2022 - 2023

Publication Design introduces students to more advanced typesetting methods and principles required to design content rich products and publications. Student's foundational skills in typography and graphic design will be developed through practical design projects, where an emphasis is placed on understanding, evaluating and enhancing pre-existing content.

DA 122:  Introduction to Digital Video and Audio grounds students in concepts and skills related to video and audio production. Students will explore the steps required to produce a short documentary or narrative film including: writing, shooting, editing, and mastering. Students will also explore the theory and practical application of sound in the contexts of web, presentation and digital video.

Professional Practices provides students with the essential tools and insight to prepare them for a career in digital arts.  This course has been developed in accordance with the professional standards set in place by the AIGA (The Professional Association for Designers) and the GDC (The Society of Graphic Designers in Canada). This course will provide students with the essential tools and insight to prepare them for a career in the digital arts. Topics covered in this course include: client relationships, self-marketing and promotion, proposal and contract writing, copyright law, project management, business registration and tax collection and remittance.

This course will provide students with the opportunity to participate in a series of scenarios which require group participation and problem solving skills.

DA 131 - HTML, CSS & the Foundations of Web introduces the core technologies in web development. Topics include web site planning, design, coding and deployment in addition to accessibility, best practices and web standards set by the World Wide Web Consortium. Emphasis is on the use of progressive enhancement, adaptive design, semantically correct HTML and CSS to create effective and attractive web sites. Other topics include how to register a domain name, purchase hosting, and publish and maintain a website.

DA 233:  Portfolio Development provides students the opportunity to gain first-hand experience using a number of online and open source platforms to create dynamic web content.  Students will practice platform and theme installation and configuration, plugin and module installation, and content creation.  Students will utilize their skills to build and publish an online portfolio to showcase their work.


DA 121:  Introduction to Animation introduces students to basic animation theory and mechanics. Students are challenged to demonstrate the principles of animation by creating animated sequences with believable characters. Students will explore the steps required to produce a short animated film including: brainstorming, script writing, storyboarding, creating an animatic, character development, animation, and production.

DA 112: Digital Image Making, introduces students to building custom digital artworks and illustrations in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Students exercise their creativity and software skills to create complex artworks. 

DA 113: Design Narrative introduces the fundamental role of storytelling in design practice. Students will investigate the functions of design, study aspects of design theory and learn design principles. By exploring the conceptual structure, context and practice of visual storytelling students will discover how narrative can be used to expand ideas, create relevant visual outcomes, guide viewer perceptions and engage audiences.

DA 298, Capstone, provides students with the opportunity to employ their cumulative skills and talents in a chosen area of focused study.  Each student must declare an area of interest that will be the basis of a unique product, requiring a series of scheduled tasks to complete.  Products created in this course shall be identified as the first of four of the student’s graduating pieces.

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