Digital Arts

Digital Arts courses encompass all the principles and elements of design. Student will create works of art using computers, scanners, digital cameras, graphics software and drawing tablets.


Digital Arts 1 – This course is designed to develop basic entry-level skills required for careers in the digital publishing industry. The content includes computer skills; digital publishing concepts and operations; layout, design, and measurement activities; decision-making activities; and digital imaging.


Digital Arts 2 – The content includes computer skills; digital publishing operations; layout, design, and measurement activities; and digital imaging as well as communication, collaboration and decision-making activities; critical thinking; and problem solving.


Digital Arts 3 – This course continues the development of industry-standard skills required for careers in the digital publishing industry. The content includes the use of a variety of software and equipment to perform digital publishing and digital imaging activities as well as communication, collaboration and decision-making activities; critical thinking; and problem solving.


3D Design Portfolio – Students work in a self-directed environment to develop a portfolio showing a body of their own work that visually explores a particular artistic concern, articulated and supported by a written artist’s statement. Artists may work in, but are not limited to, content in clay, wood, wire, glass, metal, jewelry, fabrics/fibers, fashion design, green design, industrial design, and/or objects for interior design or architecture that integrate 3-dimensional design issues in a purposeful way. Students regularly reflect on aesthetics and art issues individually and as a group, and manipulate the structural elements of art and organizational principles of design to create 3-dimensional works of art that are progressively more innovative and representative of the student’s artistic and cognitive growth. In keeping with the rigor expected in an accelerated setting, students’ portfolios show personal vision and artistic growth over time, mastery of visual art skills and techniques, and evidence of sophisticated analytical and problem-solving skills based on their structural, historical, and cultural knowledge. Students are self-directed and display readiness for high levels of critical thinking, research, conceptual thinking, and creative risk-taking. This course incorporates hands-on activities and consumption of art materials.


AP Studio Art 2D Portfolio – This course is a CAPE Innovation course under Sections 1003.4203 and 1008.44, Florida Statutes. In addition to the Advanced Placement content and examinations, this course includes career performance expectations, specifically, the attainment of the Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) Visual Communication using Adobe Photoshop (new Creative Cloud version only) certification.


AP Art History – The AP Art History course is equivalent to a two-semester college survey course exploring the nature of art, art making, and responses to art. By investigating specific course content of 250 works of art characterized by diverse artistic traditions from prehistory to the present, students develop in-depth, holistic understanding of the history of art from a global perspective. Students become active participants in the global art world, engaging with its forms and content. They experience, research, discuss, read, and write about art, artists, art making, responses to, and interpretations of art.


Andrea Goodson
andrea.goodson@polk-fl.net