DA 101 – Foundations of Digital Arts will introduce students to technical and creative principles of Digital Arts. Through lecture and in-class projects, students will work towards a strong understanding of the fundamental technical terms and concepts of digital art, image production and optimization. Students will be introduced to the technical and creative principles of digital images, file formats and colour information. A term project will be assigned and students will be guided through the processes and workflow of designing and managing a small Digital Arts project.

DA 102: History of Art, Design & Film introduces students to major movements in art and design and offers an overview of the century-long transition from the introduction of moving pictures to contemporary, digital film making. Students explore the history of visual communication through art, design and cinema.

DA 104 – Introduction to Digital Photography provides an overview of the digital camera and related equipment, digital workflow and basic image manipulation in Adobe Photoshop. A strong emphasis is placed on how to compose compelling photographs using frame and perspective. It introduces shutter speed, aperture and exposure as a means of manipulating the creative outcome of an image. Topics also include light, depth-of-field, focal length, ISO and white balance. Students must have a digital camera with aperture (Av or A), shutter speed (Tv or S), AND manual (M) modes.


DA 109:  Art Fundamentals introduces students to the fundamental elements of art. Students are encouraged to improve their existing drawing skills and to experiment with new methods of expression. Students work with still life and the human form to explore line, texture, pattern, form, shape value, depth and composition. Human anatomy and proportion are also studied. Images from art history and advertising are analyzed to challenge students to see and create critically. Students are also acquainted with basic tools in Adobe Illustrator. Students will create completed artwork with both traditional media and Illustrator software.

Introduction to Adobe Photoshop focuses on colour correction techniques, image editing, working with layers, filters and effects, and becoming proficient with different selection tools. This course prepares learners for more advanced projects in DA112 and DA113.


Learn about the anatomy and mechanics of written language then apply this understanding to choreograph text and image in your design practice. Expand your understanding of form, colour, composition, typography, hierarchy, juxtaposition and sequencing.

DA 220: Film and Audio Production allows students to integrate the skills gained in DA 122: Introduction to Video and Audio to explore best professional practices as applied to the pre-production, production and post-production process of creating and delivering a short film. Students will also explore more advancedtechniques relevant to sound recording, editing and mixing for web, presentation and digital video.

This course is designed to support you to gain the insight and skills to expand your designs into a system for communicating a consistent and clear story about a product, service, subject or organization. You will be guided through the process of developing a visual identity with steps that include understanding context, concept development, refinement, application, style guide production, and delivery of client presentations.

Multidimensional design offers students a chance to explore technologies and industry tools to produce unique products that showcase different media. Students will be guided through the use of a diverse range of tools, after which they will create their own work using the same technologies. Students will focus on developing a unique creative voice and style.

Character Design & Animation takes an exhaustive approach to character design, character creation, rigging and animation. Students explore character design and assembly, rigging, and voice and mouth-shape synchronization. They use various methods of character animation to produce professional-quality animated shorts.

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PPD 104: Introduction to Digital Design Applications developed to compliment and expand the skill set of the traditional artist. Applications will introduce students to image creation and processing techniques using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. Emphasis is placed on developing images for use in KSA studio classes. The production of unique designs and patterns to adorn ceramic vessels, fibre and jewelry is a focus of study. Creative workflow, image file types, drawing and painting tools, colour correction and artistic exploration are explored. Additional topics include an introduction to 3D-design options for fibre, jewelry, and clay production.