Visual Art Courses: Photography & Video

  • Digital Photography
    SMUHSD graduation requirement - will count for CTE or VAPA
    This course in digital photography introduces students to the Elements of Art and Principles of Design needed for creating photographs: including basic layout and design, color theory, shape, form, and composition. This course will familiarize the student with digital photographic equipment, software, materials, and methods through hands-on practice. Students will be exposed to the history of photography and photographers by studying and emulating a variety of photographic styles.

    Digital Photography Advanced
    Open to grades 10-12
    SMUHSD graduation requirement - will count for CTE or VAPA
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Digital Photography
    This course advances student skills in the areas of learning the functions of Digital SLR cameras, studio lighting equipment, advancing post- processing skills, developing a concentration of work, and creating a Webfolio to showcase their works. Students are provided with opportunities to analyze their own work and their peers’ work. This course may be repeated.

    AP Studio Art: 2D Design (Digital Photography)
    Grades 11 - 12
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Digital Photography Advanced and/or instructor consent
    AP Art and Design portfolio exams contain two sections. The Selected Works section requires students to demonstrate skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas. These selected works will be physically and digitally submitted to the AP Board. This is the student’s best 5 works and is 40% of the total score. The Sustained Investigation section requires students to conduct a sustained investigation based on an inquiry question, through practice, experimentation and revision. This section will be submitted digitally and consists of 15 slides. The sustained investigation is 60% of the total score. Both sections of the portfolios require students to articulate information about their work in writing.

    Art of Video
    SMUHSD graduation requirement - will count for CTE or VAPA
    This course explores the artistic impact of video communication and its application to the present culture. Topics will include an introduction to the history of film and video communication, the fundamentals of composition, and movement, the aesthetic use of light, color, and sound, and the art of storytelling, production design and directing. The topics will also include the digital artistry in editing and graphics, creative design in commercial and broadcast productions, career explorations, and portfolio development.

    Art of Video Advanced
    Grades 10-12
    SMUHSD graduation requirement - will count for CTE or VAPA
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of Art of Video
    This course explores the artistic impact of video communication and its application to the present culture, while also placing an emphasis on leadership and directing. Topics will continue to include an introduction to the history of film and video communication; the fundamentals of composition and movement; the aesthetic use of light, color, and sound; the art of storytelling; and production design. The topics will continue to include the digital artistry in editing and graphics, creative design in commercial and broadcast productions, career explorations, portfolio development, and a clear commitment to understanding industry standards. All Advanced students are required to attend a district industry day in March.