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Digital Media Academy Studio

Digital Media Arts Studio

Advanced Digital Media Guiding Independent Study - Syllabus

Room 401

Instructor: Vince Campi, Digital Media Academy Chair
Career Technical Education Teaching Credential,
Adobe Certified Educator, Apple Final Cut Pro Certified, Google Certified Teacher
vcampi@champscharter.orgOffice Hours: 2-3PM Weds and Fri in room 401

One–year — an advanced course in the Digital Media Academy

This advanced course is design for committed students with a serious interest in a career in the growing fields of commercial photography, digital art, and graphic, web, video, and motion design.

It is a career-oriented course, designed to give students the class time and instructional guidance that will help each one further develop their artistic vision and equip them with the digital tools and other resources necessary to realize their personal goals and vision.

Subject areas include: artistic photography, fashion retouching and photo manipulation, digital art, compositing, short film production, electronic and analog music creation, game design, and other artistic inspiration students may have.

Students will have the opportunity to design official CHAMPS promotional materials for print and web, and the course culminates by updating and refining their web portfolios for the purpose of college, career or free-lance professional use, and will include an artist statement and their best work that reflects who they are as an artist and designer.



Semester 1: Commercial Editorial and Advertising Photography

Week 1-20 Unit One: Independent Projects: Set goals and complete short and long-term projects

Week 1-20 Unit Two: Advanced Photoshop Compositing, biweekly class projects

Week 17-20 Unit Three: Update Web Portfolio

Semester 2

Week 19-36 Unit Four: Independent Projects: Set New goals and complete short and long-term projects

Week 20-36 Unit Five: Advanced Photoshop Effects, biweekly class projects

Week 34-36 Unit Six: Web Portfolio: Finalize your portfolios for College, Career, or Free-Lance work

This course content is a good fit for the college and career interests of our students, and is aligned to the National Education Technology Standards for Students, ISTE, the California Career Technical Education Pathway: Arts, Media, and Entertainment Industry Sector, and the California Visual Arts Standards.


·       Train and inspire students to produce creative products that communicate, educate, and entertain using digital media and visual arts.

·       Prepare students for continued study in college or professional schools and begin free-lance design and/or photography jobs.

·       Increase the students’ overall self-confidence that comes from discovering and developing one’s talents, work ethic, and ability to productively work individually and in partnerships.

·       Provide ongoing direction, resources, and practice to make life-long learning a pattern.

·       Help students understand how to have fun using these skills to creatively complete assignments for other classes and personal projects.

·       Students will develop as earnest, motivated, and self-directed learners.

The main means of communications in this class will be via Q. Assignments and grades will be updated regularly. Please make sure you visit Q regularly to track your progress and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


1&2 Attendance and Class participation
All projects are explained, practiced, and completed in class and there is very little homework. Therefore, in order to be successful, students need to attend class everyday, be self-starters, and complete all assignments; you can make up any missing work, missing assignments are your responsibility!

Your desk/work space must be clean and neat before you will be dismissed.

3 Maintain a positive attitude
Be nice, polite and supportive of others. Treat others the way you’d like them to treat you. Be cool!

Complete all Assignments: you can make up any missing work, missing assignments are your responsibility!

4 Tardies
Be in your seat and ready to work before the tardy bell rings.  Lateness is disruptive and wastes class time.

Digital Media Arts 1 and self-motivation

Instructional Methods:
Direct project-based instruction, lecture, hands-on computer and software training, PowerPoint or Google presentations, video tutorials, content related films, instructional online articles and podcasts, Internet research, collaborative interaction, and peer tutoring.

Assessment Methods
Creatively and energetically complete all class assignments with a positive attitude, regular attendance, and instructor observation.

Final Examinations are comprehensive multimedia projects that are based in the photography and software skills we have worked with regularly.

Standard grade percentages will be given for student performance on the above tasks:

100-90 A, 89-80 B, 79-70 C, 69-60 D, 59-0 F

Adobe: Photoshop to create photo composites and other digital imagery, Lightroom, Bridge and Camera Raw for organization and photographic editing, InDesign for page layout, Illustrator for vector graphics, and After Effects for motion graphics

Firefox, Safari, and Chrome web browsers

Microsoft Word and Google Docs for word processing, and Google Presentation and PowerPoint to create presentations.

Apple iMac computers, Canon DSLR Cameras, tripods, Alien Bee studio strobes, Wacom drawing tablets, and other miscellaneous equipment.