Computers

The use of computers in graphic design, page layout, social media, and computer art makes computer technology very important in today’s world. It is important that students learn how to use the computer as a tool. All sophomores will choose 2 half year classes from the 4 courses listed below. Students may select an additional computer course during their junior and/or senior year as an elective.

Course Descriptions

Creative Design: Adobe Photoshop

This course is designed for students with an interest in graphic design and digital art. Students will familiarize themselves with Adobe Photoshop’s industry standard editing software and its expansive set of features. Image resolution, toolbars, layers, elements of digital art, color correction and typography will all be explored.

 

Creative Design: Adobe Illustrator

This course is designed for students with an interest in digital art and illustration. Don’t know how to illustrate? Not a problem. Illustrator’s vector based tools makes it easy for anyone to become a digital illustrator. Units include: logo design, web illustration, retro art posters, cinematic movie posters, vector landscapes and icon design. Create powerful digital graphics for print or web and get a taste of one of the most popular pieces of design software in the world.
 

Digital Photography/ND Publications

This course will focus on digital photography, the impact Adobe Photoshop can have on it and its application to publications. Different styles of photography will be explored including still life, action, candid, nature and more. Students will also contribute photographs to the school community including the yearbook, social media sites, and the ND web-site. Throughout the course students will be building an online photography portfolio. 

 

Multimedia Video Editing

Learn the basic skills necessary to develop, produce, and edit student-created videos. Create commercials, public service announcements, movie trailers, mini documentaries and music videos. iMovie skills will include importing/exporting various video resolutions, movie clips, titles, transitions, extracting/implementing audio tracks and syncing sound with video.  


Advanced Graphic Design

Students will explore the world of graphic arts as it relates to advertising and marketing in the real world. All aspects of Photoshop and scanning will be covered. Photographic retouching, collage creations, logo design, mock publications and advertisements will also be covered in Photoshop.

Students will explore advanced Photoshop features working with layers, adjustment layers, masking, texturizing and more. Fully interactive websites will be created. Students will use Adobe Dreamweaver to create attractive web pages and organize them into professional quality. All work will be posted to the internet.

Adobe Illustrator is explored in depth. Students will create computer drawing and art with the use if the pen tool, pathfinder tools, effects, color management. Illustrations will range from nature landscapes to cartoon characters.

Students will use Adobe InDesign to create advanced print projects including booklets, calendars and novelty print items.Students will also experiment and explore movie making utilizing iMovie and HD video cameras found in our lab. Students must have completed the Intro course in order to take AGD.


Yearbook Design and Layout

The Notre Dame Yearbook is created in-house during the school year in this class. Yearbook is an elective class available to juniors and seniors. Students will learn Adobe InDesign and utilize the iMac lab for the creation of the yearbook. They will be expected to master Herff-Jones (our yearbook company) software. Students will write copy, take photographs, create an overall graphic look, and layout the entire yearbook.

Computer Facilities

Notre Dame Catholic High School is committed to providing an up-to-date technological education. In completing this goal, we have four computer areas available for student use. All classrooms have computers connected to our network and the Internet. The number of computers in our school has grown to exceed 200. All computers are connected to a Novell Netware network using four servers. ND has three classroom labs, 1 of them with 30 computers running in a Microsoft Windows XP environment, and two labs equipped with Apple iMacs. Each computer is linked to our school Local Area Network, which allows each computer to access common files off the school servers. All computers have direct Internet access and e-mail connections. All computers are connected to networked printers. Students have access to Hewlett Packard and Dell LaserJet printers, available in both color and black & white, in each lab. Scanners are readily available for student use in both the computer labs and the library. Regular classes can be held in the computer labs for special instruction such as S.A.T. prep courses, mathematics programs, student presentations and Internet research use in all disciplines. 

A fourth computer area is open during the entire school day for student use. The 40 computers in the library have the same software as each of the classroom labs, allowing students to continue working on their projects when not in class. Students may use the Internet in the Library for research and personal use. Parents can feel safe because we use Surf Control as an Internet filter to watch all connections and sites used on the Internet. Our school has an "Acceptable Use Policy" for the use of our computers and network. Novell BorderManager provides a secure firewall preventing outside hackers from accessing our network. Our proxy cache accelerates users' access to information on the net. Notre Dame has SMART Boards available for teacher and student use permanently mounted in all classrooms. A SMART Board is an interactive whiteboard that is connected to a computer and a data projector. The interactive electronic whiteboard is great colorful tool for demonstrations.