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Digital Media Academy 1

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Digital Media Arts 1

Foundations of Photography, Graphic Design, and Short Film

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—The first year-long course in the Digital Media Academy (DMA)

This exciting course will begin building a foundation in the visual communication and storytelling skills needed for a career in the growing fields of photography, photo editing and retouching, and graphic, web, video, and motion design.  Students will practice using the elements of art and principles of design through photography, digital image editing and compositing, music video and commercial production, animation, and graphic design. Students will be able to use these skills to complete projects for their other core academic courses and for personal projects. We will also review academic word processing and presentation skills. This course culminates by creating the first version of their web portfolio, which includes the projects created this year and exploring the visual design career options that interest them.



Semester 1: Photography and Animation

Week 1 Unit One: Review Academic Word Processing and Presentation Skills
Week 2-9 Unit Two: Digital Photography: the Elements of Art and composition using Natural and Studio Lighting
Week 10-15 Unit Three: Digital Darkroom: Intro to Adobe Photoshop, Editing, and Compositing
Week 16-18 Unit Four: Web Portfolio: Prepare Images and begin Portfolio Development

Semester 2: Short Video Production and Graphic Design

Week 18-25 Unit Five: Graphic Design: Typography, Principles of Design and Color Theory

using Photoshop

Week 26-29 Unit Six: Motion Graphics: Photo, Graphic and Text Animation, Short Lyric Video

Week 30-34 Unit Seven: Digital Video: Intro to Video Production, Music Video, or Commercial

Week 35-36 Unit Eight: Web Portfolio 2: Add second semester projects to your Digital Portfolio


This curriculum is aligned to the National Education Technology Standards for Students, NETS*S, the California Visual Arts Standards.



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

·       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!

4 Tardies

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



Media Arts Wheel is recommended but not required


Instructional Methods

Direct project-based instruction, lecture, hands-on computer and software training, PowerPoint or Google presentations, video tutorials, supplementary DVDs, 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, Premiere Pro for video editing, and After Effects for motion graphics

Firefox, Safari, and Chrome web browsers

Google Docs for word processing, and Google Presentation/Slides, and Prezi to create presentations.



Apple iMac computers, Canon DSLR Cameras, tripods, Audio Technica shot gun mics, Alien Bee studio strobes, Wacom digital drawing tablets, and other miscellaneous equipment.