Digital Media

StairWay5 Digital Media curriculum offers an exciting pathway in Graphic Art, Design and Movie production!


Introductory Courses

Digital Media I – Graphic Art and Design
  • Learn the fundamental principles and elements of design
  • Be introduced to several types of image manipulation software, and learn the basics of 2D and 3D image manipulation.
  • Learn the basics of visual storytelling
  • Create and edit designs that will be added to their Digital Web Portfolio
Digital Media I – Movie Production and Editing
  • Learn the fundamentals of videography and video production basics
  • Work individually or as a group to explore different roles in video production
  • Be introduced to audio and video recording, as well as editing software
  • Create and edit videos which will be added to their Digital Web Portfolio

Intermediate Courses

Digital Media II –  Animated Storytelling
  • Be introduced to character animation tools and techniques using the professional Adobe Cloud suite
  • Continue to develop their 2D and 3D design skills by incorporating them into new projects.
  • Learn how to integrate different software to create animation assets
  • Create animated shorts which will be added to their Digital Web Portfolios
Digital Media II –  Graphic Design for Marketing
  • Learn about designing for print, web, and other forms of multimedia communication.
  • Advance their understanding of visual storytelling
  • Learn advanced design techniques using the professional Adobe Cloud suite
  • Develop designs for print and web, and add them to their Digital Web Portfolios.
Digital Media II –  CAD and 3D Printing
  • Learn the fundamentals of designing for 3D
  • Be introduced to 3D modeling software, and different approaches to modeling in 3D
  • Be introduced to 3D printing, including different techniques and materials
  • Create and print a 3D model for their Digital Web Portfolio
Digital Media II –  Movie Production and Editing
  • Students will develop larger scale projects, and work as a team to execute them
  • Be introduced to special effects and advanced editing techniques
  • Learn to integrate different software and assets to create a more complex project
  • Develop a script, storyboard, produce and edit a short film for their Digital Web Portfolio

Advanced Courses

Digital Media III –  Video Game Design

Recommended courses: CAD and 3D Printing, Animated Storytelling OR Intermediate Movie Production and Editing, Programming I (Web/HTML/CSS)

  • Develop and script an idea for a short video game
  • Learn 2D and/or 3D game development software
  • Create an interactive story which will be added to their Digital Web Portfolio
Digital Media III –  Product Design

Recommended courses: Intermediate Graphic Art and Design and/or CAD and 3D Printing

  • Develop a product to create and market to a specific audience
  • Research potential audiences, similar products, and marketing techniques
  • Learn about the process of developing products, the basics of manufacturing, and fundamental marketing techniques
  • Create a brand, logo, and web page to market their product as part of their Digital Web Portfolio
Digital Media IV –  Applied Digital Media (Real World Service Project)

Recommended courses: Intermediate Graphic Art and Design, 1 additional Intermediate or Advanced Course, Programming I (Web/HTML/CSS)

  • Students will meet with a real world organization and develop a service project
  • Students will be able to get professional insight into their work, as well as see how their graphic design skills can be applied in professional settings
  • Work as a team to create and execute a service project, such as a fundraiser or educational video