ASM3M Media Arts, Grade 11
Ministry of Education Course Title: Media Arts, Grade 11
Course Code: ASM3M
Grade Level: 11
Prerequisite: Media Arts Grade 10 Open
Department: Canadian and World Studies
This course focuses on the development of media arts skills through the production of art works involving traditional and emerging technologies, tools, and techniques such as new media, computer animation, and web environments. Students will explore the evolution of media arts as an extension of traditional art forms, use the creative process to produce effective media art works, and critically analyse the unique characteristics of this art form. Students will examine the role of media artists in shaping audience perceptions of identity, culture, and values.
Overall Curriculum Expectation - all units are interrelated
Unit 1 Intro to Media Arts - Concept Design
What is concept design? What connection does it have to media arts? To the real world, as well? In this unit, we will be developing a better understanding of several things.
- What is concept design?
- How does it connect to Media Arts?
- What are the key concepts of Media Arts?
- Why is Concept Design so important to Media Arts?
- Practically speaking, what careers are open to you, as a media arts specialist in college or university?
Unit 2 Character Design and Photoshop
Character design is the process of fully developing a character’s style, personality, behaviour, and overall visual appearance in the visual arts. Character designers construct characters as a means of conveying stories.
In this unit, students will be learning more about the process of developing a character and his/her style, personality, behaviourism, and overall visual appearance. To assist in this matter, students will be introduced to and be learning Adobe Photoshop.
Unit 3 Illustration and Typography
Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard design app that allows students to capture your creative vision with shapes, colour, effects, and typography. Work across desktop and mobile devices and quickly create beautiful designs that can go anywhere—print, web and apps, video and animations, and more.
Illustrator is best for clean, graphical illustrations while Photoshop is better for photo based illustrations. While Illustrator may seem like the obvious choice here, it all depends on the type of illustration.
In this unit, students will be learning about Illustrator, how to use it to create compositions that will be the starting point of comics, which is the basis of the unit right after this one, Unit 4. Students will also be learning how to develop our typography skills, create logos and infographics, to name only a few.
Unit 4 Creating Comics
In this unit, students will learn to draw, illustrate and create comics. Beginning with Scott McCloud’s introduction to the semantics of comic creation, students will try their hands at comics, anime and other illustrative graphics arts.
Unit 5 Combining Elements
In Unit 5, students will be piecing together all the skills, elements, apps and assignments they have already learned in the previous four units.
The purpose of this unit is to build further on the stages of development of the skills you will need in working within any field connected to Media Arts.
There is a lot of hard work and a strong process of “going back to the drawing board” in all work completed for films, comics, songs and other media projects.