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Fine Arts at CMHS...

All high school students need to complete one year (two semesters) of  fine arts for a CMHS graduation requirement.  Any of the following courses will fulfill this requirement, but may not satisfy a college fine arts entrance requirement. Students should check with their colleges of interest for specific fine arts requirements.

PLEASE NOTE:  All students enrolled in a fine arts course will be encouraged to attend several high school fine arts performances or exhibits. 

Course Descriptions

700 PHOTOGRAPHY
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
This is an introductory black and white photography class with emphasis
on the technical and artistic aspects of pictures. Students will learn how
to operate their 35 mm camera. They will develop film and print from
negatives in the darkroom. In addition to photographic work, students will
expand their understanding of composition and two dimensional design.
Materials fee: $25.00 per semester.
NOTE: Students are required to have their own 35 mm camera (See
instructor for model types)

701 ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY
Prerequisite: Photography
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 10, 11, 12
This course is for students who already know how to use their 35 mm
camera, and would like to produce more advanced black and white photos.  
Emphasis will be on more challenging photo shooting assignments,
including long exposures, night shots, “star trails” and double exposure.
Students will learn more complicated darkroom techniques such as the
effect of selective development and sabattier. Students will demonstrate
their understanding of the elements of art and principles of design through
composition and visual arrangement using projects that combine photogra-
phy and mixed media.
Materials fee: $30.00 per semester.

755 DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Prerequisite: None
 Credit: 1
Course Length: Semester
  Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
This is an introductory digital (computerized) photography class stressing
digital darkroom techniques, computerized retouching, importing and
managing of images, composition (art elements/principles of design),
and print. This course will cover digital photography through the use of
the Macintosh computer platform and Adobe Photoshop CS3 extended,
Adobe Bridge, plug-ins, ilife, and Painter 10 software. Emphasis is on the
potential to create a piece of art that can communicate in a unique way.
Materials fee: $25.00
NOTE:  Students should have their own digital camera with a 256 com-
pact flash card.

702 GRAPHIC ARTS I
Prerequisite: Junior High Studio Art, Photography or Graphics class
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
This is an introductory graphic arts class with a non-traditional approach
to art. It offers a variety of integrated graphics curricula that include draw-
ing, design development, writing, advertising, art history, photography,
and more. The Macintosh computer platform and Adobe Photoshop CS3
extended, Adobe Bridge, Illustrator CS3, Acrobat 8, plug-ins, ilife, and
Painter 10 software are utilized. Emphasis is on the potential to create a
piece of art that can communicate in a unique way. Optional materials:
Digital camera with a 256 compact flash card.
Materials fee: $25.00 per semester.
 
703 GRAPHIC ARTS II/III/IV
Prerequisite: Graphic Arts I and/or instructor approval
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 10, 11, 12
These courses are multiple year, advanced programs where emphasis is on
conceptual problem solving and technical proficiency. Students are encour-
aged to create effective artistic expression in various print related media.
Experimental treatments of typography and illustration are expected.
Knowledge of the use of a digital camera, scanner, and graphic programs
is required. The Macintosh computer platform and Adobe Photoshop CS3
extended, Adobe Bridge, Illustrator CS3, Acrobat 8, plug-ins, ilife, and
Painter 10 software are utilized. Optional materials: Digital camera with a
256 compact flash card. Materials fee:  $25.00 per semester.

704 CERAMICS AND SCULPTURE I
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Students will be taught all basic hand building techniques and basic wheel
throwing techniques needed to create successful functional and sculptural
ceramic forms. Hand building will cover coiling, pinching, slab construc-
tion, and direct modeling techniques. Wheel throwing will cover basic  
cylindrical forms: mugs, bowls, cylinders and pitchers. Low fire and high
fire clays, glazes and terra sigilattas will be used. The principles and ele-
ments of 3-dimensional design and Colorado Model Content Standards for
the Visual Arts will be taught, along with classroom safety. Materials fee:
$25.00 per semester.

723 CERAMICS AND SCULPTURE II
Prerequisite: Ceramics and Sculpture I, and instructor approval
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 10, 11, 12
Students who have completed ceramics and sculpture I may take this
course to further explore basic hand building techniques and basic wheel
throwing techniques needed to create successful functional and sculptural
ceramic forms. Hand building will cover coiling, pinching, slab construc-
tion, and direct modeling techniques. Wheel throwing will cover basic
cylindrical forms: mugs, bowls, cylinders and pitchers. Low fire and high
fire clays, glazes and terra sigilattas will be used. Preparation for Advanced
Placement 3-Dimensional Studio Art and portfolio presentation will  
be offered. The principles and elements of 3-dimensional design and
Colorado Model Content Standards for the Visual Arts will be taught,
along with classroom safety. Materials fee: $25.00 per semester.

716 SCULPTURE
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
This course is structured to give students an overview of sculpture and to
cover specific aspects of three-dimensional work, including simple and
complex forms, subtractive and additive work, and found objects. Students
will work in a variety of mediums and methods, including plaster, clay,
fabric, wood, basic casting techniques, wire forms, and perhaps stone
carving. The students are also introduced to hand and power tools, and
general safety practices. They are assessed periodically so that by the end
of the year they have a good theoretical and practical understanding of the
materials and methods required in the making of sculptural forms. Students
will also gain an appreciation of sculpture from an art history point of view
as well as an appreciation of the works of twentieth century and contempo-
rary sculptors. Materials fee: $25.00 per semester.

706 JEWELRY I
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Students will explore various possibilities of jewelry design through the
use of base metals: copper, brass, and nickel silver, along with sterling
silver. Basic metal working skills will be taught, such as piercing, forming,
texturing, riveting, overlay soldering, simple solder joining, simple band
and shank wire rings, and basic bezel setting of semiprecious stones. The
principles and elements of 3-dimensional design and Colorado Model
Content Standards for the Visual Arts will be taught, along with classroom
safety. Materials fee: $35.00 per semester

762 JEWELRY II
Prerequisite: Jewelry I and instructor approval
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 10, 11, 12
Students who have completed Jewelry I will further explore various pos-
sibilities of jewelry design through the use of base metals: copper, brass,
and nickel silver, along with sterling silver. Basic metal working skills will
be taught, such as piercing, forming, texturing, riveting, overlay soldering,
simple solder joining, simple band and shank wire rings, and basic bezel
setting of semiprecious stones. The principles and elements of 3-dimen-
sional design and Colorado Model Content Standards for the Visual Arts
will be taught, along with classroom safety. Materials fee: $35.00 per
semester

708 DRAWING AND PAINTING
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Students in this course will work with various drawing materials such as:  
charcoal, pencil, pen and ink, colored pencil, pastels, and crayon. Subject
matter will include perspective, the figure, landscape, and still life. The
emphasis will be on drawing from observation and conceptual expression.
Students will also produce artwork incorporating both the indirect and
direct methods of composition using watercolors, acrylic paints, collage,
and mixed media. There will be an emphasis on working from life and
interpreting observed experiences. The elements and principles of design,
composition, self-expression, art history, color theory, and creating the
illusion of depth will be covered. A variety of paper, canvas and other
materials will be utilized for stylistic  expression. Each student will develop
confidence and their own unique style of expression in the process of
experimenting with established painting techniques such as impasto,
blending, and glazing. Materials fee:  $25.00 per semester

705 STUDIO ART
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Students will explore their creativity and increase their skills by producing
drawings, paintings, and sculptures from a variety of subjects. Techniques
for using a wide range of materials will be taught with an emphasis on
working from direct observation. Students at all levels are encouraged to
take this class to gain a strong foundation in the language of visual art.
Experience the exhilaration of truly learning to see and open the door to
the exciting world of visual communication. No previous experience is
needed. Materials fee: $25.00 per semester.

709 ADVANCED STUDIO ART
Prerequisite: Studio Art , Drawing and Painting, or instructor approval
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 10, 11, 12
The first semester of this course will consist of specific drawing, painting,
and design assignments aimed at producing work to build a well-rounded
portfolio. Students will work independently the second semester in a
concentrated area of their choice. Creativity, originality, and individual
expression are encouraged. This course serves as a stepping stone to AP
Studio Art, Drawing, and 2D Design. It is highly recommended that this
class precede the AP Studio Art Class. Students will begin to prepare a
portfolio for College Board examination and possible Advanced Placement
credit. Materials fee: $25.00 per semester

710 AP STUDIO ART DRAWING AND 2D DESIGN I
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
Credit: 2 AP Course Length: Year
Grade: 11, 12
Students who have completed Studio Art, Drawing and Painting, or
Advanced Studio Art class, and wish to take their art work to a higher level
may take this course. With the exception of a few assignments, students
will work independently to develop an AP Drawing Portfolio or a 2D
Design Portfolio. The instructor will work on an individual basis with
each student as they develop their breadth and select a concept for their
concentration. Students may produce drawings, paintings, collage, and
mixed media work in this class. A 2D Design portfolio may also include
digital images, graphics, or photographs. Finished Portfolios include up
to twenty-four works of art with slide documentation of each. Students
may elect to submit their portfolio after one year, or take the AP Studio Art
Drawing and 2D Design II course and complete their portfolio the second
year. Occasionally ambitious students will submit a separate portfolio both
years. Students who submit a completed portfolio to the College Board
for review and earn a passing grade can receive college credit at many
institutions. Materials fee: $35.00 per semester

711 AP STUDIO ART DRAWING AND 2D DESIGN II
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
Credit: 2 AP
Course Length: Year
Grade: 12
This course is for seniors who have taken the AP Studio Art Drawing
and 2D Design I course and wish to finish their portfolio, submit another
portfolio, or pursue other advanced visual art expressions. Materials Fee:  
$35.00

712 AP  3-DIMENSIONAL STUDIO ART I
Prerequisite: One year of 3 Dimensional Art or consent of the AP Art
Instructor
Credit: 2 AP
Course Length: Year
Grade: 10, 11, 12
This is a course for students who have taken at least two semesters of
Ceramics, Sculpture, Jewelry, or any combination, to equal one year of
3-dimensional art courses. This course serves as preparation for presenta-
tion of a complete 3-dimensional portfolio to the Advanced Placement
College Board.  The principles and elements of 3-dimensional design and
Colorado Model Content Standards for the Visual Arts will be taught.  
Each student will complete work in several media, such as ceramics, sculp-
tural forms, and jewelry. A portfolio may be presented at the end of the
Junior year, Senior year, or both. Each portfolio must be comprised of 16
to 18 individual 3-dimensional art pieces. The works will be photographed
to include 38 slides, which will be reviewed by seven artist educators for
assessment and scoring. Materials fee: $35.00 per semester

713 AP  3-DIMENSIONAL STUDIO ART II
Prerequisite: Satisfactory Completion of AP 3-Dimensional Studio Art
I or Consent of Instructor
Credit: 2 AP
Course Length: Year
Grade: 11, 12
This course is for students who have completed AP 3-Dimensional Studio
Art I, and serves as the final year of preparation for presentation of a com-
plete 3-dimensional portfolio to the Advanced Placement College Board.
The principles and elements of 3-dimensional design and Colorado Model
Content Standards for the Visual Arts will be taught. Each student will
complete work in several media, such as ceramics, sculptural forms, and
jewelry. A portfolio may be presented at the end of the Junior year, Senior
year, or both. Each portfolio must be comprised of 16 to 18 individual
3-dimensional art pieces. The works will be photographed to include 38
slides, which will be reviewed by seven artist educators for assessment and
scoring. The 3-dimensional portfolio is a required component of the course
and a major part of the final grade. Failure to present a portfolio may
significantly impact the final grade. Materials fee: $35.00 per semester.

714 AP ART HISTORY
Prerequisite: An interest in art and/or history
Credit: 2 AP
Course Length: Year
Grade: 10, 11, 12
This course will provide students the same benefits as those provided by an
introductory college course in art history: An understanding and enjoyment
of architecture, sculpture, painting, and other art forms within historical
and cultural contexts. Students will learn to look at works of art critically,
and analyze what they see with intelligent sensitivity.
NOTE: This course may be used to fulfill the 2 credits of Fine Arts
requirement or 2 credits of Social Science. It may not be used for both.

715 BEGINNING DRAMA
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
All drama students will start here. This course will cover the basics: story-
telling, stage directions, creating characters, etc.
NOTE:  May be repeated for credit.

717 ADVANCED ACTING
Prerequisite: 2 semesters of CMHS Drama and audition
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 11, 12 (possible exception for 10th graders)
Advanced acting is for the high school student that has success and per-
sonal growth in drama class and now wants a more intense, focused theater
experience. Students will study schools of thought about the external
and internal means to the development of character. Students will be  
exposed to the concepts of Stanslavski’s Method and various interpretation
of it by Sanford Meisner, Viola Spolin, Uta Hagen, Stella Adler, Keith
Johnstone and many others. Discovery of concepts and learning the art
and craft of acting is made possible through student participation in
improvisation, performance of memorized scenes and monologues, mask
work, auditions, and play writing and directing. Past students comment
on the fact that this class is more “academic” than their drama experience
due to research projects, acting journals, and the amount of memorization
and written work required. Advanced actors are encouraged to use their
knowledge and skill in auditions for the real world (parts in community/
school plays and for college scholarships). Performance opportunities
include:  The Night Of One Acts and The Advanced Acting Showcase.
After-school and evening rehearsal may be required during the rehearsal
process for performance projects. Because of the advanced nature of this
class, students have some choice in the areas they would like to study and
the development of the class as a whole.
   
720 TECHNICAL THEATER
Prerequisite: Instructor approval
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Known as Tech Crew, students will be involved in all technical aspects of
productions at Cheyenne Mountain High School as they learn how to build
sets, design, and run lights and sound, gather and create props, design and
apply stage makeup, design costumes, coordinate costume rental, and run
publicity. This class is very much “hands on.” Students must be extremely
reliable and trustworthy. Due to the expensive equipment involved, a
teacher interview and/or permission is necessary for student involvement.
NOTE:  Many nights are required to run shows and to take down and store
set pieces after shows close. Register with teacher permission only.

721 THEATRICAL MAKEUP
Prerequisite: Instructor approval
Credit: 1
Course Length: Semester
Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
If you ever wanted to learn how makeup artists transform an actor into
a character for the stage or film, this course is for you. Students will
participate in the hands on creation of make-up plots and the application
of theatrical makeup to create a variety of looks and characters, wounds,
scars and disfigurements, and various other looks. Students will develop
a makeup morgue as well as create a plaster cast of their face for use in
creating facial hair and latex prosthetic pieces. Students taking this course
must be willing and able to have makeup applied to their face a few times a
week.

722 IMPROVISATION
Prerequisite: Instructor approval
Credit: 1
Course Length: Semester
Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Have you seen shows like “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” and thought “I’d
love to do that”? Do you want to make your friends laugh with your witty
and clever ideas? Many of today’s most successful actors such as Robin
Williams, Mike Meyers, Jeanine Garafalo, and Bill Murray trained and
performed with improvisational theater groups. This Improvisation course
will incorporate many theater “games” that allow actors to create a variety
of characters, and create a reality out of nothing. Improv will increase
your acting skills as it can help you gain intensity, spontaneity, immediate
reaction, and wit. You will also increase self-confidence as you learn to
relax and act in the moment. Improvers are good story tellers and excellent
listeners. Improv skills such as problem-solving, increased communication,
creativity, self-growth, self-discipline, and team work can spill over into all
aspects of life. Be prepared for a lot of active participation.

740 WORLD OF MUSIC
Prerequisite: None
 Credit: 1
Course Length: Semester
Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
This course will focus on music and music listening as it exists in our
real world. The course will begin with a global perspective of music as
we know it today. Students will learn about the American mainstream,
ethnic diversity, music in culture, artists, music business, merchandising,
performance, publishing, and advertising. The nature of music through
vocabulary, definitions, and the understanding of basic notation will be
introduced to educate the listener. The course then explores many types
of music beginning with American folk, religious, jazz, popular, and
ethnic music before introducing some world music and concluding with a
thorough overview of Western classical music. The essence of each style
of music will be presented, and it will equip the students with the ability to
recognize different styles, appreciate their different functions, and possess
a solid foundation for a lifetime of musical appreciation. The course will
introduce students to many styles of music currently enjoyed by people in
the United States, and helps them to appreciate the diverse roots of these
styles.


724 WOMEN’S CHORUS - “DULCET HARMONY”
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Women’s chorus is open to all CMHS females, grades 9-12, without an
audition. This performing ensemble will learn about various styles of
music, healthy vocal production, part reading, music theory, choreography,
and performing. Women’s choir members will work to become stronger
musicians, vocalists and performers. Participants will perform at all major
vocal department concerts, and in other events.

725 WOMEN’S SHOW CHOIR - “MOONLIGHT METALLICS”
Prerequisite: Audition
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
This 15-22 member vocal ensemble is a performance and competition
ensemble that will be comprised of a balanced mix of female voices. This
performing ensemble will learn about various styles of music, healthy vo-
cal production, music theory, part reading, choreography, and performing.
Show choir members will work to become stronger musicians, vocalists,
and performers. Participants will perform choreographed vocal sets at
all major vocal department concerts and in competitions. Members will
participate in CHSAA festivals and sometimes travel to other competitions,
as well as perform in the community. The Moonlight Metallics meet during
the regular school day, and members will be required to purchase special
performance costumes.
NOTE:  Students are required to audition for this ensemble. Auditions will
be held in the spring semester of the preceding academic year.

726 JAZZ - A CAPPELLA CHOIRS
Prerequisite: Member of the Concert Choir and audition
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 10, 11, 12
The jazz and a cappella ensembles, Crimson and Affinity, are small vocal
ensembles who sing and perform a variety of jazz and contemporary a
cappella music. The two ensembles will meet during the same class period.
Students will work on individual musicianship skills, learn microphone and
recording technique, performance skills, complete recording projects, and
discover how to thrive in a small group. The ensembles will participate in
CHSAA festivals and travel to other competitive events. All members are
required to purchase special performance costumes.
NOTE:  Auditions will be held in the spring semester of the preceding
academic year.

727 CONCERT CHOIR “CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN SHADOWS”
Prerequisite: Audition
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Concert Choir is open to male and female students grades 9-12, by audi-
tion. This performing ensemble will learn about various styles of music,
healthy vocal production, music theory, part reading, choreography, and
performing. Concert Choir members will work to become stronger musi-
cians, vocalists, and performers. Members will perform music in various
styles including classical, chamber, Broadway, sacred, gospel, jazz, and
pop. Members will participate in CHSAA festivals and sometimes travel
to other competitions, as well as perform in the community. Students will
be encouraged to audition for the Colorado All State Choir, other honor
festivals, and will have various solo and small ensemble performance
opportunities. Concert Choir members will be required to purchase special
performance costumes.
NOTE:  Auditions will be held in the spring semester of the preceding
academic year.

728 DYNAMIX SHOW CHOIR
Prerequisite: Member of Concert Choir and Audition
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
The Dynamix Show Choir is a 20-26 member vocal ensemble comprised of
a balanced mix of male and female voices. Dynamix is a performance and
competitive ensemble. This performing ensemble will learn about various
styles of music, healthy vocal production, music theory, part reading,
choreography, and performing. Show choir members will work to become
stronger musicians, vocalists, and performers. Participants will perform
choreographed vocal sets at all major vocal department concerts and in
competitions. Members will participate in CHSAA festivals and sometimes
travel to other competitions, as well as perform in the community. The
Dynamix meet during the regular school day, 0 hour, 6:40 a.m., and mem-
bers will be required to purchase special performance costumes.
NOTE:  Auditions will be held in the spring semester of the preceding
academic year.

729 CONCERT BAND
Prerequisite: Previous band experience
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Concert Band is open to any student who has previous band experience
and a desire to continue developing their music skills. No audition is
required. This performing ensemble explores music through the study and
performance of band literature while reinforcing fundamentals such as
proper posture and breath support, tone production, articulation, and music
reading. In addition to daily class attendance and participation, students
are expected to engage in regular home practice and attend all concerts and
performances.

745 WIND ENSEMBLE
Prerequisite: Audition and Instructor approval
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Wind Ensemble is an intermediate band comprised of auditioned
woodwind, brass and percussion students who demonstrate strong skills
in basic musicianship and have a desire to further develop and refine their
abilities. This performing ensemble explores music through the study and
performance of challenging band literature while continuing to reinforce
fundamental skills and musical knowledge. In addition to daily class
attendance and participation, students are expected to engage in daily home
practice and attend all concerts and performances.

730 SYMPHONIC BAND
Prerequisite: Audition and Instructor approval
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Symphonic Band is comprised of the most advanced woodwind, brass,
and percussion players who demonstrate superior musical and technical
skills, and desire to continue playing and developing those skills at the
highest level. An audition is required for entrance into Symphonic Band,
and private lessons, while not required, are highly recommended. This
performing ensemble explores music through the study and performance
of challenging band literature while developing the musical and technical
skills required to perform at the highest possible level. In addition to
daily class attendance and participation, students are expected to engage
in regular daily home practice, attend sectionals (occasionally outside of
class), and all concerts and performances.

731 JAZZ BAND
Prerequisite: Audition and Instructor approval
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
This performing ensemble explores music through the study and perfor-
mance of jazz, and works to develop the unique musical and technical
skills required to understand and play this art form at the highest possible
level. Students will explore big band playing, improvisation, small
ensemble and combo playing, and develop the ability to listen and to
understand jazz. Instrumentation is specific and limited.

733 ARCHITECTURE I
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
This course is the first year of a possible four-year sequence, taught as
a survey. Topics of exploration include lettering, sketching, geometric
construction, projections and dimensioning. Emphasis is on board drafting,
and computer drafting will be explored. A short study of the history of
architecture is included in this course. Students will design a set of house
plans and do partial model construction. Materials fee required.

734 ARCHITECTURE II
Prerequisite: Architecture I or instructor approval
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 10, 11, 12
This course is the second year of a possible four-year sequence. Students
expand their knowledge of hand drafting, model building, CAD, and full-
size construction. Students will enter the engineering bridge competition
and the NAWIC Architectural Design contest.
NOTE:  Students purchase their own tools, and a materials fee is required.

756 ARCHITECTURE III
Prerequisite: Architecture II or instructor approval
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 10, 11, 12
This course is the third year of a possible four-year sequence. Students
expand their knowledge of architecture using Auto CAD, and other
programs. The choice of entering the engineering bridge competition and
the NAWIC Architectural Design contest is the student’s choice.
NOTE:  Students purchase their own tools, and a materials fee is required.

757 ARCHITECTURE IV
Prerequisite: Architecture III or instructor approval
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 10, 11, 12
This course is the fourth year of a possible four-year sequence. Students
expand their knowledge of architecture using Auto CAD, and other
programs. The choice of entering the engineering bridge competition and
the NAWIC Architectural Design contest is the student’s choice.
NOTE:  Students purchase their own tools, and a materials fee is required.

735 PROBLEM SOLVING SKILLS FOR FUTURE ENGINEERS
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 11, 12
This course is designed to challenge students interested in, but not limited
to, careers in engineering and the applied sciences, including mathematics.
Topics to be explored include an introduction to the universal industrial
language of drafting through hands on drawing and several CAD programs
(Auto Cad and possibility of Solid Works),  problem solving strategies and
techniques, as well as learning how to program a laser. Every student will
enter a regional bridge building competition with the opportunity to win a
scholarship and a chance to move on to a national contest.  The possibility
of exploring other competitions at the state and national levels may also be
explored. This course will fulfill the CMHS Fine Arts requirement but may
not satisfy a college fine arts entrance requirement. Materials fee required.

736 MULTIMEDIA DESIGN AND PRODUCTION
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1 Course Length: Fall
Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Using computers and a variety of hardware and software, students will
learn how to design and produce commercials, music videos and a variety
of other small videos.  Emphasis is placed on the effects and methods of
the moving visual medium.

737 INTRODUCTION TO VIDEO PRODUCTION
Prerequisite: None
Credit: 1 Course Length: Spring
Grade: 9, 10, 11, 12
Students will study the concepts of effective camera use, as well as how to
utilize effective lighting and audio components within their video produc-
tions. Students will also learn the elements of a production studio, such as
editing equipment, switchers, and cameras.

738 ADVANCED VIDEO I
Prerequisite: Intro to Video Production and instructor approval
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 10, 11, 12
Independent film and video is becoming a very popular outlet for creative
minds. In this course, students will be required to watch and criticize vari-
ous shorts and Indie films, and look at different ways in which films work.
Based on different film and dv theories, students will have the opportunity
to create their own short videos and compete in several film festivals.

751 ADVANCED VIDEO II
Prerequisite: Advanced Video I and instructor approval
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 10, 11, 12
Students will continue to work on film theory. They will pick an emphasis
and create a portfolio and compete in several film festivals.

752 ADVANCED VIDEO III
Prerequisite: Instructor approval
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 11, 12
This course if for students who want to go into the video or film industry.
Students will further their portfolio and compete in several film festivals.

739 AM@CM WORKSHOP
Prerequisite: Intro to Video Production and submission of a portfolio
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 10, 11, 12
Students will be responsible for producing the morning high school news
show, “AM@CM.” They will learn to work both in front of and behind the
camera in the development of each show.

741  AM@CM DIRECTING AND PRODUCING
Prerequisite: AM@CM Workshop
Credit: 2
Course Length: Year
Grade: 11, 12
Along with working with the Workshop Class to create AM@CM, students
will direct and produce a show. Emphasis is placed on directing techniques.