• Welcome to Digital Design & Animation (DDA)

    and

    Engineering Technology!

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    DESCRIPTION

    Digital Design and Animation I

    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 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.

    Topics to be covered in class include:

    • Digital design production.
    • Procedures to produce 2D graphics.
    • Digital design techniques.
    • Procedures to produce digital audio and video.
    • Procedures to edit and produce digital audio and video.
    • Procedures to produce 3D graphics.

    Engineering Technology II (Honors)

    This STEM course is an advanced introduction to engineering for all students.  Students who complete this course will learn the concepts necessary in order to develop their ideas into solutions that will improve our lives. Exciting hands-on learning activities like data comparison of heart rates, rating consumer products, destructive testing and 3D solid modeling apply math, science, history and English content from other courses in a STEM experience. This course makes science and mathematics more engaging, interesting, concrete, and relevant.  The course’s intention and purpose is to educate students in a “main line” method providing STEM education for everyone. While providing a STEM based education for all students, those interested in becoming practicing engineers clearly benefit from this course content.

     Engineering Technology III (Honors)

    This STEM course makes a contribution to the curriculum by providing opportunities for students and teachers to link content together and apply it to solve problems. More and more jobs demand advanced skills, requiring that people be able to learn, reason, think creatively, make decisions, and solve problems. An understanding of science, technology, engineering and math and their methods contribute in an essential way to these skills. Principles of Engineering is a team based advanced course designed for most students. This course's intention and purpose is to educate students in a “main line” method providing STEM education for everyone. While providing a STEM based education for all students, those interested in becoming practicing engineers clearly benefit from this course content.

     


    Class Info

    Instructor: Cassie Kirby-Smith

    Room: 306 (Technology Center)

    Phone: (336) 605-3300

    Email: kirbysc@gcsnc.com


     

    Required Materials 2019-2020

    Digital Design & Animation I:

    • Earbuds/Headphones REQUIRED!! (occasionally, students lose them...please don't send expensive headphones)
    • 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.)

    Engineering Technology II and III:

    • 3-Ring binder, 1-inch or 1.5-inch (product suggestion "Pen + Gear Durable View 3-Ring Binder with 1-inch Slant D Rings" or "Staples Standard 1in 3-Ring View Binder")
    • Paper (college OR wide ruled is okay)
    • Spiral notebook or composition notebook (1-subject) for daily journals
    • Pencils and pens
    • Optional: 5-tab divider (we can make dividers in class as needed)

     

    Classroom Wish List (NOT required):

    Hand Sanitizer

    Facial Tissue

    Old/unwanted video game posters and magazines


    Ms. Kirby-Smith’s Schedule 2019-2020

    1st Period: Digital Design & Animation I

    2nd Period: Digital Design & Animation I

    3rd Period: Honors Engineering Technology II 

    4th Period: Honors Engineering Technology III

    5th Period: Planning

    6th Period: Digital Design & Animation I

     

    Tutoring available most days between 3:50pm-5:00pm.

    Please let me know ahead of time if you plan to stay after school. I will NOT be available to those who choose to waste valuable class time.