• IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:

    ALL STUDENTS, read carefully and write down!!

    NEXT WEEK, August 25-28, will be resource pickup at the school. This will include textbooks and other materials you will NEED for your classes. Write down or print out your schedule with the teachers names and bring that with you! 

    For ALL MY students: PLEASE CONTACT ME IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A CAMERA and/or MICROPHONE!! ASAP...by next Monday 8/24 2pm.

    Here is the schedule for pick up:

    Day                                Time                     Grade Level

    8-25-20 Tuesday            1pm-4pm           12th grade - Seniors

    8-26-20 Wednesday       1pm-4pm           11th grade - Juniors

    8-27-20 Thursday          1pm-4pm            10th grade - Sophomores

    8-28-20 Friday              1pm-4pm            9th grade - Freshmen

     

    For DDA 1 and 2: there are no textbooks or packets. I just need to know if you do not have a camera and/or microphone.

    If you still need a device, click this link to get to the school's link to sign up for a device.

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    Welcome to Digital Design & Animation (DDA)

    2020-2021

     

    ---For all NWHS information related to the first few days of school, click here.

    ---For all information on how to log in to and use CANVAS, click HERE.

     

    FOURTH PERIOD!!

    ***You will be meeting with me through Microsoft Teams on Monday, August 17, 2020, at 10:00 am. Go to the Canvas page for this course and click on the event under TO DO on the right side of the Canvas page*** (If you can't get into Canvas email me at kirbysc@gcsnc.com)

    FOURTH PERIOD: IF YOU MISSED THE MEETING TODAY (Monday,) don't panic!! I just reviewed some of the information that is available on the NWHS website (see the link above.) The MOST IMPORTANT thing you may have missed is that I need you to sign up for individual conferences with me. The link to sign up will be posted on Canvas in your DDA2 class page. If you need to me by phone, please put that in the notes along with a good phone number. I look forward to meeting with each of you over the next 3 weeks!! :-) 

     

    Also...be patient! The first day is going to be a bit of a wild ride. We will learn the value of troubleshooting (which is an integral part of this class!) The first few weeks will be so different from the traditional school you are used to. We will help each other!  We will be great! It's a great day YEAR to be a Viking!!

     

    3D Viking Viking image by Jesper Nordstrom

     

    DESCRIPTION

    Digital Design and Animation I

    Course Number: TS24

    Aligned Industry Credential: None

    Introduction to Digital Design & Animation (DDA) introduces students to techniques used in CG effects, animated films and video games. The focus of this course is learning the techniques, tools and workflow used by professionals in the field. This course helps students understand digital design production. Students will learn how to apply different procedures in the production of 2D graphics. Students will understand digital design techniques with an emphasis on the design pipeline, the principles of design, color theory, and composition techniques. Students will learn in-depth techniques in Autodesk 3ds Max 2018 and Adobe Illustrator with some targeted work in Adobe Photoshop, After Effects and Premiere Pro. Much of the work done in this class is project-based, requiring the student to develop long-term time management skills and self-discipline.

     

    Honors Digital Design & Animation II

    Digital Design and Animation II Course Number: TS25

    Aligned Industry Credential: 3ds Max Certified

    Digital Design and Animation II emphasizes the use of industry-standard digital technology and media to help students develop the artistic and technical skills necessary to plan, analyze, and create visual solutions to 21st Century communications problems. Students engage in digital art activities using professional-grade creative software packages to develop complex 2D and 3D digital graphics and audio/video media. Students apply Adobe CC Suite and 3DS Max skills to industry-related activities and projects, mirroring workplace scenarios.

     

     


    Class Info

    Instructor: Cassie Kirby-Smith

    Room: 302 (Technology Center)

    Phone: (336) 605-3300

    Email: kirbysc@gcsnc.com


     

    Required Materials 2020-2021

    Digital Design & Animation I and Honors Digital Design & Animation II:

    ***For Remote Learning:

    • Computer or another suitable electronic device to access and use the Canvas website (Please contact the school if your student needs a device)
    • Earbuds/Headphones REQUIRED!! (occasionally, students lose them...please don't send expensive headphones)
    • Paper/pencils, for sketching, etc.

    ***For In-Class Instruction, Earbuds and please ADD the following:

    • Folder, for handouts
    • Spiral notebook or composition notebook (1-subject) for daily journals
    • Pens and Pencils
    • Optional: 4-8 GB flash drive (This is not required because you will be storing most of your work on a GCS OneDrive account.

     

    Classroom Wish List (NOT required):

    Hand Sanitizer

    Facial Tissue

    Old/unwanted video game posters and magazines


    Ms. Kirby-Smith’s Schedule 2020-2021

    1st Period: Digital Design & Animation I

    2nd Period: Honors Digital Design & Animation II

    3rd Period: Digital Design & Animation I

    4th Period: Honors Digital Design & Animation II

    5th Period: Planning

    6th Period: Digital Design & Animation I

     

    Office Hours:

    August 17- September 4

    M-F 8:30am-10:00am 

          1:00pm-4:00pm 

    (May be in meetings; email or leave a phone message please)

    September 8 - October 16

    Monday         8:30am-8:45am     1:00PM-4:00pm

    Tuesday        8:30am-12:00pm

    Wednesday   8:30am-12:00pm   1:00pm-4:00pm (may be in meetings)

    Thursday      8:30am-8:45am     1:00PM-4:00pm

    Friday          8:30am-12:00pm 

     

    Email:

    kirbysc@gcsnc.com

    Phone:

    ‪(336) 447-3996‬
     
    (Google Voice number - please leave a message with your return phone number.)

     


     

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