It doesn’t get better than Wasatch Academy when it comes to a balanced, well-rounded quality education. We approach education with the goal of making students independent, confident learners and self-starters in any environment. Beyond academic credits, we put a strong emphasis on learning critical skills for being successful in college, the future workforce, and students’ personal lives beyond the classroom.
Our campus is a technology-advanced campus that allows teachers to incorporate the use of laptops and tablets into their lessons, thus leveraging online innovations for each student’s benefit.
Each one of our students participate in project-based learning whilst being provided with ample opportunities to be in charge of their education. We put students in the driver’s seat — and see great success as a result. Project-based learning teaches students how to engage in the extended process of posing questions, applying known information and make informed decisions about the project.
In addition to academic success, students become important and productive members of their community through various required service projects. On a weekly basis, students participate in service projects such as cleaning up public spaces, working with youth as mentors and assisting with social service programs for the needy.
There are certain overarching educational goals for students that we integrate into every classroom at Wasatch. How to learn, communicate, collaborate, be a critical thinker, be a problem solver, and stretch themselves in creativity and innovation: These are the objectives of a Wasatch Academy education along with learning our core curriculum of math, science, social studies, English, and more. We believe that strong literacy is important, just as much as effectiveness in navigating technology or experiencing confidence in creativity through the arts. Although our educational objectives go beyond test scores, we also highly prioritize making sure that students are prepared for college entrance exams according to their personal long-term goals.
As with any accredited institution, we have specific academic requirements for graduation. Beyond these, we allow students leeway to take extra courses in areas that appeal to their interests and stretch their skills. Each credit equates to a single course taken for an entire year, and a half credit is given for a semester long class. Wasatch Academy requires 24 academic credits for graduation, including the following specific credits:
Wasatch offers a wealth of opportunity to grow academically and personally, and we provide the necessary tools to help individual students succeed. If you have questions about our curriculum or want to inquire about specific courses related to your child’s interests, feel free to contact our Admissions Department to learn more.
Beginning English students are introduced to literary and non-literary genres of reading, expressive, persuasive, and informational writing, and develop 21st century learning skills through the analysis and production of traditional and non-print text. The course culminates with a Presentation of Learning for a panel of peers and instructors.
This course emphasizes the close reading of global literature and non-fiction texts. Students further develop 21stcentury learning skills with particular attention to expressive and receptive communication. Students learn to carefully select research sources and choose appropriate media for the communication of original texts.
Students in English III focus on the critical reading of fiction and non-fiction texts by American authors to develop critical-analysis skills. Students further develop 21st century learning skills with particular attention to accessing and analyzing information. Students learn to synthesize information from a variety of sources into cohesive, original texts.
Advanced English students focus on developing composition and reading skills in preparation for success with university-level courses. Each course is centered around a high-interest topic, such as, but not limited to, creative writing, technical writing, heroes in literature, and the environment.
This course emphasizes close-reading skills for non-literary texts and primary documents. Advanced students come to understand and employ traditional rhetorical strategies and post-colonial, gender, and post-modern critical analysis.*
*Students in this course take the corresponding Advanced Placement Exam.
Students in this course focus in on close-reading skills for literary texts, with emphasis on poetry, short stories, and novels. Although many readings emanate from the traditional literary canon, careful attention is placed on the inclusion of sub-altern voices.*
*Students in this course take the corresponding Advanced Placement Exam.
While each unique math course at Wasatch Academy has its own set of standards and learning outcomes, the following anchors guide the curriculum we have developed.
We believe strongly in cultivating problem-solving skills, especially through hands-on practice. It is important that students can apply the many techniques that they acquire to a variety of different scenarios and contexts.
Students gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of mathematics through meaningful project-based learning. Students integrate and internalize their knowledge by applying the skills they have developed in novel and authentic ways.
We recognize and celebrate the different skill levels of our students and provide many opportunities for differentiated and self-paced learning. We emphasize collaboration, creativity, and grit.
This course is designed to provide students with a foundational knowledge of linear and quadratic functions and graphing on the xy-coordinate system. Student solve and graph equations and inequalities. Students also learn to apply this knowledge to other areas of math, such as word problems, ratios, and proportions. The course starts off with a review of basic algebraic concepts, such as variables, order of operations, exponents, and problem-solving skills. It then moves on to a thorough introduction to functions and quadratic equations. Students learn how to solve linear equations, including multi-step equations, equations with multiple variables, and equations involving decimals, as well as writing a linear equation based on the graph of a line.
This course is a survey of more advanced algebraic topics. Topics covered in this course include, but are not limited to, linear equations, inequalities, absolute values, polynomials, factoring, quadratics, solving quadratic equations and functions, function notation, and algebraic manipulation of functions. The class makes extended use of technology in the form of graphing calculators and computer-based resources.
The prerequisite is Algebra I, but Geometry is recommended.
This course is designed to give students a basic understanding of geometry concepts that they can use in the study of other branches of mathematics in high school and college, in their career choices, or in everyday life. The study of geometry strengthens a student’s ability to analyze and sharpens their problem-solving skills. The course starts off with an introduction to reasoning and proofs. These principles are then applied throughout the course as the students learn about parallel and perpendicular lines, congruence, similarity, right triangles, trigonometry, expressing geometric properties with expressions, geometric measurement and dimensions, and circles.
The prerequisite is Algebra I.
This course is a functional approach to algebra that incorporates the use of appropriate technology and project-based learning to simulate real life situations involving the need for algebra to understand and resolve a situation. Emphasis is placed on the study of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, graphs of equations, linear and quadratic models, polynomials, exponents, logarithms, and trigonometric identities.
This course is restricted to seniors. The prerequisite is Algebra II.
The main objective of Pre-Calculus is to prepare students for the rigors of calculus. Students develop a solid understanding of functions (domain and range, graphical interpretations, manipulation of functions), build a library of special types of functions and their characteristics (polynomial, exponential, logarithmic, trigonometric), gain a deep understanding of trigonometry, and learn to form connections between trigonometric equations, identities, and their geometrical interpretations. Additional topics include calculus concepts such as limits, continuity, sequences and series, maxima, minima, and others. A secondary objective of the course is to help students become fluent in using calculators for arithmetic, graphing functions, finding maxima, minima and intersection points, evaluating trigonometric functions, and more. This course is taught in the Math Lab setting, in which students are guided through the course material and learning resources at their own pace.
The prerequisites are Algebra II and Geometry.
This course is an introduction to calculus geared toward those students who want to take calculus but do not want to endure the fast-paced nature and rigors of AP Calculus-AB. This course follows the same curriculum as AP Calculus-AB, but certain topics are excluded from study. The focus is on limits, the derivative, the integral, and the application of and interaction between these three broad concepts. More specifically, topics include a review of functions, continuity, differentiability, extrema, Riemann sums, the fundamental theorem of calculus, and areas between curves. Use of a graphing calculator is an important component of this course. This course is taught in the Math Lab setting, in which students are guided through the course material and learning resources at their own pace.
The prerequisite is Pre-Calculus.
This is a preparation course for the AP Calculus-AB exam as established by the College Board. The focus is on limits, the derivative, the integral, and the application of and interaction between these three broad concepts. More specifically, topics include a review of functions, continuity, differentiability, extrema, concavity, related rates, optimization, Riemann sums, the fundamental theorem of calculus, areas between curves, volumes of solids, and separable differential equations. Use of a graphing calculator is an essential component of this course. This course is taught in the Math Lab setting, in which students are guided through the course material and learning resources at their own pace.
The prerequisite is Pre-Calculus.
This is a preparation course for the AP Calculus-BC exam as established by the College Board. The focus is on interplay between the derivative and the integral and applying these concepts to solve higher level problems. Specifically, topics include a review of the AB curriculum, techniques of integration, parametric and polar equations, power series, and approximating functions with polynomials. Use of a graphing calculator is an essential component of this course.
The prerequisite is AP Calculus-AB.
This is a preparation course for the AP Statistics exam. This course gives students the skills that are used in a number of different academic areas and opens their eyes to information that is presented to them everyday. Students explore how to interpret this wealth of information appropriately. Topics covered include, but are not limited to, data collection and experimental design, displaying data, linear regression, normal distributions, and inference methods. This class makes extensive use of graphing calculators.
The prerequisite is Algebra II, but Pre-Calculus is recommended.
This is an advanced and abstract math course geared toward students who have already mastered the calculus sequence. The focus is abstract thinking and mathematical proofs. The course topics include set theory, combinatorics, graph theory, group theory, and number theory. This course will function as an independent study where students meet with the instructor once per week. Enrollment is by instructor permission only.
The robotics course is intended for students with a strong interest in robotics and, in particular, in competing at the level of the First Tech Challenge or other robotics events. Students focus on the mechanics involved in motion, steering, elevating, tossing, and more. They learn how to safely wire the robots with batteries, motors, and sensors. Students also become expert programmers using platforms such as RobotC, Labview, or Arduino to control their robots. This is a very hands-on course and requires a competitive edge.
Rocketry is a course designed for students with an interest in aerospace engineering or related fields. Course will focus on rockets and rocket engines developed from scratch, multi-stage rockets, high-power rocketry, and detailed flight analysis by onboard computers. Students will learn how to safely design and construct rockets and rocket engines as well as analyze potential hazards in strength and durability. Accomplished students will move on to explorations in supersonic flight, high altitude flight, or other areas of the student’s interest.
This course serves as an introduction to many different facets of engineering. Students first learn about what it is that engineers actually do and the engineering design process. They complete design projects in which they are asked to reflect upon how they used the engineering process. Then students get a taste of industrial engineering and factory management. They begin the practice of keeping an engineering notebook. Students continue to apply the engineering design process and organizational skills they have been honing as they begin to understand the functioning of simple machines and mechanical engineering through hands-on experimentation and building. Students then begin to learn about how to best use technology by working with software engineering and robotics, and completing various electrical engineering projects using microcontrollers such as Arduino.
This is a quarter-length elective course whose focus is to prepare for local and national math contests. The focus is on building problem-solving skills and fostering collaboration. The mathematical topics include combinatorics, probability, elementary number theory, recursively defined functions, and geometry. A special emphasis is placed on logic and proof writing. The math team competes in the annual Harvard-MIT math tournament in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Stanford Math Tournament in Palo Alto, California. Additional expenses for traveling to these contests are not included in tuition. Local contests include the Snow College Math Contest, the AMC 10/12, and the Utah State Math Competition.
The prerequisite is Algebra II, though Pre-Calculus is highly recommended.
The focus of 8th grade Social Studies will be on the 5 themes of geography, with the first semester focusing on the West and second semester on the East. Students will learn about major distinctions in the regions such as environment, religion, ancient civilizations, and moving towards the goal of understanding how cultures have spread around the world. Students will become familiar with both primary and secondary sources, designing their own projects to drive learning, and improve on skills such as reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
Global Studies I is an exploration of the world’s regions, cultures, geography, history, and current issues. Students will develop reading, writing, discussion, analytical, and critical thinking skills. This class will help students understand and appreciate major themes of human development throughout history and understand and critique divisions and conflicts that challenge progress and peaceful coexistence. Students will use a variety of print and non-print sources to analyze global issues past and present and create solutions to real-world problems today.
In this course students learn about issues that affect the world over from a modern and historical perspective. Empathy for others, social justice, and the need for people to work together is the common theme throughout the units. This class particularly focuses on regions in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Europe (some variation year to year) with issues on human rights, genocide, population demographics, etc. Several memoirs are used to learn about different experiences and events in the past such as A Long Way Gone and Persepolis. Projects are designed to improve students’ ability with writing, speaking, and reading.
This course focuses on the evolution of political institutions, social and cultural developments, diplomacy and economic trends in American history until 1865. Topics include European Colonialism, the Revolutionary War, the early Republic, the Age of Jackson, along with sectional division and the Civil War. Student projects focus on Native American History and the Civil War.
The course has students investigate the content of U.S. history for significant events, individuals, developments, and processes at various time periods. Students develop critical thinking, reading, listening, writing, and communication skills. The end goal of the course is to understand pivotal moments in American history in its temporal context but also as it helps to frame the narrative of current events.
Advanced Placement United States history is a yearlong college level course that explores the evolution of political institutions, social and cultural developments, diplomacy, and economic trends in American history. Students analyze and interpret a variety of historical resources and develop the ability to use documentary materials, maps, pictures, and graphic evidence of historical events. This course will operate at an accelerated rate, beyond that of a regular high school class. This includes a college level pace and college level grading.
This course focuses on the major social, political, religious, and economic themes from the late Middle Ages to the present day.*
*A national exam in May determines a candidate’s eligibility to receive college-level credit.
The AP World History course focuses on developing students’ understanding of world history from approximately 8000 B.C.E. to the present. The course has students investigate the content of world history for significant events, individuals, developments, and processes in six historical periods, and develop and use the same thinking skills and methods (analyzing primary and secondary sources, making historical comparisons, chronological reasoning, and argumentation) employed by historians when they study the past. The course also provides five themes (interaction between humans and the environment; development and interaction of cultures; state building, expansion, and conflict; creation, expansion, and interaction of economic systems; and development and transformation of social structures) that students explore throughout the course in order to make connections among historical developments in different times and places encompassing the five major geographical regions of the globe: Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.
Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics is a year long college level course that explores the formal and informal structure of American Government and the politics that drive it. This includes both the study of general concepts used to interpret American government and politics and the analysis of specific examples. It will cover the various institutions, groups, beliefs, and ideas that constitute American government and politics. The course provides students with practice in analyzing and interpreting data and other information relevant to United States Government and Politics. This course will operate at an accelerated rate, beyond that of a regular high school class. This includes a college level pace and college level grading.
Students will learn about the historical function of the United Nations as well as its role in the world today. Students will learn about current issues facing our global community and study them from the perspective of different countries. They will learn how to successfully write position papers/policy statements, draft resolutions, create and deliver impromptu speeches, as well as manage the flow of debate using parliamentary procedures (Harvard/THIMUN styles). Students will be encouraged to attend Model United Nations conferences.
This is a basic introduction to Economics. Taking a cue from the authors of Freakanomics and Naked Economics, this class does not deal with complicated graphs and math. We focus on learning the basics, that economics is about people and choices, and this class relies on collaborative learning and projects. Students will participate in The Stock Market Game, an online simulation of the NASDAQ and NYSE, they will be presented with several real-life scenarios and have to work together to find a solution, and they will design their own projects and lines of inquiry.
Psychology students explore the mental processes and behaviors of humans and animals in this course. Students also design projects and review psychological studies using the scientific approach and statistical analysis.
The AP Psychology course is designed to introduce students to the systematic and scientific study of the behavior and mental processes of human beings and other animals. Students are exposed to the psychological facts, principles, and phenomena associated with each of the major subfields within psychology. They also learn about the ethics and methods psychologists use in their science and practice.
This course emphasizes the economic and social developments, political conflicts, and cultural responses of Americans to the enormous changes after the Civil War. Topics begin with Reconstruction and continue through today, including topics on terrorism and President Obama. Major authors include John Kasson, Upton Sinclair, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and J.D. Salinger.
Biology students study living creatures and the processes that allow them to survive and reproduce. Topics include the scientific definition of life and the diversity of life. This course places a particular emphasis on selected phyla of the animal kingdom. Topics on Evolution, genetics, and cell biology also mark the coursework.
This course prepares students for topics covered in a college biology course. Readings are primarily from Biology: Concepts and Connections by Campbell Reece. An emphasis is on the major biological themes detailed in the textbook and 12 required labs. Students read, research, discuss, and produce informative multi-media presentations. Collaborative projects and presentations focus on critical thinking and analysis.
This class emphasizes the core concepts of cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, and molecular evolution. Students develop laboratory skills and learn the scientific methods in cell- and organ-based animal biology. Students also use chemical bonding and molecular structure to examine the structure of DNA, RNA, and proteins leading to physiological function in health and disease.
Ecology students study living creatures and how they interact with their environment and each other. The course begins with a description of Earth’s life zones and explores the nature and categorization of ecological interactions. Topics include human ecology, the evolution of infectious disease, sustainable development, data collection and analysis, and outdoor fieldwork.
Students in this course focus on general chemistry principles and application through readings, discussion, projects, presentations, demonstrations, and labs. Topics include the Periodic Table, atomic structure and theory, measurement, the mole, stoichiometry, chemical reactions, chemical equations, gases, and thermodynamics. Collaborative projects and labs emphasize analytical skills, problem solving, and a greater depth of understanding.
Students in this course get a comprehensive survey of introductory chemistry, primarily inorganic, correlating with a first-year college curriculum, as outlined by the College Board. Topics include a broad review of atoms, molecules, and ions. Students explore advanced topics, such as stoichiometry, aqueous solutions and solution stoichiometry, thermochemistry and atomic structure and periodicity.
This course explores the connection between chemistry and photography. Student projects demonstrate an understanding of the chemical reactions that occur when producing photographs. Topics include building pinhole cameras, the nature of light, reaction in aqueous solutions, creating solutions from raw chemicals, and darkroom procedures. Students take pictures, develop photographs, make developing solutions, and analyze photographic results.
This semester-long course is an introduction to the universe beyond our planet. Students begin with a macro view by examining the cultural significance of various constellations and their locations in the sky. Once students have an understanding of the various shapes that are made up by the stars, students then look at more specific objects in the sky such as nebulae, star clusters, galaxies and the other planets in our solar system. This leads to exploratory questions such as “what are these objects?”, “how are they created?”, “what do they become in the future?”. Students will also investigate more locally observable phenomena such as solar and lunar eclipses, and the various phases of the moon. The class relies on projects and regular observation sessions to encourage students to pursue inquiries explaining the universe that is visible every night.
Mandarin students focus on conversation, basic vocabulary, grammar, listening and piyin skills. Readings include texts and supplemental cultural resources. Students write Chinese characters and develop basic calligraphy skills while developing an appreciation of Chinese culture and history. Collaborative projects include cooking, singing, dialogs, research and interactive project-based learning presentations.
Students in AP course develop fluent conversation skills in Chinese through vocabulary, advanced grammar and translation and listening skills. They read and write Chinese characters and develop calligraphy skills. The course emphasizes critical thinking skills with regard to current political, economic and cultural events.*
*A national exam in May determines a candidate’s eligibility to receive college-level credit.
All classes work to build AP language skills of listening, writing, speaking, and reading. Spanish I is Beginning Spanish/Spanish Fundamentals. Spanish II is intermediate and focuses on verb usage, speaking, and stronger emphasis on reading and writing. Spanish III is advanced and develops the use of advanced grammar structures in speaking, reading, and writing. The AP course uses all of the skills taught in Spanish I-III (speaking, listening, writing, reading). We work hard to practice these skills to prepare for the AP test. All of the classes undertake various projects.
Beginning French students discover and learn the language and culture of the Francophone world, which encompasses countries around the globe, through reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Readings include authentic excerpts from writers of the French-speaking world.
Students in French II course focus on an intensive extension of the preliminary elements learned in French I. Readings consist of authentic materials intended for native speakers. The French III course focuses on maximizing the potential of the students to navigate successfully through the French language and culture. All four areas of language learning — reading, writing, listening, and speaking — are brought to bear. Readings include Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
Beginning students in this course focus on the ideas and concepts to develop musicianship and musical interests. Major topics include sound, scales, keys signatures, rhythm, time signatures, chords, and dictations. No previous musical experience is required for this class.
The emphasis of this course is on the creative, academic, and performance aspects of various types of musical composition. Students work to create everything from instrumental music to rap. Young musicians develop skills with electronic and acoustic compositional tools.
Students in this course gain a musical perspective on Western history from the Middle Ages to the Modern Age. The class shows the links between historical events and musical events throughout the time period. Previous music experience is not required in this academic music class.
This course emphasizes instruction, study, and practice in various styles of guitar performance. The course content varies to adapt to the individual expertise and musical interests of students. Previous guitar experience is not required for this course.
Students in this course focus on learning and performing jazz music in small groups while surveying jazz styles. The musician’s ability to demonstrate competency on his instrument helps facilitate group participation.
This course offers students another chance for artistic teamwork in a musical setting. Musicians focus on modifying genre and instrumentation of a musical piece in a collaborative setting.
Students in this course focus on musical collaboration. Specifically designed for ensembles consisting of acoustic stringed and orchestral instruments and voice, this course emphasizes artistic teamwork.
Beginning piano students focus on piano basics, such as sight reading, theory, ear training, memorization, technique, and performance. Through projects students explore ethnic heritage, composers, music history, and other subjects of personal interest. Students complete piano levels one and two, working individually and in ensembles.
Students in this course work on piano levels three through six. Intermediate piano players continue focusing on technique, composer style, sight reading, theory, ear training, memorization, and performance. Projects include topics based on ethnic heritage, composers, music history, and personal interest. Students gain proficiency individually and in ensembles.
This course emphasizes piano techniques and performance. Students are assigned specific pieces of music that challenge their musical abilities and expand the breadth of their musical knowledge. Advanced piano players learn to present themselves for at least two performances per semester.
Students in this class focus on gaining physical strength and flexibility while connecting the mind to the body. Yoga styles include power, flow, Baptiste, restorative, and gentle Hatha. Students practice yogathree days a week and perform Pilates, core strengthening exercises, one day a week.
These courses emphasize ballet, jazz, and modern dance. Students spend one day a week working on each dance style, finding connections and differences in how they use their bodies between the three styles. Student and teacher choreographic collaborations, culminating in a variety of dances, are prepared for scheduled performances throughout the school year.
Hip hop dance students focus on gaining strength, flexibility, and movement awareness in this course. Student and instructor collaboration leads to newfound confidence in dancers. Dances to hip hop music are prepared for scheduled performances throughout the school year.
Physical activity, team building, and performance through comedy improvisation and theatre games are emphasized in this course. Students gain confidence in comedic timing and stage presence. Performances are scheduled throughout the school year.
Acting students focus on voice, diction, oral interpretation, and creating characters through scene work from various playwrights. Scenes are prepared for school productions and The Utah Shakespeare Festival’s High School Competition and the Utah State High School Association Drama Competition.
This course emphasizes all the elements of theatrical design. Students incorporate sound, stage lighting, costuming, make-up, set and prop design into stage productions — both theoretical or for an actual school production.
Students in this course develop stories for various media, including radio, animation, video, or live performance. Venues include coffee house performances using student actors, presentations at chapel or other school events, student-made audio recordings, video, and animation. Students can perform but are not required to.
Students in this course explore the process of visual creativity by focusing on foundational 2D art techniques and the Elements and Principles of Design as they relate to drawing, painting, and design.
This course emphasizes drawing and painting skills in various media. Students develop their artist styles and voice. Master artworks from all cultures and throughout history are referenced, and students critique peer produced artworks.
Emerging artists focus on creating a variety of artworks as part of individual art portfolios for Advanced Placement Studio Art and/or for college applications in this class. Students participate in at least one group project. Art shows on the road and visits to artists’ studios serve to both instruct and inspire.
Beginning ceramic students focus on the elements and techniques used in working with clay to make both functional and decorative pieces. Students develop skills in hand-building and wheel-thrown pottery. Techniques learned include coils, slab, pinch, and wheel construction.
Students build on their developing skills learned in Intro Ceramics. An emphasis is placed on aesthetic design and form, as students further improve individuality and personal expression in their work. Students have the opportunity to work on both hand-building and wheel-thrown construction.
The course explores how to pull multiple original print impressions using a variety of print techniques such as: relief, monotype, and intaglio. Students learn how to make handmade paper using recycled materials and actively use the elements and principles of design to create dynamic prints on paper.
Students explore all aspects of the photo making process, including: the basic functions of a camera, darkroom techniques, digital photography, basic photoshop, and alternative processes in photography. An emphasis is placed on composition and design, while utilizing the Elements and Principles of Design.
This course introduces students to the concepts, principles, and skills of computer programming. Programming environments include Scratch, Alice, and Java scripting, where students create and troubleshoot programs. Collaborative projects with the English and Spanish departments also allow students to produce simple games.
This course focuses on the basic principles and concepts of object-oriented programming using JAVA. Students learn about classes, interfaces, operators, program control, arrays, testing, debugging, inheritance, polymorphism, and event-handling. They also develop techniques for simplifying the programming process and improving code quality in this activity-based learning classroom.
This course introduces students to the basic concepts and principles of robotics. Students use mobile Lego robots as tools and create, troubleshoot, and program progressively more complex robots.
Students take a hands-on approach to the advanced concepts and principles of robotics in this course. Using mobile Tetrix robots as tools, students create, troubleshoot, and program progressively more complex robots.
Animation students acquire the modeling skills and knowledge necessary to create characters and landscapes for animation in Maya software. Concepts covered include polygonal modeling, lighting, rigging, rendering, and animation.
Students in this course are introduced to the theory and concepts of computer graphics built for a real-time video game engine. Concept idea to complete playable game level using self-created 3d assets in a running game engine is the goal. Collaboration with programming students to design, build, and implement a game concept to working game level in real-time over the course of 2 semesters.
Students in this course are introduced to the technical skills and aesthetic understanding of digital art. Using the Adobe CS5 suite toolset, students learn techniques to create projects that match their individual interests.
This course focuses on the computer technology and technical skills related to music creation and production. Using the software tools of Pure Data, Garage Band, Logic Express, and Logic Studio, students learn techniques to create projects that meet their individual needs.