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Animation and Interactive Media

Have you ever wanted to design your own animations, live action films, or video games? Do you enjoy creating your own characters, stories, and games?

This academy is designed for students who have and interest in digital art. Students have the opportunity to combine creative abilities with technical skills using industry standard techniques and software. Students work independently and in teams in areas of problem solving, portfolio development and artistic promotion. Narrative and non-narrative storytelling, pitch creation, video production, 3D graphics and their applications in video games, animation and simulations are emphasized.

Electives

Students seeking a four-year postsecondary institution are advised to enroll in Art II, Photography, and or Physics.

Prerequisite

  • Art I

Certifications

Students have the opportunity to complete Adobe Premier Pro and Maya certification.

College Credit

Students who successfully complete the Animation and Interactive Media Academy program sequence, with a grade of B, or higher in academy courses, may be eligible for credits at Howard Community College.

Successful Academy Students:

  • Maintain a C average in all academy coursework.
  • Complete a senior level coursework through a work-site experience (students must provide their own transportation) OR by participating in the on-campus (ARL) course of advanced skills, which includes a capstone project.
  • Maintain and submit a journal and portfolio of senior work.

Senior Level Coursework Requirements:

  • Complete at least 8-10 hours of work-site experience per week OR daily attendance at the Applications and Research Lab.
  • Attend weekly senior seminars at the Applications and Research Lab.
  • Choose a “real world” problem to research.
  • Write and submit a research proposal, abstract, and reflection paper based on research.

Suggested Course Schedule

Below is a suggested high school course schedule for students interested in the Animation and Interactive Media Academy
Grade Level Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4 Course 5 Course 6 Course 7
Ninth Grade English required Mathematics required Science required Social Studies required Fitness & Health required Technology Education required Fine Arts available
Tenth Grade English required Mathematics required Science required Social Studies required Fine Arts Elective available Elective available
Eleventh Grade English required Mathematics required Chemistry Social Studies required Elective available Animation and Interactive Media I
Twelfth Grade English required Mathematics required Science Elective available Elective available Animation and Interactive Media II