Digital Communication, Design and Innovation Department
Our Digital Communication, Design, and Innovation program focuses on the development, use, and management of computer science and communication technologies. Our curriculum places emphasis on innovation and the design process in order to prepare students to function as developers and managers of digital applications and content. Courses include instruction in security, policy, programming, and robotics, as well as the design and development of digital animation, photography, audio, and video.
Studio Art courses are included in the Digital Communication, Design and Innovation Department. These courses fulfill a Visual and Performing Art credit towards graduation. For the serious Studio Art student, the department offers portfolio direction and preparation in each area, a varied curriculum, exposure to many media, and independent study opportunities.
Digital Communication, Design and Innovation courses are listed below; please download the Academic Guide for a complete list of our course offerings.
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- ANIMATION (FALL OR SPRING)
- DIGITAL MEDIA AND VIDEOGRAPHY (FALL OR SPRING)
- ENGINEERING FUNDAMENTALS (FALL OR SPRING)
- INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER PROGRAMMING (FALL OR SPRING)
- SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY PROJECT ADVANCE: INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATION SECURITY (FALL OR SPRING)
- CERAMICS* (FALL)
- SCULPTURE* (SPRING)
- INTRODUCTION TO VISUAL ART* (FALL OR SPRING)
- DRAWING* (FALL OR SPRING)
- MIXED MEDIA (FALL AND SPRING)
- PAINTING* (FALL OR SPRING)
- ADVANCED ART PORTFOLIO, ADVANCED 2-D OR 3-D DESIGN (SPRING) (OFFERED AS STUDENTS QUALIFY)
- ADVANCED CERAMICS, ADVANCED PAINTING, ADVANCED MIXED MEDIA (OFFERED AS STUDENTS QUALIFY)
- ADVANCED PLACEMENT TWO-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN* (OFFERED AS STUDENTS QUALIFY)
- ADVANCED PLACEMENT THREE-DIMENSIONAL DESIGN* (OFFERED AS STUDENTS QUALIFY)
- ADVANCED PLACEMENT DRAWING* (OFFERED AS STUDENTS QUALIFY)
This course serves as an introduction to various animation techniques. Students will explore the principles of animation while learning traditional hand-drawn animation techniques, stop-motion animation, and a variety of digital animation applications, including Adobe After Effects, Animate, and Premiere. Students will have creative freedom to apply new skills to narrative character animations, experimental effects, and motion graphics. Along the way, students will work both independently and in groups (from storyboarding to audio recording and final editing) in order to produce multiple short films. For Fifth and Sixth Formers. This course earns credit towards the Visual and Performing Arts graduation requirement.
This course is a deep dive into video production and digital media. Through a series of prompts, students will be challenged to create multiple short films, exploring a variety of genres: including music video, narrative, mini-documentary, and experimental. Working in groups, students will master all aspects of production, from writing the script to lighting and sound, working in front of and behind the camera, to final editing and special effects. Students will also learn how to promote and distribute their work while developing their ability to think creatively and work under a deadline. For Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Formers.
This course encourages students to pursue engineering questions and technological solutions that emphasize research and problem solving using mathematical and scientific concepts. Students achieve a more advanced level of skill in engineering design by learning how to conceptualize a problem, develop possible solutions, design and build prototypes or models, and make modifications if necessary. Students will explore engineering design, construction technologies, energy and power technologies including fluid systems, thermal systems, electrical systems, and communication and manufacturing technologies. For Fifth and Sixth Formers.
Introduction to Information Security is intended to teach fundamental elements in information security and introduce the key areas of security challenges, countermeasures, and real-life examples. Topics include security properties, vulnerabilities, cryptography, security policies, access control, authentication, firewalls, wireless security, Internet security protocols, security management, security evaluation, and case studies. Students will also have hands-on experiences in information security through customized online labs. For Fifth and Sixth Formers.
This course explores the processes of modeling, carving, construction, and assemblage in wood, paper, plaster, wire, and found materials. Students begin with projects that help them visualize the transition from two to three-dimensional design. Assignments progress into sculpture-in-the-round or free standing works. For Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Formers.
This course introduces the studio experience through the exploration of in-depth design concepts, terminology, and various media. Projects include drawing, painting, printmaking, and 2D and 3D Design. The course is strongly suggested as a prerequisite for further work in studio art. For Third and Fourth Formers.
Students study the expression of visual thought through drawing. Areas covered include contour drawing, still life, portrait, perspective drawing, and experimental techniques. Students use pastels, charcoal, ink, pencils, markers and other medium. Students will be assigned projects that utilize images from everyday surroundings and their imagination to form unique compositions. For Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Formers.
This course provides students with an introduction to various experimental and traditional printing processes and their relationship to composition and color. Among the types of prints that may be covered include the use of digital imagery, monotype, linoleum, woodblock, embossing, and screen print. Assignments may include a t-shirt logo design, postcard project, and a large-scale transportation design using various textures including tires from large machinery. Experimentation is encouraged! For Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Formers.
Through experimentation and related exercises, students learn about painting as a medium of visual expression. Basic studies include drawing, color theory, and composition. Students explore a variety of subject matter from direct observation as well as from their imagination. Materials may include watercolor, acrylic, and collage. For Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Formers.
In this course, advanced students will focus on experiential techniques and concepts as they continue to develop skills to produce high quality works of art in two or three dimensions. Emphasis is placed on creating more complex visual statements using a wide range of materials and processes. Topics may include social or political statements resulting from in-depth studies of contemporary artists. Students will also have the opportunity to focus on a chosen subject or medium. The course is intended for advanced students creating a portfolio, but not taking the AP exam.
These courses build on the same techniques and media learned in the introductory courses. The advanced courses emphasize a more conceptual approach and development of personal style. Students also use these courses to help them prepare a portfolio for college entrance or to enhance their college applications.
This course is for the serious art student whose prior work exhibits advanced technical experience and conceptual thought processes. Students work in drawing, painting, photography, collage and mixed media. Students spend the academic year focusing on a chosen theme or concentration. Explored in-depth, this theme is expressed using various color, design, and compositional techniques. AP Portfolios are submitted in May.
This course is for the serious art student whose prior work exhibits advanced technical experience and conceptual thought processes. The course focuses specifically on developing advanced spatial design solutions. An understanding of drawing, painting and sculpture is expected. Students spend the academic year focusing on a chosen theme or concentration. Explored in-depth, this theme is expressed using various color, design, and compositional techniques. AP Portfolios are submitted in May.
This course is for the serious art student whose prior work exhibits advanced technical experience and conceptual thought processes. The course focuses specifically on using a variety of drawing media. Students spend the academic year focusing on a chosen theme or concentration. Explored in-depth, this theme is expressed using various color, design, and compositional techniques. AP Portfolios are submitted in May.
Studio Art courses are included in the Digital Communication, Design and Innovation Department. These courses fulfill a Visual and Performing Art credit towards graduation.
- DESIGN THINKING (FALL OR SPRING)
- DIGITAL ART AND DESIGN (FALL OR SPRING)
- DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY (FALL OR SPRING)
- INNOVATION LAB (FALL OR SPRING)
The Design Thinking course will provide a student-led, problem-based approach to learning. Students will navigate the design process — identifying problems, developing prototypes, and evaluating success in order to develop solutions to real-world issues. Students will work throughout the semester to create an innovative solution to enhance the Canterbury community.
This course will focus on the foundational concepts of digital art‐making. Using a variety of tools, including computers, iPads, digital cameras, and apps, students will create a variety of different digital art work. Along the way, students will use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and In-Design, the industry standard, to enhance their work. Projects will include photo manipulation, collage, logo design, varieties of digital mark‐ making, drawing, and painting. Students will learn to problem solve visually and communicate ideas through the creative integration of type, text, and imagery. This course earns credit towards the Visual and Performing Arts graduation requirement.
Students will produce a portfolio of finished works while responding to the guiding question: How does perspective impact an image’s message? Taking photographs from extreme points of view, students will focus on composition and the basic elements of design: line, value, shape, form, color, and texture. Creativity and self-expression will be encouraged as students have the freedom to explore while simultaneously working within the parameters of each assignment. Other topics covered will be depth of field, shutter speed, and basic image editing using Adobe Photoshop. This course earns credit towards the Visual and Performing Arts graduation requirement.