Course Descriptions and Numbers

The information on this page has been updated for the 2018-19 school year. Please see the 2017-18 course description catalog for this school year.

Foundation-Level Courses

Introduction to Digital Graphics
ART207 or ART208
(Elective 10-11-12)      First OR Second Semester

Introduction to Digital Graphics is a foundation- level course, which requires no previous art experience. This course will investigate artistic skills as they are applied to the digital medium. This course will provide a foundation for further study in application-level art courses, such as Animation Applications.

Video Production (DMACC)
ART303 or ART304
(Elective 10-11-12)      First OR Second Semester
This class is designed for the student who would like to explore video production. Students will learn proper use of cameras, lighting, sound, and technology to create a variety of videos incorporating multiple shots and digital video clips. Students will also learn the fundamentals of video editing using professional-grade software. This course must be taken for DMACC credit.

Photo I: Principles of Photography (DMACC)
ART201 or ART202
(Elective 10-11-12)      First OR Second Semester

Principles of Photography is a course where students will learn the basic principles of photography. Topics will include basic camera operation, film developing, darkroom techniques, and special effects. The camera will become an instrument to explore and communicate ideas, goals, and visions effectively. This course will provide a foundation for further study in Photo II: Principles of Digital Photography. No camera required. This course must be taken for DMACC credit.

Three-Dimensional Foundations
ART205 or ART206
(Elective 10-11-12)      First OR Second Semester

Three-Dimensional Foundations is an introductory level course and requires no previous art experience. The course will investigate ceramics, sculpture, metal skills, and art history, including wheel throwing and metal fabricating. This course will provide a foundation for further study in application-level art courses.

Two-Dimensional Foundations
ART203 or ART 204
(Elective 10-11-12)      First OR Second Semester

Two-Dimensional Foundations is an introductory level course and requires no previous art experience. The course will investigate the creative process of drawing and painting skills. This course will provide a foundation for further study in application-level art courses.

Application-Level Courses

Ceramics Applications (DMACC)
ART311 or ART312

(Elective 10-11-12)      First OR Second Semester
Prerequisite: Three-Dimensional Foundations

This course is designed to develop personal authenticity and self-worth in relationship to desirable qualities and competencies of works of art by allowing students to focus on more in-depth studies of glazing and glazing techniques, and to acquire knowledge of historical and cultural influences.

  • Ceramics – wheel thrown, mold making and advanced hand building
  • Sculpture – ceramics and mixed media This course must be taken for DMACC credit.

Digital Animation Applications
ART503 or ART504

(Elective 10-11-12)      First OR Second Semester
Prerequisite: Introduction to Digital Graphics

This course was designed for students who have taken Introduction to Digital Graphics. The Digital Animation class explores and builds upon previous learned skills of working with animation and sound. Students will explore techniques using action scripting and coding in more depth. They will further develop skills that can be used on the web, in video formats, and on electronic handheld devices. They will create one large-group project that will allow them to work collaboratively, much like an animation production studio, and develop games for Androids phones or tablets.

Drawing Applications (DMACC)
ART307 or ART308

(Elective 10-11-12)      First OR Second Semester
Prerequisite: Two-Dimensional Foundations

This course is a broad approach to drawing techniques for both the beginning and the advanced student. Students will explore various methods and mediums to develop skills through form, content, and techniques. Mediums include pencil, chalk, pastel, and ink. Drawings will be done in both black and white and color. A portfolio will be developed at the end of the class. This course must be taken for DMACC credit.

Metal Art Applications
ART313 or ART 314

(Elective 10-11-12)      First OR Second Semester
Prerequisite: Three-Dimensional Foundations

This course will help students develop skills and techniques needed to work with metals and various other materials. The students will explore innovative approaches to problem-solving in the creation of sculpture and/or wearable art. Areas covered will include cold construction, casting, soldering, stone setting, and coloring techniques.

Painting Applications (DMACC)
ART305 or ART306

(Elective 10-11-12)      First OR Second Semester
Prerequisite: Two-Dimensional Foundations

This course will provide students with an intensive study in painting techniques. Students will explore various methods and mediums to develop their skills through form, content, and technique. Mediums will include watercolor, acrylic, and oil. A portfolio will be developed at the end of the class. This course must be taken for DMACC credit.

Photo II: Principles of Digital Photography (DMACC)
ART301 or ART302

(Elective 10-11-12)      First OR Second Semester
Prerequisite: Photographic Foundations or Photo I: Principles of Photography

Principles of Digital Photography is a course where students will learn the basic principles of digital photography. Topics will include basic camera operation, composition, metering, and computer tips and tricks, as well as shooting tips and tricks. A digital SLR camera in conjunction with the computer will become instruments to explore visual communication effectively. The training will provide the student with entry-level skills to meet current photographic industry standards. No camera is required. This course must be taken for DMACC credit.

Photo II: Principles of Digital Photography (DMACC) (Blended)
ART901 or ART902
(Elective 10-11-12)      First OR Second Semester
Prerequisite: Photographic Foundations or Photo I: Principles of Photography

Principles of Digital Photography is a course where students will learn the basic principles of digital photography. Topics will include basic camera operation, composition, metering, and computer tips and tricks, as well as shooting tips and tricks. A digital SLR camera in conjunction with the computer will become instruments to explore visual communication effectively. The training will provide the student with entry-level skills to meet current photographic industry standards. No camera is required. This course must be taken for DMACC credit.

Advanced Placement

AP Studio Art
ART501 and ART502

(Elective 11-12)      Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Four art courses. A minimum of two courses (one foundation-level and one application-level) must be related to the portfolio you choose to develop.

This course was designed for students who want to develop a portfolio for further study of art at the college level. Some students may not choose to study art beyond high school, but may want to take the course for their own artistic growth. Students may take the course for a full year as a junior or senior. This allows students to take the College Board exam (portfolio submission) for AP credit and a weighted grade from Valley.

Each exam has a cost that will be incurred by the student. If students are in need of financial assistance to help with the cost of AP exams, please see your assigned counselor for information.

The portfolio consists of 24 examples of work in the areas of Two-Dimensional Design, Three-Dimensional Design, or Drawing (a drawing portfolio includes painting mediums). The portfolio is separated into two sections: Breadth and Concentration. Breadth consists of 12 pieces created in the medium and/or style of your chosen portfolio. Concentration consists of 12 pieces created in the medium and style of your chosen portfolio, but the art pieces will follow a specific “theme” chosen by the student. Juniors usually take the class to develop their Breadth section. Seniors, if they have not taken AP Studio Art as a junior, will take previously created art pieces from the prerequisite courses to use as their Breadth section.

With each student working on a different concentration and different medium, the instructor will act as a facilitator to student learning. Students will be required to research and explore new ideas and techniques for each piece and create documentation in a sketchbook.

Other requirements in this course include:

  • Pre-AP summer sketchbook assignments (Students will meet in the spring for details.)
  • Independent art exhibit
  • Career exploration
  • Final AP Art show

Taking the Advanced Placement exam is the culmination of the AP course curriculum. Those students not writing the AP exam will have the course designated “Accelerated Studio Art” on their transcript, and their grade will not be weighted. Both semesters of a yearlong course, plus writing the AP exam, are required for a weighted grade.

Each exam has a cost that will be incurred by the student. If students are in need of financial assistance to help with the cost of AP exams, please see your assigned counselor for information.