Grade 12 Digital Media Tools Course

Instructor: Mr. D. Sader, St. Jerome’s Catholic School

Career and Technology Studies (CTS) is a complementary program designed for Alberta’s secondary school students. As a program of choice, CTS offers all students important learning opportunities to:

  • develop skills they can be applied in their daily lives, now and in the future
  • refine career-planning skills
  • develop technology-related skills
  • enhance employability skills
  • apply and reinforce learnings developed in other subject areas
  • prepare for transition into adult roles in the family, community,
  • workplace and/or further education.

The course structure of CTS enables schools to design unique programs that meet the needs of students and take advantage of community resources. Developed across levels rather than grades, CTS has multiple entry points and provides secondary students with access to a common curriculum. As a competency-based curriculum, CTS recognizes prior learning from formal schooling and personal initiatives.

The CTS program centres around five clusters and more than 1000 1-credit courses in 28 occupational areas.

A cluster is a group of CTS courses that represent occupations with broad industry commonalities. Clusters in CTS are aligned with the National Occupational Classification (NOC) and function as an organizing tool for the CTS program.

Media, Design & Communication Arts (MDC)
The MDC cluster is designed to provide students the flexibility to adapt to various situations relating to design, communication and esthetics. This cluster includes courses related to art and culture, such as the performing arts, film and video, broadcasting, journalism, writing, creative design, fashion, libraries and museums.

BIT Occupational Areas
The BIT cluster (Business, Administration, Finance & Information Technology) focuses on the management, marketing and use of electronic technologies to access, use and manipulate information within personal, family, workplace, community and global contexts.

HRH Occupational Areas
The HRH cluster (Health, Recreation & Human Services) focuses on a vast array of challenging and rewarding careers in health care, community supports, recreation, cosmetology, food services, tourism and law.

NAT Natural Resources
In this cluster, students develop the motivation and commitment to work individually and collectively as private citizens and members of the workforce toward the conservation and responsible use of air, energy, forests, land, minerals, water and wildlife.

TMT Occupational Areas
Students focus on skills and knowledge related to: design, construction, fabrication and maintenance of products. Courses relate to manufacturing, processing, utilities, construction, mechanics, fabrication, supervision, contracting, logistics, transportation and heavy equipment.

The pathway of the term will consist of 5-6 courses related to a Digital Media Tools career.

5 courses(1 CU each) selected from the “Communcations Technology(COM)” strand of the “Media,Design, and Communication Arts(MDC)” cluster of the CTS Program of Studies. 1 course(1CU) from the “Information Processing(INF)” strand of the “Business, Administration, Finance & Information Technology(BIT)” cluster of the CTS Program of Studies.

Course Outlines:

    1. COM2015 Media Impact
      Students explore different media forms and examine their impact on personal, community and national interests. Using various media, students will plan, create and present a simple message. Prerequisite: COM1005: Visual Composition

    2. COM2035 Raster Graphics 1
      Students are introduced to the basics of computer graphics (vector and raster), and graphic computer programs. Prerequisite: COM1035: Graphic Tools

    3. COM2045 Vector Graphics 1
      Vector graphics are commonly used in graphic design, page layout, typography, logos, sharp-edged artistic illustrations,
      technical illustrations, diagramming and flowcharting. In this course, students use vector editing software to create basic
      vector graphics. Prerequisite: COM1035: Graphics Tools

    4. COM2055 Web Design 2
      Students learn intermediate coding and software applications to produce a Web site. Prerequisite: COM1055: Web Design 1

    5. COM2165 Printing 2
      Students develop printing skills and create a finished product that demonstrates an ability to reproduce multicolour graphics for use on selected media; e.g., banners, signs, T-shirts, uniforms, posters, ceramics, plastics, decals. Prerequisite: COM1165: Printing 1

    6. COM1205 Photography – Introduction
      Students develop essential skills in camera use with a focus on basic composition, set-up and an examination of exposure. Students operate a camera to capture images and produce final display proofs. Prerequisite: COM1005: Visual Composition

    7. COM1275 Photography – Digital Processing
      Students learn the fundamentals of consumer-based digital image acquisition, management, composition, manipulation and editing software to improve image composition. Prerequisite: COM1005: Visual Composition

Each completed course and its final grade will be listed on the student report card.

2021-22 Pathway
Grade 12 Digital Media Tools Course
COM2015 Media Impact
COM2035 Raster Graphics 1
COM2045 Vector Graphics 1
COM2055 Web Design 2
COM2165 Printing 2
COM1205 Photography – Introduction
COM1275 Photography – Digital Processing