Design, Visual, and Media Arts

The following courses are offered at Pacifica High School:

Digital Film and Web Design | Art of Digital Photography | Art of Graphic Design

Careers in Visual Design:

  • Logo Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Web Design
  • Multimedia Design
  • Photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Publisher

Arts Pathway

Digital Film and Web Design (HT1711/2) UC < f > Full Year

This course focuses on the creation of websites in XHTML, CSS, and HTML5 code. Students produce highly functional web pages utilizing hand coding, Adobe Dreamweaver and Photoshop. Additionally, students edit professional video projects using Adobe Premier and After Effects. All work is done in class.

  • Web Design with compatibility across all platforms including mobile devices
  • Edit and create professional web graphics
  • Web accessibility practices and search engine optimization (SEO)
  • Video Editing with Go Pro Cameras

Certification Exams:

*Summer Internship Opportunity 11th grade summer

Art of Digital Photography (HT1951/2) UC < f > Full Year

This course focuses on the methods, processes, and equipment used to create, modify, and present digital imagery. Instruction is focused on choosing camera settings to achieve desired effects, retouching photos in Photoshop, applying photos to photojournalistic works, and developing a professional portfolio. Class set of DSLR cameras provided. All work is done in class.

  • Skills taught: portrait, action, architectural, landscape, animal, and still life photography
  • Software used: Adobe Bridge, Adobe Photoshop

Articulation Agreements:

Students earning a B or better in this course are eligible for credit at the following colleges:

  • Coastline Community College (Coast Colleges)
  • Satisfies DGA C131 Intro to Digital Photography & Image Editing w/Adobe (1.5 credits)
  • Santa Ana College (Rancho Santiago College District) – Satisfies Photography 180 (3 credits)

Certification Exams:

*Summer Internship Opportunity 11th grade summer

Art of Graphic Design (HT1661/2) UC < f > Full Year

This course focuses on the use of marketing techniques to create brand recognizable products. Projects are themed around student hobbies and interests, which emphasize the use of shape and color in visual communication and presentation. All work is done in class.

  • Movie poster, logo, short animated video, and a wearable t-shirt design
  • Software used: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, and InDesign

Articulation Agreements:

Students earning a B or better in this course are eligible for credit at the following colleges:

  • Community College: Satisfies DGA C120 Intro to Design (3 units)
  • Golden West College: Satisfies DART G103 - Digital 2D Design (3 units)
  • Orange Coast College: Satisfies DMAD A181 - Introduction to Computer Graphics (3 units)
  • Santa Ana College: Satisfies Art 195 (3 units)

Certification Exams:

*Summer Internship Opportunity 11th grade summer