ART 1 offers students a comprehensive art experience with detailed explorations of artistic mediums such as drawing, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, graphic design, and fiber arts. In addition, students will learn art history, color theory, analysis and critique, interpretation, and appreciation of art. Building upon the APIS K-8 art curriculum, this course will help the students take their work to the next level and develop their own voice as artists.

  Digital Animation is a project-based course that will provide students with opportunities to acquire the knowledge and skills required to create a variety of animated short films in the areas of classical animation, 2D computer animation, stop-motion, and 3D animation. Students will work both independently and as part of a production team to design and produce media products in a project-driven environment. The course will provide students with an analytical and critical understanding of animation from past to present. Students will also examine standards and regulations governing the industry, health and safety issues, careers in the field, and the importance of lifelong learning. Digital animation will provide essential skills and work habits that are important for success in careers in the field. Students will also expand their awareness of environmental and societal issues related to film production.

  Communication Technology – We live in a world heavily influenced by the moving image media. Television, movies, and internet video outlets such as YouTube entertain us, inform us, stimulate us, anger us and bore us. They influence the products we buy, the way we vote, how we see the world, and how we see ourselves. Communications Technology at APIS takes us inside these forms of digital media to see how they work and how they work on us. This course enables students to further develop media knowledge and skills while designing and producing projects in the areas of TV, video, and movie production; audio production; print and graphic communications; photography; digital imaging; broadcast journalism; and interactive new media. Students will also expand their awareness of environmental and societal issues related to communications technology, and will investigate career opportunities and challenges in a rapidly changing technological environment.

  Film Production – Do you want to be a famous director, actor, or producer? Film production is a hands-on project-based class where students get to use state-of-the-art equipment to create their own films. Students will study film as both an art form and a means of communication. They will learn the specialized vocabulary of the film and television industry and use it to express themselves clearly and succinctly in their writings about film and television. Units of study include the music video, the promotional video, the dramatic video, the documentary film, and how to become an independent commercial filmmaker. Learn the fundamentals of movie making, from storyboarding to special effects and working collaboratively to create viral videos.

  Architecture and Design provides students with opportunities to apply a design process to meet a variety of technological and architectural challenges. Students will research projects, create designs, build models and prototypes, and assess products and processes using appropriate tools, techniques, and strategies. Students will learn the basic principles of how to model 3D objects, buildings, and environments using 3D computer software in the Mac Lab. Students will create virtual worlds and environments that can be used for video game development and visual fx, with an emphasis on the fundamentals of architecture and design. Student projects may include designs for homes, vehicles, bridges, robotic arms, clothing, furniture, commercial and residential, or other products. Finished projects will be printed using the 3D printer, turning ideas into a reality.

  Recording Arts introduces students to the art and craft of recording for music and sound productions. Emphasizing hands-on, project-based learning, students will become familiar with the operation of professional recording equipment and Pro Tools software. Over the course of the year students will work collaboratively and independently to create projects such as techno tracks, raps, acoustic recordings, and podcasts. Students will also learn, and gain experience, following through the different stages of a recording project from preproduction, tracking, editing, mixing, and mastering. Students are not required to have a background in music theory or performance, but a willingness to participate in class recordings is important.

  AP Studio Art is intended for highly motivated students who are seriously interested in developing skills in the area of composition, problem-solving, and execution. This course is recommended for students who are independent workers with a dedication to their artwork. The course is rigorous and students must demonstrate their commitment. AP Studio Art addresses three major concerns; a sense of quality, the student’s thematic concentration, and breadth of artistic experience and technique. The course objectives include: encouraging creative as well as systematic investigation of formal and conceptual issues in the quality, concentration, and breadth sections of the portfolio; emphasizing art as an ongoing process that involves the student in informed and critical decision making to develop ideation; and developing technical versatility and skills while using the visual elements of art and the principles of design to compose graphic images in a variety of two-dimensional designs.

  Art History encompasses a typical art history survey (Venus of Willendorf through today) fused with an exploration of the artistic innovations which advanced artistic prowess and, as a result, the history of art. Mediums explored will include frescos, egg tempera, and raku clay firing. Color theory, the elements of art and principles of design, and additional artistic techniques will also be explored. In this course, students will make connections between time periods of art history and be able to compare and contrast the art produced during those time; students will understand the elements of art and principles of design; and students will gain new knowledge of artistic time periods, vocabulary, techniques, and mediums.

  Drama & Theater will offer students an opportunity to enjoy and appreciate all aspects of drama and theater. Classwork focuses on the exploration of theater literature, performance, and cultural connections. Improvisation and scene work are used to introduce students to acting and character development. Students learn about basic characterization through physical activities and analysis of such tools as scripts, costuming, and theatrical makeup. Through creative projects and practical application, students learn to identify what makes performances believable and explore the tools used to create, articulate, and execute them. Students will have an opportunity to see a live theatrical play and are expected to participate, in one of many ways, in theatrical productions at school throughout the year.

  Woodworking provides an opportunity for students to safely use hand tools and simple power tools to create small woodworking projects that may include toys, games, household items,etc. Students will be able to choose from a list of projects and complete these projects as they explore basic woodworking techniques. As students demonstrate understanding and ability to advance, they will have the opportunity to design their own projects and complete them. During the second semester, students will also explore concepts of aerodynamics and aeronautics and complete a study of four flying models and construct them.