Technology & Media Arts (TAMA)

Welcome to TAMA! The Technology & Media Arts Department offers courses in: Computer Essentials, Introduction to Computer Science with Java, Advanced Placement Computer Science, Digital Graphics & Multimedia Publishing, Yearbook, and Video Production.

Computer Essentials and Introduction to Computer Science with Java can be taken to meet the Moreau technology requirement for graduation. The Java course is also a prerequisite for the Advanced Placement course. The Technology & Media Arts Department takes pride in offering courses that keep Moreau Catholic High School technologically among the leaders of Bay area high schools.

Department Members

Gary Gongwer, Dave Baptist, Paul McKenna, Kristen Parker, Elizabeth Zepeda

 

249. Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles

Full year, 10 units, Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Completion of at least one TAMA course or approval of instructor.

Comment: This course meets the UC “g” requirement.

This course introudces students to the central ideas of computer science, instilling the ideas and practices of computational thinking and inviting students to understand how computing changes the world. This is accomplished by focusssing on the ideas of Creativity, Abstraction, Data & Information, Algorithms, Programming, the Internet, and the Global Impact of Computing.

252. HTML and Web Page Design

Semester, 5 units, Grades 10-12
 
Comment: This course is pending UC "g" eligibility

This elective course is designed to teach students how to create a basic webpage and a fully functional web site. Students will be introduced to the basics of HTML coding and develop design skills utilizing the graphic and animation tools in Adobe Dreamweaver, Fireworks, and Flash. As part of the course, students will learn to analyze a variety of websites focusing on visual appearance, navigation structure, and usability issues. The students will also examine issues regarding internet ethics, e-commerce, and the new technologies that impact the web experience. Assignments will include the design of personal sites, as well as a group-produced site for an outside client.

254. Digital Photography

Semester, 5 units, Grades 10-12
 
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: Students must provide own digital camera. See Note below.
Comment: This course meets the UC "g" requirement.

This semester long course will serve as an introduction to digital photography. Basics will be taught including how to select a digital camera, understanding exposure and mastering shooting with a digital camera. Students will progress to understand effective composition and be able to determine the best equipment and settings necessary to shoot in numerous environments. In the studio, students will learn to enhance their photos using Adobe Photoshop as well as learn artistic techniques. Different color modes and resolution will be introduced, as students will produce work both for web and print results. Current artists and techniques will be studied and compared to older artists and methods. Various photographic genres will be explored, including portraiture, landscape, and photojournalism. Camera Requirements: Students will need to provide their own camera for this course (specifics will be covered in class). Students may use their own cameras if they are at least 4.0 mega pixels and have the option of full manual settings. Moreau Catholic High School will NOT provide digital cameras for students enrolled in this course.

256. Introduction to Computer Science: Java

Semester, 5 units, Grades 10-12
 
Comment: This course meets the UC "g" requirement.

This course is a basic, one-semester course in programming and problem solving with Java. This course is intended as a prerequisite to the Advanced Placement Computer Science course, but also serves as an introduction to object oriented programming in Java. The topics covered will include (but are not limited to): Understanding how Java programs work, Storing and changing information in a Program, Using strings to communicate, Using conditional tests to make decisions, Repeating actions with loops, Creating and Describing objects.

257. Gaming Analysis and Design

Semester, 5 units, Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: 10th grade students will need instructor approval

Comment: This course meets the UC “g” requirement

This course looks at the design, programming and impact of video games. Approximately one half of the course is devoted to programming, taking into account the importance of the design process. Narrative, character development, design principles, and playability all factor into each programming project. As games in the context of society is treated with equal importance, the class looks at the social impact of games in informing, educating, and altering behavior. The course also engages in the ongoing debates in the media involving gaming.

260. Robotics Engineering

Semester, 5 units, Grades 10-12
 
Comment: This course meets the UC "g" requirement.

This course is an introduction to the engineering process of problem solving through the use of robotics. The course will involve constructing robots, programming their movements, incorporating input from sensors, all with the goal of performing increasingly complicated tasks.

263. AP Computer Science A

Full year, 10 units, Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: Completion of Introduction to Java with a B or better, or HTML & Web Page Design with a B or better, or approval of instructor.

Comment: This course meets the UC “g” requirement.

Students will be prepared for the Advanced Placement test in Computer Science by learning object-oriented programming first at an elementary level and then progressing to an advanced level during the year. Students enrolled in this course will already be familiar with programming and will continue to enhance that knowledge with additional programming experiences using the Java language. Students must take the Advanced Placement test in Computer Science when they enroll in this class.

264. Digital Graphics & Multimedia Publishing

Semester, 5 units, Grades 10-12
 
Prerequisite: Recommended for students who plan to take Computer Project Work Experience, Journalism, or Yearbook.
Comment: This course meets the UC "g" requirement.

This course will show students a means of adapting artistic skills to electronic media and the use of graphics in computing. It will introduce the techniques and design principles needed to produce a variety of creative documents including posters, logos, advertisements, and publication layouts. Students will develop intermediate skills in the use of the software programs included in the Adobe Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator), as well as, Dreamweaver, and Flash. In addition, students will analyze several forms of media (including magazine, newspaper, video, and the world wide web) to learn how graphics are used to convey meaning.

265. Video/Film Arts I (MCTV)

Semester, 5 units, Grades 11-12
 
Comment: This course meets the UC "g" requirement.

This course will instruct students in three basic areas: contemporary broadcast media, critical analysis with an emphasis on interpretation and aesthetic qualities, and hands-on video production including camera operation, lighting, sound, script-writing, and editing. The primary focus of the course is the art of communication and the creative process required to produce a quality video/radio productions. Media literacy is also a component of the course and involves the study and analysis of how film and video impacts society.

266. Video/Film Arts II (Adv. MCTV)

Semester, 5 units, Grades 11-12
 
Prerequisite: Student must have taken Video/Film Arts I (265) or approval of instructor.
Comment: This course meets the UC "g" requirement.
This course may be repeated.

Students enrolled in this course will continue to focus on the art of communication in video and film production with an emphasis on broadcast journalism. Students will be expected to undertake independent projects of greater length and will be entrusted with greater responsibilities for the production of MCTV's live weekly newscasts. Media and visual literacy in addition to critical analysis of current video and film art forms will continue to be central to the content of this class.

267. Computer Project Work Experience

Semester, 5 units, Pass/Fail, Grades 11-12
 
Prerequisite: Approval of Director of Technology
Comment: This course meets the UC "g" requirement.
This course may be repeated.

Students enrolled in this course will use computers to work on and complete term projects. These projects may include research, problem solving, and a variety of tasks. Students will learn how to use software as the projects arise and be expected to complete projects in a timely fashion. Finally, students will be assigned various help desk functions, assisting staff and instructors with software and hardware needs.

268. Advanced Digital Graphics

Semester, 5 units, Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: At least one of the following courses: Design Graphics, Digital Photography, Advanced Art, Game Design & Analysis, Web Design and/or permission from the instructor.

Comment: This course meets the UC “f” requirement.

In Advanced Digital Design students will learn effective visual communication skills through design projects based on specific aesthetic and goal requirements. This course takes the skills and knowledge learned in digital graphics, digital photography, game design and/or web design and introduces advanced topics in form, style, and criticism. The fundamentals of typography (letter & type design), layout and design, logo design, cartooning and illustration will be studied. Students will also consider the influence of the medium on culture and the ethics involved in digital design. Programs used will include Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash and Dreamweaver). At the end of the course students will create a portfolio showcasing their compositions and skills. This portfolio could be used for A.P. Studio Art.

270. Graphic Design Work Experience

Semester, 5 units, Pass/Fail, Grades 11-12

Prerequisite: Approval of the Marketing and Communications Director.

This course may be repeated for credit. Students selected for this position will assist Moreau's Marketing and Communications Department in the creation of graphic design and multimedia materials. Students with experience in graphic design, photography or video are encouraged to apply. At the end of this semester-long position, students will have developed a portfolio of high level work and receive a letter of recommendation for college applications and/or their continued pursuits in this field. An interview is required prior to acceptance.

134. Journalism and Modern Media

Full year, 10 units, Grades 10-12

Prerequisite: Students must maintain at least an 80% overall average in English of their two semester grades combined (i.e., a student may have a 77% one semester and 83% in the other), and approval of instructor. No concurrent enrollment with Yearbook.

Comment: • This course meets the UC “g” requirement • This course does not meet the senior MCHS English requirement • This course does meet the MCHS TAMA requirement

The formation of news into journalistic style and the analysis of the techniques of modern mass media, especially radio and television, are emphasized. Students specialize in feature writing, sports writing, editorial writing, or in-depth reporting, editing and revising. The course will also examine how media influence American society. The class is responsible for writing and editing the school newspaper.

814. Yearbook

Full year, 10 units, Grades 11-12
 
Prerequisite: Approval of instructor
Comment: No concurrent enrollment in Journalism allowed.
Students must complete an application process for instructor approval.
At least one of either The Digital Graphics & Multimedia Publishing or Writing for Publication courses is recommended prior to taking this class.
This course may be repeated


The production of the yearbook is an important annual event at Moreau Catholic. While working on the yearbook staff, students learn and develop a variety of design and graphics skills, caption writing, photography skills, and management skills. The entire book is produced digitally and students master Adobe InDesign and Photoshop. The yearbook staff creates the entire yearbook, including the theme, cover design, and content. Students plan the sections, select and correct photos, write all copy and design all spreads. Besides being a regularly scheduled class, yearbook production also requires a time commitment to work after school and during collaboration to complete deadlines. Although this challenge requires a great deal of responsibility, the rewards are tangible, as your work will be professionally published.

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