Media Arts (ASM 2O)

Course Overview

Course Title: Media Arts, Grade 10
Course Code: ASM2O
Grade: 10
Course Type: Open
Credit Value: 1.0
Prerequisite: None required
Department: The Arts
Tuition Fee (CAD): $529

This course enables students to create media art works by exploring new media, emerging technologies such as digital animation, and a variety of traditional art forms such as film, photography, video, and visual arts. Students will acquire communications skills that are transferable beyond the media arts classroom and develop an understanding of responsible practices related to the creative process. Students will develop the skills necessary to create and interpret media art works.

Overall Curriculum Expectations

By the end of the course, students will gain proficiency in the following areas:

Creating and Presenting
  • demonstrate an understanding of the terminology associated with information
  • The Creative Process: apply the creative process to create media art works, individually and/or collaboratively;
  • The Principles of Media Arts: design and produce media art works, applying principles of media arts and using various elements from contributing arts (dance, drama, music, visual arts);
  • Using Technologies, Tools, and Techniques: apply traditional and emerging technologies, tools, and techniques to produce and present media art works for a variety of audiences and purposes.

Reflecting, Responding and Analysing
  • The Critical Analysis Process: demonstrate an understanding of the critical analysis process by examining, interpreting, assessing, and reflecting on media art works;
  • Identity and Values: demonstrate an understanding of how media art works reflect personal and cultural identity, and affect personal, cultural, and community values and their awareness of those values;
  • Connections Beyond the Classroom: demonstrate an understanding of the types of knowledge and skills developed in media arts and how they can be used outside the media arts classroom.

  • Terminology: demonstrate an understanding of, and use correct terminology when referring to, elements, principles, and other concepts relating to media arts;
  • Contexts and Influences: demonstrate an understanding of the sociocultural and historical contexts of media arts;
  • Responsible Practices: demonstrate an understanding of responsible practices associated with producing, presenting, and experiencing media art works.

Unit Overview

Unit 1: Exploring Media Arts
You will gain an appreciation of the key roles media arts play in your life. You will review and reinforce the elements of media art and the different concepts that have emerged over the years. You will work through different media presentation software that will enable you to explore the world of media arts in our society. This unit assists you in developing an understanding of media art by providing an overview of the different media associated with this genre of art. 
15 hours
Unit 2: Graphic Design
You will develop a familiarity with basic concepts, techniques, and approaches to create and work with a graphics program. This unit is designed to provide you with experience using the interface and tools while covering basic techniques of image editing and design. You will use this knowledge when moving on to more advanced image editing and design techniques such as web graphics or photo montage. You are then exposed to the use of different new media and techniques to help you create your own contemporary images with an emphasis on the artist process. By the end of the unit, you are prepared to work in a graphics editing program.
20 hours
Unit 3: Photography
You will learn the fundamentals involved in taking great photographs. You will be introduced to the different elements that provide an impact, and help photo selection convey a visual message. You will learn the basic operation of a camera and the different principles involved; including lighting techniques. You will be encouraged to use the knowledge gained to produce creative works of a higher standard. You will learn the ins and outs of the different shooting techniques that can be used to create a photograph, and how you can use photo editing software to enhance your image further. 
20 hours
Unit 4: Sound and Moving Image
As part of the animation component to the course, you will assess your level of awareness and knowledge of animation techniques and history. You will be given the basic animation techniques, and approaches to create animations. You will broaden your artistic knowledge by researching the development and evolution of animation in popular culture. You are exposed to flipbooks, zoetropes and thaumatropes. By the end of the unit, you will be prepared to present your animation.
20 hours
Unit 5: Web Design
You will learn the design principles and the different design concepts needed to create a web page. You will also learn the HTML language needed in order to create an Internet based page. You will work through different practice exercises enforcing the knowledge gained in learning the HTML language. This unit will assist you in developing an understanding of a web page and what is involved in its creation. You will also be made aware of the design element do’s and don’ts that are required for creating good design. You will be involved in the construction of a web site using the knowledge gained in this unit. 
20 hours
Unit 6: Culminating Activity
You will complete a culminating activity for the unit that will demonstrate the knowledge and skills you have gained throughout the course, both through testing and the creating of a personal portfolio web site.
15 hours
Total Hours110 hours
Teaching and Learning Strategies

Enthusiastic teachers and instructors bring unique teaching and assessment methods to the classroom because students learn best when they are engaged in a range of different learning techniques. The activities allow students to apply learned concepts to current world social, economic, and environmental issues which impact daily life. Opportunities to relate knowledge and skills to these wider contexts will motivate students to learn in a meaningful way and to become life-long learners. Instructors also inspire students to become successful problem solvers by investigating, providing alternative reasoning and solutions to problems as well as dedicating time and energy to the tasks at hand.

Effective instructional techniques utilize students’ existing knowledge and by capturing their interest and engaging in meaningful participation. Students will be engaged when they are able to see the correlation between the learned concepts and their ability to apply them to the world around them and in real-life situations. Students will have the chance to learn using a wide range of methods which include self-learning, cooperative learning as well as learning through teacher guidance as well has hands-on experiences. The methods and strategies teachers implement will be tailored to the learning requirements and the individual needs of the students. Teachers will achieve effective instruction in an online environment by using videos, interactive animations and virtual labs and discussion forums and video conferencing/live chat.

Individualized Accommodations for Students

Our methodology for student assessment follows the Growing Success Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting in Ontario Schools First Edition, Covering Grades 1 to 12 (2010) manual published by the Ontario Ministry of Education. Assessment is the process of gathering information that accurately reflects how well a student is achieving the curriculum expectations in a subject or course. Assessment tools are designed to improve student learning which includes descriptive feedback, coaching, observations and self-assessments. In addition, student can be independent and set individual goals, monitor progress against these goals, determine next steps and reflect on their thinking and learning.

For a student with special education needs who requires modified or alternative expectations, assessment and evaluation of his or her achievement will be based on the modified curriculum expectations or alternative expectations outlined in the student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). Accommodations required to facilitate the student’s learning may be identified by the teacher, however recommendations from a School Board generated in the form of an Individual Education Plan (IEP) should be used, if available. 

For a student with special education needs who requires “accommodations only”, as described in his or her IEP, assessment and evaluation of achievement will be based on the appropriate subject/ grade/course curriculum expectations and the achievement levels outlined in the curriculum documents.

A student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) describes his or her educational program and any accommodations that may be required. The IEP specifies whether the student requires:
accommodations only; or
modified learning expectations, with the possibility of accommodations;

Assessment accommodations are changes in procedures that enable the student to demonstrate his
or her learning. These may include:
visual supports to clarify verbal instructions, assistive devices, or some form of human support;
alternative methods for the student to demonstrate his or her achievement of expectations (e.g., allowing the student to take tests orally) or the allowance of extra time to complete the assessment;
alternative settings that may be more suitable for the student to demonstrate his or her learning.

If accommodations are required to assess and evaluate student learning, the strategies to be used are outlined in the student’s IEP.
For further details about the different types of accommodations, modified learning expectation and alternative programs please refer to Growing Success Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting in Ontario Schools First Edition, Covering Grades 1 to 12 (2010)

Materials Required

Standard Computer Requirements for all courses:
-Processor speed of 2 GHz or faster
-Memory of 4 GB RAM or greater
-A high speed internet connection with a connection speed of 10 MB/s or better.
-Monitor and video card with 1024×768 or greater resolution
-Keyboard and Mouse is recommended
-Access to PhotoShop (available online)