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Creative Technology

Department of Creative Technology

The Department of Creative Technology focuses on the areas of computer application and design, photo manipulation, and website design.

The focus on the Department of Creative Technology is to immerse Dallas Academy’s students in current standard industry technology, and to encourage these students to make their own contribution towards advancing in this unique and vast industry.

There has never been a better time to develop and utilize creative talents. With today’s technology, we can visualize impossible events and build worlds that bring our imaginations to life. We can interact with creative environments that challenge us and connect us to global communities. Art, science, creativity, and technology are all meeting head on, which can have a profound impact on the way that we make sense of the creative side of the world around us.

Creative Technology Course Descriptions

Web Design
Students will learn the fundamental principles for creating and maintaining web pages. Each student will come to understand the use for Dreamweaver Web Design software and how it applies to today’s business world. Students will learn to build and manipulate web pages and produce assets with industry standard software and current techniques.  Although not all students will go on to be web designers, the intent is to realize a true respect for how web sites are created and how concepts are developed - this will be the main focus of this class. We will have fun creating html and Xhtml pages using original and pre-created templates.

Graphic Design
Graphic design is an introduction to digital imaging and computer-based art created within an advertising platform.  Students will explore different avenues of visual communication, self-expression, and creative problem-solving through the creation of commercial advertising and marketing materials.  All work is based upon the study, aesthetics, purpose, and criticism of digital art forms based in a commercial medium.  Ultimately each student will create a model company based on their personal interests and create assets for that organization, which include business cards, door hangers, company logos, brochures, and a design side company website.

Photoshop (Web 2)
If you want to know everything about Photoshop CS6 - you’ve come to the right place.  Each student will come to understand the use for Photoshop CS6 digital software and how it applies to image manipulation, which allows one to create and manipulate images for print, the web, and other media. Photoshop is almost limitless in its ability to manipulate and edit images, but don't let that scare you! I have created this class to help students take advantage of the many features of this industry standard software using current techniques.  Although not all students will go on to be designers or Photoshop professionals, the intent is to realize a true respect for how raster graphics are used and manipulated in all current industry situations.