The Digital Photo and Design classes offered at South River High give students the opportunity to learn new knowledge and to experience a variety of ways to learn and solve problems in the area of visual design. Throughout the program students attain information about the camera and the basic principles of photography. Critical and creative thinking skills will be integrated into all studio experiences by manipulating student gathered images on the computer. Students will be challenged to solve photographic and digital problems based on the work of digital artists, master photographers, and graphic designers. Photo 1 introduces the camera and the software Photoshop. Then the students move on to the year long course, Photo II to refine their skills and to create more involved, complex works of art. If the students completes the Digital II course, they would then take Digital III , which is an Honors course and more of an independent and rigorous course. In the Senior year students can complete the program with the AP 2D Design class with a focus on digital works. The students are required to have at least one year of Photo II in order to register for AP2D. 2D awards college credit based on a passing score of a portfolio of their strongest works. A notebook serves as a resource for technical information, processes, idea generation and written commentary in all classes. All digital imaging should come from student generated work or family archival photographs.
The current program we are using is Adobe Photoshop CS3 but sometime soon we are are being upgraded to CS4. It is a very expensive program ($600 street) but you can purchase it at a student rate from Adobe.com