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Grade 9 Grade 10 Grade 11 Grade 12
3 Credits 3 Credits 3 Credits 3 Credits
Exploratory and Introduction to Digital Media Digital Media II
Digital Media III Digital Media III

Students deciding to enter the field of Digital Media are introduced to basic concepts, including pre-production (conceptualization, planning, writing scripts, crew selection and preparation of equipment), production (principles of teamwork, the importance of deadlines, basics of shot composition, lighting and audio principles and proper use of video and audio equipment) and post-production (file management, basic video and audio editing with Adobe Premiere Pro, transitions, continuity, and graphics). Students are introduced to basic skills in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

In Grade 10, students build upon their first-year foundation to practice more advanced aspects of digital media. Students will continue to learn and practice the components of field and studio production. In field production, students will expand their knowledge of pre-production (with continued emphasis on narrative development and more sophisticated planning: props, wardrobe, set design and extras), production (skill development with camera, lighting and audio equipment) and post-production (emphasizing developing greater skill in using Adobe Creative Suite for editing, including graphics, audio and special effects). Students learn advanced editing techniques using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. They will also gain a basic understanding of the use of Adobe After Effects to develop relevant special effects for a wide range of production projects. 
In studio production, students will rotate through the diverse roles of a studio production team, with a focus on camera setup and usage, audio mixing and equipment usage, lighting techniques, video switching and studio management. Students will work as teams to produce recorded and live production work. 

In Grade 11, students will develop more advanced skill sets in field and studio production work. They will also learn how to write a screenplay with professional formatting. Students learn advanced editing techniques using Adobe After Effects. Students will work on a variety of field production projects learning to use more advanced video camera technology and audio production. The students will learn how to manage social media sites and be able to analyze various types of statistics so that they could effectively engage specific audiences.

In Grade 12, students continue to advance their skill sets in Digital Media concentrating on a capstone project that reflects the highest level of their abilities. From pitching their project ideas through writing, production and post-production, students are expected to create a major work that illustrates their creativity, quality and professionalism. Students will demonstrate the ability to complete a job application, to interview and to perform entry-level job readiness and trade skills. They will also continue to receive instruction in safety requirements and demonstrate sound safety practices. Students reaching an acceptable level of proficiency may be eligible for Work-based Learning (WBL). Each student will take the Senior Summative Assessment.

Students successfully completing this course of study will be able to pursue a two-year degree in digital media or communications at a college or go on to a four-year degree.