Course Descriptions and Numbers

The information on this page has been updated for the 2019-20 school year.

Design Track

To be part of Design Studio, students need to have taken Textile Construction I and Fashion Analysis and Design. Students may be enrolled in Textile Construction II at the same time as Design Studio.

Design Studio (DMACC)
FAM403 and FAM 404

(Elective 11-12) Full-Year Course
Prerequisite: Textile Construction I, Textile Construction II, Fashion Analysis and Design

Design Studio will advance students’ learning in fields of design, incorporating skills in sewing, and fashion. Students will expand on designing, marketing, merchandising, buying, promoting, and advertising. Culminating projects could include the opportunity to raise funds to visit a fashion district. Crosscurricular opportunities will be utilized with the production of the final fashion show. Community involvement will be solicited for exposure and connections, with a mini fashion show in the fall, which will involve elementary-aged children. This class will also replace the Central Campus Fashion course. Students may take Textile Construction II in conjunction with this course.

Fashion Analysis and Design (DMACC)

(Elective 10-11-12) Second Semester

This is a one-semester course designed to provide experiences and information that will encourage students to develop a sense of fashion. Students will create personal projects dealing with design of fashion, fashion terminology, history of fashion, and design elements and principles. Students will also learn about fashion designers and have a chance to design some original creations from their perception. Some of the class activities are conducted off-campus, and students are responsible for arranging their own transportation. This class must be taken for DMACC credit.

Interior Design
(Elective 10-11-12) First Semester

A one-semester course using the practical application of the principles and elements of design as they relate to decorating interior spaces. Students will create personal and group projects that relate to decorating interior spaces in residential and commercial buildings. Students develop skills using color, architectural elements, furniture styles, lighting, space, accessories, and other basic interior knowledge. Some of the class activities are conducted off-campus, and students are responsible for arranging their own transportation.

Textile Construction I
FAM101 or FAM102
(Elective 10-11-12) First OR Second Semester

This course is designed to introduce students to new technological sewing equipment. The student will use sergers and electronic sewing machines that will complement other sewing equipment used in the classroom and the home. Students will create many useful items for the home, simple garments, and accessories. Following this course, students will feel more comfortable at the sewing machine and will be encouraged to go on to Textile Construction II. Students should plan to spend approximately $100, depending upon individual project selection.

Textile Construction II
FAM201 or FAM202
(Elective 10-11-12) First OR Second Semester
Prerequisite: Textile Construction I or teacher recommendation

This course has been designed to advance students’ knowledge in sewing skills. Students will use machine skills to complete a variety of projects based on individual skill levels. Students will complete projects based on fabric, style, and basic construction techniques. They will also learn notions, weaves, and design elements as they relate to construction. Students will work independently to complete projects within the given timeline. Students should plan to spend approximately $125. Some class activities are conducted off-campus, and students are responsible for arranging their own transportation.

Foods Track

Culinary I
FAM103 or FAM104
(Elective 10-11-12) First OR Second Semester

This is a one-semester course that offers basic experience in the preparation of food. Areas of study include sanitation, breads, eggs, meat, dairy, fruits, vegetables, nutrition, and budgeting. Students will learn basic techniques in the kitchen so they will be able to prepare healthy meals when they are on their own.

Culinary II
FAM303 or FAM304
(Elective 10-11-12) First OR Second Semester
Prerequisite: Culinary I

This is a one-semester course that expands on the basic techniques of food preparation developed in Culinary I. Students will make a wide variety of foods including world foods, pastries, cakes, pasta, thickeners, soups, and salads. They will also learn to effectively use herbs and spices and handle large-quantity cooking. New products on the market, uses of variety of appliances, and other food related topics are also discussed.

Culinary Arts—Café V (DMACC)
FAM401 or FAM402

(Elective 11-12) First OR Second Semester
Prerequisite: Culinary II

This is a one-semester course which is a blocked class during fourth and fifth periods each day, so students will receive two (2) elective credits from Valley High School. Students should have a B or better in Culinary II. This course will offer students serious about a career in the food industry hands-on experience in running a restaurant in which lunch will be served once a week at Valley High School. Advanced cooking skills are taught with topics in food safety, menu planning, marketing, customer service, food preparation, and food decoration. This course must be taken for DMACC credit.

Health Track

Child Development (DMACC)

(Elective 11-12) Second Semester

This is a one-semester course focusing on best practices for the care and education of children from birth through two years of age in an integrated setting. Health, safety, cultural, and communication issues, as well as developmentally appropriate activities, are covered. The course begins with understanding of both the male and female reproductive systems. Students are exposed to many birth control methods, including abstinence, and discuss availability and the consequences of not being prepared.

The remainder of the semester deals with the delivery and raising of a healthy baby. Special topics include: teen pregnancy, labor and delivery, premature birth, adoption, birth defects, reading to your children, and overall daily care. Many professionals and parents from the community, along with children from ages birth to toddler, are invited into the class. At the end of the semester, students will get the actual hands-on experience by going out into the community and working at local daycare/preschool facilities. Students will report to assigned locations during their extended periods. This is a definite class for tomorrow’s parents.

This course must be taken for DMACC credit.

Personal and Family Living
(Elective 11-12) First Semester

This course starts with the discovery of you, your personality, and getting to know each student in the class. The class then goes in to decision-making, communication, and relationship building. Within relationships, we discuss parent/child relationships, peer relationships, and dating relationships. During the dating unit, we discuss HIV/AIDS, birth control, and STDS. The course continues with units in marriage, drug use, divorce, and dealing with death. Throughout the semester there will be approximately 8–10 community speakers sharing their knowledge on the many topics that are discussed.