Media Arts

Department Head: Ms. C. Couch


Teacher Email
Ms. M. Peterson
Ms. B. Robinson
Mr. A. Scaga
Ms. K. Speakman
Mr. C. Strudwick
Ms. V. Alexieva

Media Arts 9/10/11/12

Media Arts course is an introductory course to many different media possibilities. Students are learning the basics of video production, animation, photography, music composition, and web page design.  The course is largely practical and involves students doing hands-on activities and group projects in class as well as outside of class.

Much of the evaluation will be practical and ongoing throughout the year.

Software used include iMovie, Garageband, Adobe Premiere Pro, Flash, Dreamweaver, Photoshop and many Web2.0 applications.

Follow Up Courses: TVP 10/11/12, Animation 11/12, Video Production 11/12, Web Page Design 11/12, ICT 11/12

BA Animation 11/12

This hands-on course will introduce students to the art and mechanics of two-dimensional and three-dimensional animation. Students will learn about stop-motion/claymation, and rotoscoping along with 2D animation using Adobe Flash.

Additional techniques including advanced motion graphics in Adobe After Effects, along with additional focus on ActionScript 3.0 in Adobe Flash and an introduction to 3D software such Maya and Blender. Students will have the opportunity to submit animation to local and national animation festivals for competition and recognition.

BA Video Production 11/12

Video Production offers grades 11 and 12 students an exciting opportunity to learn and experiment about the world of video. The areas of work include directing, screenwriting, film editing, foley production, on location film-style shooting and film analysis.  Students will be expected to write and produce their own screenplays. The course will require students to work on group projects in class as well as outside of class.

Much of the evaluation will be practical and ongoing throughout the year. It is expected that students who enroll in Video Production 11/12 are able to act in responsible ways particularly when working with expensive equipment

Follow Up Courses: Applications of Leadership – Video and Television Production 11/12

BA Television Production 10/11/12

This course offers students an exciting opportunity to produce RATV morning broadcastings in the school’s own television studio. The course covers such topics as basic camera work, editing, scripting and in-camera action. Senior students are expected to assist in running and maintaining the studio as well as train and supervise first-year students junior students in all areas of video and television production. Students will be expected to produce short videos upon request within restricted time lines.

Follow Up Courses: Applications of Leadership – Video and Television Production 11/12

Applications of Leadership – Video and Television Production 11/12

The Leadership course provides students with the opportunity to acquire practical skills, knowledge and experience in maintaining on location and studio equipment, scheduling, filming and producing recoding of different school events. Students will work with minimum supervision and will be expected to demonstrated self-initiative and be committed to the program.

This class is scheduled “outside” timetable and application form is required.

Note: For all media courses, students do not need their own camera/camcorder. All equipment needed is available for class and outside of class use


Computer Science A 12 AP*

This great course introduces students to computer programming, using the popular JAVA language. AP CS A can end AP exam, achieving first year university credit for computer programming. There are no prerequisites for this course. That’s right, no prerequisites for the course. However, if you haven’t taken ICT 11 or 12, you’ll have to write introductory assignment before your enrolment in CS A12AP! Little memorization, little repetition, little notes, lots of problem solving.

Information Communication Technology 12*

An introductory programming course aimed at someone who wants to see what programming is about. A large part of this course involves labs and skills and concepts taught in Computer Science AP language, using JAVA programing language. There are no prerequisites for this course. ‘Is it hard?’, or more often asked, ‘Is it easy?’ is a difficult question to answer. Some students find it very easy, some students find it very hard. It’s different than most high school courses. Labs, problem solving and a lot of challenges from super easy to super hard. The best thing is that everything you learn in programming at school level, applies to programming in any language at higher level. So why not create a pong game or a black jack and earn some credits for doing it.

Information Communication Technology 11*

Gaming and programming is one of the most popular choices for careers in the technology industry.  Programming websites, games and even iPhone applications are all made up of codes that we unknowingly use everyday.

This course is an introduction to computer programming as a prerequisite for the Advanced Placement Computer Science 12 course.

Hardware and software configuration of computers, Networking, Web design and computer programming are the main topics taught in this course.


  • HTML coding, CSS, Actionscript and Javascript
  • Develop iPhone applications (with the use of complex programming languages and tutorials)
  • Game programming and 3D models animations using Blender™ and Alice™

Follow Up Courses: ICT 12, AP CS12

Web Page Design 11**

WPD is an introduction to the Internet and HTML coding course. Students learn the inner working of the Internet, digital and network communications, and variety of computer skills that lead to the development and maintenance of web sites. This course is project oriented and students will work with various aspects of web page design, including coding, graphic design, style sheets, and active scripting. In addition students will have the opportunity to work with Adobe ™ Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver and Word Press.

Follow Up Courses: Web Page Design 12, ICT 11, ICT 12

Web Page Design 12**

If you are interested in creating engaging designs and eye-catching web sites and media the course for you. The main applications/topics explored are:

  •  Elements and principles of design (Professional design concepts used in media worldwide, including color theory)
  • HTML coding
  • Adobe™ Photoshop (Photo editing, image manipulation)
  • Adobe™ Fireworks (Animated graphics and buttons)
  • Adobe™ Flash (Creating interactive web sites, banners)
  • Adobe™ InDesign (Layout and design)
  • Adobe™ Dreamweaver (Web sites that includes all elements of the Adobe™ Design suite)

*Note: The course is using exclusively open-source software.

**Note: The course utilizes Adobe In Design Suite software, which may not be available for in home use, therefore all class projects, must be produced during class, using the iMac computers.