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Web & Digital Communications Pathway

Web & Digital Communications Course of Study

This pathway map represents a suggested sequence of courses leading to capstone, work-based learning, and post-secondary experiences which will assist students in being as successful as possible after leaving high school.  Although each student will personalize their experiences, the earlier a student begins this sequence, the more opportunities students will have to fully explore the educational and community options available. These sequences should be coupled with appropriate core courses, as well as life-skills and courses in a student’s area of interest.

Course Descriptions:

Bits & Bytes:  Computer Media - CMP1040, .5-credit, Grades 9-12

Like computers?  Want to learn about the many areas of information technology through fun, real-world projects?  You will explore programming, acoustical/sound manipulation, graphic design, web design and animation, multimedia, troubleshooting and support, along with basic network configuration.  Career options in information technology (IT) will also be discussed.  This course is the gateway to many other IT pathway courses.

Digital Technologies** - CMP1020, 0.5-credit, Grades 9-12

A must-have course for all students who want to be successful in today’s technology-driven world. You’ll work in a real-world environments and prepare for success in your high school years, college, or employment by using advanced concepts in word processing, spreadsheets, databases, desktop design, keyboarding, and presentations, as well as gain hands-on experience with the latest online and digital tools.  You will also be exposed to emerging technologies and their practical use in education and beyond!

Graphic Design and Desktop Publishing - CMP1050, .5-credit, Grades 9-12

This course provides skill development in one of the fastest growing technology based industries, graphic design and prepress. Students will learn electronic procedures of designing/producing and editing publications using industry standard software (Adobe Creative Suite) and processes. Students will create, format, illustrate, design, edit/revise, and print publications. Proofreading, document composition/design, and communication competencies, along with digital photography and graphic design elements are also included. Skills learned in this class lend themselves towards many exciting careers.  

Business Technologies 1*/** - CMP4030, .5-credit, Grades 9-12
Business Technologies 2*/** - CMP4040, .5-credit, Grades 9-12

Master the features of Microsoft Office and enjoy the benefits in both your academic and business careers. No matter what your career choice, you will be expected to have professional software application skills. In any business, time is money.  People who know how to successfully use Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Access give themselves a competitive advantage in the job market. Advance your skills in up to three of the five areas of Microsoft Office each time you take this course.  A valuable option available to you  is the opportunity to become certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS). This MOS credential is globally recognized by colleges and the modern workplace and distinguishes an individual as qualified and knowledgeable in Microsoft applications.  This course can be taken more than once to complete additional certifications.  (Dual/transcripted credit is offered by Madison College with transfer possibilities to other colleges and universities.)   May be repeated for credit.

Video Production - CMP4070, .5-credit, Grades 10-12, Course Fee:  $20

This course will teach students the basics of photography, camera functions, video editing, media analysis, and filmmaking. Students will work individually and in groups to write, shoot, and edit their own projects.  Sample student projects during the semester include PSA’s, commercials, short films, music video and news stories.  Selected videos are screened during class throughout the semester to enhance the critique process.  Students will work with the following software on desktop computers: Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Photoshop.

Advanced Video Production - CMP4080, 1.0-credit, Grades 11-12, Course Fee:  $20
Successful students will have completed Advanced Video Production with a “C” or better.

Students develop more sophisticated and complex productions, using special effects and inserting computer graphics to produce, direct, crew and edit school and personal programs.  This will include work with longer format video projects to be used both on school-based and district-based events. Students will also explore the use of advanced software including Adobe After Effects. Soundtrack Pro, DVD Studio Pro. Students will also work with music video, TV drama, on an individual project basis. They may develop a video portfolio, which can be used for college and career placement.  

Web Design - BUS4010, .5-credit, Grades 9-12

Do you want to create your own personal place on the Internet to start an online business or personal social site? In this Web Design course, students will use a variety of design software to organize, create, publish, and manage a web site. Course content includes creating a variety of graphic elements including video, animations, rollover effects, backgrounds, and page images.

Advanced Web Design - BUS5010, .5-credit, Grades 10-12
Successful students will have completed Web Design with a “C” or better.

Advanced Web Design expands upon content from the previous course, as you learn and apply new techniques to create graphic elements and dynamic sites through the use of Adobe Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Photoshop and Animate. These skills will allow you to enhance websites through the use of design in CSS, Photoshop and Flash, as well as discovering interactive server page technologies. Applications in e-commerce will be explored.

Yearbook Design & Publishing - CMP1060, 1.0-credit, Grades 9-12

This course is a one‐credit course driven by student decision‐making along with rigorous curriculum to learn industry standard software packages, production processes and deadline achievement. The focus is producing a quality yearbook for the student body. Students learn to write concise body copy and captions as well as to operate various desktop publishing software packages. Color theory, photographic composition, layout and design concepts and image use will be taught and used in the process of the creation of the yearbook. In addition, students are introduced to marketing and advertising principles to make their published work a success. This course is great for those students who work well independently and within a team environment. Each student will be influential in many decisions made about the creation and design of the yearbook. May be repeated for credit.

Writing for the Media - CMP1070, 1.0-credit. Grades 10-12

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN JOURNALISM? Acting like a true journalist gives this class a genuine and unique feel.  Learning newspaper and advertising design, successful interviewing skills, building journalistic writing skills and working under a business‐like, deadline‐oriented atmosphere are just a few aspects of this class. Students will learn to quickly and effectively work under pressure, how to think critically and objectively, and other essential characteristics that are needed in all careers. If you enjoy writing, graphic design and photography, this student‐run newspaper may be that missing piece to complete your set of great high school experience. Those interested in editor positions may apply and take the class for the entire school year. Students can take this class more than once for credit.  May be repeated for credit.

**Industry certification can be earned.

 *College Credit