Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!
To Access the class calendars for 2018-19 school year, CLICK HERE.
Your Goal is to Pass the Adobe Certified Associate Exam
Confidence is critical in the creative industry, and certifications are the key to confidence.
This is the best thing you can do for yourself.
Jobs are Tight. Competition for good, creative jobs is tight. Having certification puts you ahead of all other entry-level design applicants. An ACA certification can make the difference between getting a great job or settling for something less.

Do it NOW and save Big $$$
. If you get your ACA certification in this class, it won't cost you a thing. If you wait for after high school, you will need to pay for the cost of a course (~$500.00) plus the cost of a practice exam (~$45.00) PLUS the cost of the ACA test (~$70.00). If you certify in this class, will also earn college credit for Photoshop and Illustrator - another way to help you save money.

If you like creating media on the computer, get certified. Here is a link to the basic information about certification. It's really, really worth it. CHECK THIS OUT. Here's another link that will help you realize what a big deal this is.
You can also earn an Adobe Certified Associate Specialist certificate
You CAN get certified - just concentrate on one application at a time. Commit to 3+ semesters of class and you can do this!
More and more, careers in top creative industries require mastery of more than one Adobe Creative Cloud tool. That's why there is now the ACA Specialist certificate. Earning a Specialist certificate allows you to demonstrate your knowledge and expertise with the most common skills required for a specific industry. Demonstrate Adobe cross platform expertise - which will really help you get a job.

Adobe Certified Associate Visual Design Specialist
Complete your ACA certification in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign within three years to earn this specialist certificate.

Adobe Certified Associate Video Design Specialist
Complete your ACA certification in Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and After Effects within three years to earn this specialist certificate.Adobe Certified

Associate Web Design Specialist

Complete your ACA certification in Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and Animate within three years to earn this specialist certificate.
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The following Calendar contains information and assignments that are applicable to ALL Media Design students at BHHS.
For your specific programs of study click on a software icon above.

On Multi-tasking
People like to think they can multitask, but the brain actually can focus on just one thing at a time. When people switch between tasks, their brains can't keep up with everything. So there will be a delay as their attention moves from one task to another. Someone who is listening to one person talk, for instance, can't also listen to another. They can't even listen and read at the same time.
            -from https://www.sciencenewsforstudents.org "Phones in the Classroom Hurt Everyone's Grades" Sep 10, 2018
Still think you can multitask? Click here.
Week 4: September 23-27, 2019
The video below has nothing to do with Digital Design, but it is just too crazy NOT to see!
Assignment #1 for ALL Adobe Software Students
DUE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2019
  1. Do some research online about Climate Change and a part of the issue which interests you.
  • Global Warming: Fact or Fiction?
  • Extreme Weather
  • Rising Sea Levels
  • Extinction of Species
  • Pollution of Oceans
  • Water shortages
  • Worldwide Heat Waves
  • Migration of Human Populations away from Uninhabitable Regions
  • Global Food Shortages
  • Make AT LEAST three comprehensive sketches of poster ideas that you want to explore. These will be 20% of your grade.
  • CREATE FILE: If using Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign: FILE SIZE = 3300x4200 pixels (this is Portrait, Landscape is 4200x3300). If you are using Premiere Pro, After Effects, or Animate use your best judgement.
  • USE LAYERS - make certain your layers are labeled.
  • DO NOT use copyrighted elements in your poster. No photos of US politicians, POSITIVE ACTION MESSAGES are encouraged. For copyright-free images, heck out the links on the Resource Page..
  • .ZIP your file and Turn it in using the Bear Icon at the top left of your software page.
Week 3: September 16-20, 2019
Assignment #1 for ALL Adobe Software Students
DUE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2019
  1. Do some research online about Climate Change and a part of the issue which interests you.
  • Global Warming: Fact or Fiction?
  • Extreme Weather
  • Rising Sea Levels
  • Extinction of Species
  • Pollution of Oceans
  • Water shortages
  • Worldwide Heat Waves
  • Migration of Human Populations away from Uninhabitable Regions
  • Global Food Shortages
  • Make AT LEAST three comprehensive sketches of poster ideas that you want to explore. These will be 20% of your grade.
  • CREATE FILE: If using Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign: FILE SIZE = 3300x4200 pixels (this is Portrait, Landscape is 4200x3300). If you are using Premiere Pro, After Effects, or Animate use your best judgement.
  • USE LAYERS - make certain your layers are labeled.
  • DO NOT use copyrighted elements in your poster. No photos of US politicians, POSITIVE ACTION MESSAGES are encouraged. For copyright-free images, heck out the links on the Resource Page..
  • .ZIP your file and Turn it in using the Bear Icon at the top left of your software page.
Week 2: September 9-13, 2019
Assignment Challenge: Coffee Cave
Week 1: September 4-6, 2019
Words of wisdom from my Adobe Education Colleague, Mike Skocko
Digital Arts is supposed to be fun. Why are you so hung up on hard work?
Short Answer: So you’ll have fun in Digital Arts.
Longer Answer: It’s like learning to play a sport or a musical instrument. Those who work at it learn more quickly. The more you learn, the better you become. The better you become, the more you begin to enjoy the process. In time, the effort is no longer hard work but a kind of focused play. At that point, Digital Arts becomes a fun class that you’ll look forward to each day.
The Flip Side: Those who refuse to follow instructions day after day do not have fun in Digital Arts. The class is stupid, or boring, or a waste of time. It happens every year and the complainers are always the lazy ones.

I don’t want you to be miserable so I’m trying to make this as clear as possible.