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Technical Design & Illustration

Grades: 9-12

Prerequisite: None

Course DescriptionThis course prepares students for further education and/or careers in engineering, architectural, or computer modeling.  This course is a prerequisite for all design courses.  Students will learn the language of industry as they sketch, design, & problem solve using computer software to create models & manufacturing prototypes for real world design problems.  Architectural & engineering drawing techniques are stressed.  Students will become proficient in the use of computer assisted drafting & design software.



Architectural Design

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisite: Technical Design & Illustration

Course Description: Students will learn about architectural design through hands-on real world experiences.  Students will design & model a variety of residential & commercial facilities.  Typical projects include themed restaurants, castles, dream homes, a starter homes, themed museums, Vegas style hotels, an opera house, a space station, etc.  An industry certification test for Autodesk Revit Architecture will be offered to students who complete this course.


Engineering Design

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisite: Technical Design & Illustration

Course Description:  Students will create 3D models of products, devices, objects, assemblies, & other "gadgets" & gizmos."  Students will explore how things work by animating the designs they create.  Design projects include vehicles, robots, space ships, movie props, mechanical devices, amusement park rides, & exploration vehicles. An industry certification test for Autodesk Inventor will be offered to students who complete this course.


Computer Animation & 3D Modeling

Grades: 10-12

Prerequisite: Technical Design & Illustration

Course Description: This course provides students with opportunities to explore the world of 3D modeling, rendering, & animation.  Students will learn about character modeling, camera placement, lighting, materials, & special effects such as those used in movies & games.  Background creation & virtual environments will be added to create videos related to science, space, human motion, real world simulations, disasters, & other visualizations.  Rendering and gaming techniques will be used to give students a background in the world of virtual animation.  Professional animation software, such as 3D Studio Max, will be used in this class.