays, photojournalism, portraiture, and night photography.
Recording music, special effects, soundscapes, and voiceovers and sounds for movies and animations is both fun and important work that involves creative and technical skills. This course suits students who enjoy music, sound recording and mixing, sound effects, and animation and film production. You will work on projects such as: remixes and mashups, music productions, sound effects, voice overs, nature recordings and sound for film and animation.
Have you ever wondered in movies how they created that “impossible” zombie make-up, lighting, explosions, tornadoes, water effects and how people could be placed in impossible worlds? Visual Effects bridge the gap between film, animation, and graphic design and this course is a very important course to fulfill a strong grounding in digital media. You will be able to do special effects make-up and use digital video camera and lighting techniques. Visual Effects is a growing industry and is very well represented in Vancouver and Visual Effects professionals are much in demand.