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.

Business Management

This course is designed for individuals who are interested in managing and operating a business venture characterized by innovation and risk-taking.  The program is important for students to develop entrepreneurial skills, take initiative, meet challenges, translate ideas into action, and become the architect of one’s own future. 

The entrepreneurial culture takes part in the form of projects involving working with people, showing creativity, developing strategies and business like skills.  Students must be actively involved and consider how they would be engaged in the world of entrepreneurship as an entrepreneur.  Therefore, projects require students to create businesses and products suitable for their community and become aware of the impact of businesses and employment in our evolving global environment.  Students are introduced to marketing concepts and marketing research methods that offer a good understanding of the customers’ needs and the competitive environment in which firms operate. 

Successful completion of this course will help students prepare for the workplace and will assist in further studies in the fields of marketing, accounting and commerce.

Computer Science

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

The students will use programs like Scratch to develop their initial programming skills.  Also, online resources like CodeAcademy, Code.org, W3 and Trinket 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 apps, games, etc.) and may incorporate basic elements of web, graphic or video design.

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

Creative Writing

Designed for students with a passion for literature and film, this course offers students an opportunity to further develop and refine their skills in writing both fiction and non-fiction works.  Particular attention will be paid to the genres of screenwriting, short stories, memoirs, blogging, and travel journalism.

In addition to exploring the various stages of the creative process, students will also be prepared for the business of publishing and promoting by examining topics such as developing a pitch, self-publishing, and building an author platform through social media

Whether writing for enjoyment or a possible career, successful completion of this course will provide students with a body of publication-quality pieces.

Music Production

This course focuses on advanced music production 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 not 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 t 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

The 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 ad 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.  Such programs further qualify graduates for careers in advertising studios, public relations agencies, portrait studios, editorial offices or magazines and publishers and more.

Film Studies

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

While no specific experience in video production is required, students who register for this course should have an authentic interest in film making 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 and film studies.  Such programs further qualify graduates for careers in media, journalism, directing, cinematography, editing, sound design and many other emerging mediums.

Fine Art

This course examines how the elements and principles of art relate to the fields of drawing, painting, sculpting and printmaking.  Students will be exposed to a wide variety of tools, materials and techniques (including both traditional and digital media), and will examine artistic trends and concepts.

Students choosing Fine Arts should have some ability and interest in drawing, painting or sculpture, and be willing to develop their artistic capability and understanding.

Special attention is given to the development of an original and extensive portfolio aimed at meeting the requirements of a college level program such as Visual Art, Illustration and Design, Interior Design, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, 3D Animation, Fashion Design, Costume Design and Creative Arts.

Graphic Design

This course is designed for individuals who are interested in applying their creativity to communicating ideas and concepts in both print and digital media.  Students will be trained in typography, problem solving, and basic fundamentals of creativity such as color and form.  They will also be introduced to major movements in art and design.

Students choosing Graphic Design should have some ability and interest in drawing, design, problem-solving and be willing to develop their artistic capabilities and understanding.

Successful completion of this course will provide students with a portfolio that will assist in CEGEP applications for Graphic Design, Visual Arts, Creative Arts, Studio Arts, and Illustration and Design. 

Intensive Team Sports

This course will focus on offering students a wide variety of team sports.  Students will be exposed to existing and new team sports through a variety of drills and well participate in tournament style formats.  This course will focus largely on exposure to new games, team play and participation.

Successful completion of this course will give the students an increased knowledge and ability to participate in a wide variety of team sports.