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Technology & Engineering's primary goal is active investigation into the world of technology as it affects our daily lives. Courses provide all students with the knowledge and skills needed to understand and use technology; and to participate in our global, technical society as informed citizens, productive workers and wise consumers of products and services. Students can explore an area completely new to them; gain greater depth in an area of interest; and continue their career awareness and planning pathway. Students will develop valuable skills for life through the use of a variety of basic tools, equipment, and machines as well as advanced technology such as computer graphics, computer aided design and manufacturing, information technology hardware & software, and robotics essential to the engineering and design fields. Technology & Engineering courses provide an excellent foundation for students who intend to pursue education for careers in technical design or engineering.

Technology & Engineering offers college credit for select courses as noted through the College Career Pathways program partnership with the community colleges.

Graphic Design & Photography I

1 Credit
Grades 9-12
Prerequisite: None

Graphic Design & Photography I is the first full-year graphic and photography course offered at the high school level. Students successfully completing this course will have a strong understanding of the mechanical and artistic aspects found within the graphics industry. Areas of study includes an introduction to Desktop Publishing within an iMac computer lab and 35mm and digital photography. Integral parts of the curriculum incorporate industry proven software such as Adobe Creative Suite with Illustrator, In Design and Photoshop. Other areas of study includes design, artwork, production, black and white and digital photography, and even photo screen-printing. If you are interested in expressing yourself in various print and digital medium this course is for you.

Graphic Design & Photography II

1 Credit
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: Graphic Design & Photography I

This course is for students who have successfully completed Graphic Design & Photography I and wish to continue the study of graphics and photography. Areas of concentration include artwork, design, and advanced camera work such as 3 and 4 color printing, halftones, duotones, and posterization. Related graphic processes such as photo screen printing and continuous tone photography will also be covered. Class activities include advanced work with Desktop Publishing and video editing. Work can be individualized according to the student's talents and strengths in order that he/she may specialize and concentrate in specific areas.

Graphic Design Capstone

1 Credit
Grades 11-12
Prerequisite: Graphic Design & Photography II or Digital Media & Video Production

This course is designed to offer students the opportunity to further explore design, photography and video in greater depth through critical thinking, creativity, research, and communication. Using various media students will cultivate hardware and software skills through the use of programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, and Final Cut Pro, as well as Digital and/or 35mm photography. Students will design, plan and develop a year-long mentored project and theme with learning goals resulting in a comprehensive portfolio presentation that can be applied in the broad field of graphic design.

Digital Media & Video Production

1 Credit
Grades 10-12
Prerequisite: Graphic Design & Photography I

This course allows students to gain firsthand experience as they learn how to plan, capture, edit, and create videos for broadcast. Students will expand upon their understanding of media creation as they prepare files for media production within various delivery formats. Students will experience roles as media reporters, camera operators, editors, technical directors, sound assistants, gaffers, graphic operators, and various other related careers. Through the editing of live and pre-recorded videos on industry-level hardware and software, students will further develop problem solving, organizational and collaboration skills.