VISUAL ARTS AND MULTIMEDIA PROGRAM

LMAC Visual Arts and Multimedia

In Secondary 3 and 4, Laurier Macdonald students are enrolled in the Visual Arts and Multimedia program. This provides them with the opportunity to explore new ways of creating and transforming imagery and content using technological tools and methods.

Using a variety of resources, students will create still and spatiotemporal images, with and without sound, opening up new avenues of production and appreciation.

VAMM Program Courses

In Secondary 5, Laurier Macdonald students are able to select Visual Arts and Multimedia optional courses which will allow them to pursue personal interests, develop specific skills and prepare college portfolios.

Advanced Art

Advanced Art explores the elements and principles of art and how they relate to drawing, painting, sculpture and graphic design.  Students will be exposed to a wide variety of tools, materials and techniques, and will examine artistic trends and concepts.

Students choosing Advanced Art should have some ability or interest in drawing, painting, sculpture or graphic design, and be willing to grow and develop their artistic capability and understanding.

Advanced Art skills are transferable to any continuing education or employment: adaptability, analysis, attention to detail, creativity, focus, open-mindedness, patience and self-direction are only a few.

Career paths in which artistic experience would be a definite asset are advertising, animation, architecture, art therapy, comics, education, fashion or jewelry design, mural painting, tattoo art, screen printing and many others.

Computer Science

This course relates specifically, but not exclusively, to computer programming. Students will be provided with the underlying fundamental skills of Java and/or Python computer languages. The intent of this course is not to train “professional programmers”, but rather for students to acquire a general understanding of programming that can be applied to other computer programming environments.

The students will be using programs like Scratch, Alice and ToonBoom to develop their initial programming skills. Also, online resources like CodeAcademy and Code.org will be used as a more practical approach to learning. The students will not be required to purchase any programs to further their knowledge at home, as these resources are free and available online. Students will also be exploring the creation of programs or applications (mobile phone applications, games…) and may incorporate basic elements of web, graphic or video design.

It is recommended that anyone taking this course enjoys and/or has an understanding of computer basics. Students should also be open to collaboration and must possess the ability to set and respect deadlines in the completion of personal projects.

Successful completion of this course will provide the student with an experience that will assist in further studies in the fields of computer science and technology.

Drama

Drama is designed to introduce students to the art of theatre and performance.  Drama involves the creation and performance of action with characters, using elements of a stage and following certain conventions that may vary according to place and historical period.  This art form can be defined through four main focuses: playwriting, performance, stage directing and audience reception.

Students will:  explore basic principles of acting; study a general history of theatre; understand basic stage and rehearsal terms; discover their voice as a writer and actor; learn how to think like a detective when rehearsing a scene; practice and understand the value of repetition; uncover the audition process; stage a performance.

Active participation and commitment is a requirement for this course.  By engaging in tasks that focus on creating, performing and appreciating various art forms, students will deepen their awareness and their knowledge of the world of arts and value its contribution.  Students will be given both written and reading homework throughout the year.

Moreover, theatre is a collaborative art form.  This course is dependent on the respect, co-operation, and positive enthusiasm of every member for the success of the program.  This course will strengthen the student's ability to listen, think and speak.  It will help all students develop both a personal discipline and creative habit vital in all future career paths.

Music Production

This course focuses on advanced music composition techniques. Students will develop their skills in digital music production through the use of state-of-the-art, software-based “virtual” studios such as Reason and Mixcraft, as well as traditional live studio recording techniques using the industry-leading Pro-Tools platform.

Because this course focuses on studio production and recording techniques and music performance itself, it is strongly recommended that students who register for this course already have some familiarity with musical theory and have access to at least one instrument. Students with no background in music are welcome to register, however, they should have a profound appreciation for music and a strong desire to learn. Students should also be open to collaboration, be able to work cooperatively, and possess the ability to set and respect deadlines in the completion of personal projects.

Successful completion of this course will provide students with an experience that will assist in further studies in the fields of music production and sound design. Such programs further qualify graduates for careers as live sound technicians, studio sound engineers, music producers, sound designers for film and television, and many more.

Photography

This course focuses on advanced photography techniques for the digital age. Students will develop skills in both landscape and studio portrait photography and will be introduced to the latest technological innovations such as HDR photography and leading-edge digital imaging software.

While no specific experience in photography is required, students who register for this course should have an authentic interest in photography and have access to a digital camera (not a cellphone). Students should be self-motivated and possess the ability to set and respect deadlines in the completion of personal projects.

Successful completion of this course will provide students with a portfolio that will assist in CEGEP applications for Creative Arts or Professional Photography programs. Such programs further qualify graduates for careers in advertising studios, public relations agencies, portrait studios, editorial offices of magazines and publishers, and many more.

Video Production

This course focuses on advanced digital video production techniques. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of scripting, filming, editing, and sound design and will further develop their skills through the creation of various video projects such as music videos and short films.

While no specific experience in video production is required, students who register for this course should have an authentic interest in filmmaking and have a moderate understanding of computers. Students should also be open to collaboration, be able to work cooperatively, and possess the ability to set and respect deadlines in the completion of personal projects.

Successful completion of this course will provide students with an experience that will assist in further studies in the field of video production. Such programs further qualify graduates for careers as in media, journalism, directing, cinematography, editing, sound design, and many other emerging mediums