Core Design and Innovation

Department:
Credit:
0.5
CA/DI/CELT
Length:
1 Semester
Grade Level (s):
9
10
11
12
  • Prerequisite/Corequisite (s):
    None

Students undertaking Core Design and Innovation choose two 9-week modules or one 18-week module, within the areas of Visual Arts, Design, Engineering, and Technology to focus on over the course of a semester, and will focus on the concepts, knowledge, and skills of each module. Students may take up to four semesters of Core Design and Innovation. 


Core Design and Innovation Modules


NINE (9) WEEKS MODULE OPTIONS 

CDI: 2D Media Application
*9 weeks (CA Credit) 
In this introductory module, students will explore creating through a wide range of visual 2D media. Through a series of exercises, students will explore the possibilities of expression that arise when a variety of media and supportive surfaces are combined. 

CDI: Ceramics *9 weeks (CA Credit) 
In this introductory module, students will explore artistic expression through the use of ceramics. Through a series of exercises, students will explore the possibilities of expression that arise when it comes to ceramics. 

CDI: Cybersecurity *9 weeks (DI Credit) 
In this introductory module, students will be investigating topics related to, but not limited to: malware, cryptography, physical security, and ethics and society. Throughout a series of exercises, students explore the foundational knowledge behind cybersecurity and how it impacts society. 

CDI: Drawing *9 weeks (CA Credit) 
In this introductory module, students will focus on foundational drawing concepts: Perspective, proportion, line. Throughout the duration of the course, students will learn to accurately represent scenes around them on a 2D surface. 

CDI: Electronics *9 weeks (DI Credit) 
In this introductory module, students will explore concepts related to electronics and circuitry. Keeping electrical theory at the foundation, through a series of exercises students will explore the creative possibilities of electronic gadgets through Arduinos, Raspberry Pi’s, Makey Makey’s, Lillypads, and other electrical technologies. 

CDI: Sculpture *9 weeks (CA Credit) 
In this introductory module, students will explore artistic expression through a wide range of visual 3D media. The conventions of 3D media will be reconsidered and expanded to function in and out of the contemporary media landscape. Through a series of exercises, students will explore the possibilities of expression that arise when a variety of media and supportive surfaces are combined. 

CDI: Digital Art *9 weeks (CA/DI Credit) 
This module introduces students to fundamental techniques in digital design processes. Programs to be explored in this module include Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. The range of techniques covered in the course is reflective of technical practices across the contemporary field. This hands-on technical module supports the development of creative working methods providing students with a thorough understanding of editing images with Photoshop and building images from scratch using Illustrator. It is recommended that students take the Photography module before this module, but not required. 

CDI: Media Technology *9 weeks (DI Credit) 
In this introductory module, students will be able to choose a specific media technology they wish to explore and learn. With options like Apple Motion, Final Cut Pro X, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Illustrator, and many more, the sky’s the limit in their creative possibilities. 

CDI: Photography *9 weeks (CA Credit) 
This introductory module introduces students to fundamental skills in photography. This supports the development of creative working methods, composition, and camera management. Students must have their own camera with manual aperture and shutter speed control. 


EIGHTEEN (18) WEEKS MODULE OPTIONS 

CDI: Robotics *18 weeks (DI Credit) 
In this introductory module, students will have the opportunity to explore the foundations of robotics solutions. Students will become familiar with basic computer concepts, as they learn a programming language that is utilized to manipulate a robot along with various sensors. Language of studies includes but not limited to VEX Robotics with RobotC programming, LEGO EV3 Robotics with Mindstorms programming, and Arduino UNO. 

CDI: Engineering Design *18 weeks (DI Credit) 
In this introductory module, students will learn about and explore engineering. Through hands-on experience with the Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software, CNC router, 3D printer, and the laser cutter students will learn the foundation of engineering concepts. 

CDI: Computer Science & Programming *18 weeks (DI Credit) 
In this introductory module, students will explore several programming languages and select a language to be the focus of their semester. Throughout a series of exercises, students will learn their chosen programming language (ie: HTML, Java, JavaScript, Python)