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Course Outline MEDIA ARTS ASM 2O1 Grade 10

Course Details

Toronto District School Board
York Mills Collegiate Institute, Art Department
Instructor: Miss F. Miedema
Contact: felicia.miedema@tdsb.on.ca
Development Date: September 2007 (revised yearly)

There is no textbook for this course. Students will be given class lectures, handouts, and will conduct research on the internet during or outside of class time. Throughout the course, students will develop and build a sketchbook implementing the Creative Process in completing all projects for this course, including brainstorming and research. This being said, all researched sites, all borrowed images and text MUST be accompanied by a citation of the website visited for that research and information.

Additional Cost

The course fee of $15.00 will be collected at the beginning of the year which will provide the students with a sketchbook, gluestick and pair of scissors for the course and will help cover the cost of materials for the class, specifically toner for the laser printers. Students must pay this fee the first week of school, or they will not be permitted to use any of the Art Department’s supplies. Students are required to have a USB key of reasonable storage amount, suggested is 8 gigs of memory. A few minimal art supplies such as scissors, pencil crayons, and markers could also be purchased. Printing paper, ink, and loan cameras will be supplied as required for assignments.

Students may request extra help by approaching the teacher and setting an appointment. Extra help is available, by appointment every lunch hour from 11.40am to 12.20pm. Parents and/or students may also contact the teacher at the school, 416-395-3340 every lunch hour from 11.40am to 12.20pm. Outside of these hours, the teacher can be contacted through the school network email at: felicia.miedema@tdsb.on.ca.
Assignments are marked in a timely fashion and redistributed to students with comments which coincide with the assignment rubric. Students handing assignments in late should not expect their assignments returned in a timely fashion. Student achievement, performance, attendance, and behaviour are entered into a teacher log book on a regular basis and mark summaries are available within a week of such request.

Overall Goals
This course emphasizes the development of the knowledge and skills required for the production of media art works (eg. films, photography, photocopy art, computer animation with synthesized sound, soundscapes). Students will develop an appreciation of the history of media arts through analyzing specific works, and will create media art works using a variety of technologies (eg. digital cameras, photo-imaging software, animation techniques and software, synthesizer, videotape, and sound recording).

Skills and Theoretical Knowledge
Media Arts courses focus on the development of the practical skills and theoretical knowledge needed to communicate ideas, feelings and beliefs to specific audiences and to interact with them. These courses afford students a context for reflecting on the cultural, historical, social and economic contexts of media art. Through active participation in media arts, students can develop their imaginative abilities and their capacity for self-expression while refining the skills needed for lifelong learning and participating in the community.

Unit Outline

Unit One:

Introduction to Media Art and New Media
· Collage and drawing
· Intro to Elements and Principles of Art
· Intro to Elements and Principles of Media Art
· Key Concepts of Media-involved art

1 week

Unit Two:

Studies in Perception
· Art as Influence; Medium as Message
· Understanding Perception
· Colour tests and Brain Hemispheric Tests
· Positive and Negative Space in design

1 week

Unit Three:

Egos and Icons
· The history of icons
· Introduction to Digital Photography, Scanning, and Adobe Photoshop Techniques

3 weeks

Unit Four:

The Still Image
· Intro to the history of photography in the media
· Intro to iconic images; images that changed the world
· Understanding the influence of media images

3 weeks

Unit Five:

· Intro to Narrative in the form of Storyboarding and Cinematography
· Introduction to Cinematic Framing

3 weeks

Unit Six:

The Moving Image

· Intro to Animation and Montage
· Intro to Digital Video and Editing
· Introduction to iMovie software

2 weeks

Unit Seven:

· Culminating Independent activity that involves group members in creating the beginnings of a television program
· Introduction to different roles in movie-making

4 weeks

Special Considerations
This course is taught in a Mac lab with regular opportunities to access new media for research and production ( Photoshop, iMovie, Garageband, Flash, etc.)
Special Education needs can be met in this course by offering accommodation for different learning styles and special needs such as additional time for assignments and tests, seating, communication of information and close working ties and regular communication with Special Ed teachers.
ESL students can be accommodated with additional support and time for tests.
Any students with difficulty understanding the course handouts and written assignments can also be provided with a peer tutor upon request or can schedule time for extra help with the teacher.

Learning Skills
Students will understand and utilize the basic concepts and methods of Media Arts. Showing consideration of the Elements and Principles of Design as well as an understanding of perception and use of artistic thought are all skills that will be developed and evaluated in this course. Active participation and study in this course will allow for imaginative self-expression and will foster self-development while preparing students with skills and knowledge for lifelong learning and participation in the wider community. The Grade 10 Media Arts Course is intended to serve as a practical and solid foundation for the continued study of Media Arts. In this course, students are introduced to the technical, historical, and theoretical aspects of those arts associated with the media; photography, video and film; computer-generated arts, and the new hybridized varieties found in combinations of the above.

Assessment and Evaluation
Grading is divided into three different Learning Strands. Creative thinking, being the most important tool an artist can possess, is weighted at 40%. This is your ability to bring your own creative spark to a project and give it an individual look that shows your creative style. Theory consists of the practical learning that goes on throughout the course and your ability to gain and improve on your technical (manual, artistic, software) and compositional skills (principles of design) with each project given. The Analysis strand highlights your ability to think and reflect on issues within media arts such as the influence of perception and technology, and work with the terminology and theoretical ideas brought forward in the course. This course will be completed with a Culminating Project that is 30% of the students’ final mark. Students will be assessed on a creative film project that encapsulates the semester’s learning into one assignment.

Creation: 40%
Theory: 20%
Analysis: 10%
Culminating Project: 30%

Positive contribution to class, effort and attention given to work, % time on task, contributions to discussions, listening skills, daily preparation for class, attendance / tardiness, are all evaluated on a day to day basis and will be reflected in the student learning skills and initiative section of each report card. Classes will consist of note-taking on specific issues in Media Art and in-class work on specific projects. Students will be asked to follow along with workshop lessons to gain understanding of certain traditional artistic methods, software techniques and computer skills. For individual assignments, student assessment will be based on a rubric provided with the project. Quizzes will be scheduled throughout the course to test for basic understanding of the elements and principles of art, perception, and global media.

Student requirements

  • Most classes will predominantly consist of studio time, so arrival to class on time and regular attendance are mandatory.
  • Preparedness for class each day is required and noted in the learning skills section of your report cards. This means arriving each day with sketchbook, art supplies, completed homework and research, and necessary course materials.
  • Students must have a sketchbook. Students are expected to keep all notes, handouts, returned papers, and images as a record of their progress but also as study materials for tests and quizzes.
  • Students must use footnotes and a bibliography with any written assignments.
  • Due dates for all work must be honoured. A late deduction will be taken from assignments that are submitted past the due date, and up to the date that the assignment is returned to the class by the teacher. Work will not be accepted after the assignment return date unless a condition of special circumstances is granted by the teacher.
  • If a presentation is to be done in class, attendance is mandatory, or a mark of zero will be given.