Basics of Visual Communications

GRADES: 9, 10, 11, 12

Prerequisite: None. Computer literacy and file management skills strongly recommended.
Length: One trimester/one-half credit (may NOT be repeated for credit)

Course Description

In this course, students are introduced to the basics of visual communications. Students rotate throughout three content areas (Photography, Filmmaking and Graphic Design) to learn about composition, camera safety and handling, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, light quality and quantity, typography, storyboarding, audio production and online content publishing. Students are introduced to various applications of the Adobe Creative Cloud including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Premiere Pro.

Course qualifies for Fine Arts and Career & Tech credit.

Course Resources

  • Other websites applicable to the field
  • Adobe Classroom in a Book
  • and others

Required Material

  • OHHS Google Account
  • 3-Ring Binder or 3-Prong Folder to organize your work

Course Calendar

Course Overview (Units)

  1. Introductions
  2. Photography Basics
  3. Graphic Design Basics
  4. Filmmaking Basics
  5. Closing