Welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year!
To Access the class calendars for 2018-19 school year, CLICK HERE.
QUIZ for yesterday's presentation
Video shown in class: Working with Clients
Video shown in class: Project Plan
GMetrix Practice Test DeBrief - Imporant - Please fill out this form.
Week 16 & 17: January 6-17
You will be taking the ACA Practice Exam on
Tuesday/Wednesday- January 7th & 8th

You will take the Final ACA Exam on
Tuesday, January 21st and Wednesday, January 22nd.
  • Finish the curriculum a week early. If you finish the curriculum a week early, you'll have time to use the ACATestPrep quizzes and reviews most effectively. Wait until the last minute and you won;t know what you need to review! Finish every project, and watch every video.
  • Do the prep quizzes and review in the box below.
  • Relax on testing day. Stressing on testing day can lower your score as much as not studying or finishing all the projects. If you watch all the videos, do all the projects, and spend time reviewing, you've got a darn good chance of passing! If you don't...you're rolling the dice! Don't gamble on this, especially if you don't get to test again if you don't pass the first time (many people don't pass the first time, but do on the second.)
  • TO PREPARE, DO THE FOLLOWING LISTED BELOW (they are assignments &you will receive a grade for doing them)
Adobe Color Site
Adobe Fonts
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.

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.
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 16: Jan. 6-10
ACA Practice Test !
    Tues. January 7 and Wed. January 8
ACA Certification Exam will be during Finals Week
Week 14: Dec. 9-13
ACA Test Prep Time! Go to the Photoshop Page for instructions
Week 13: Dec. 2-6
We have five weeks left of classes in the semester: That is 15 class sessions for each class. Don't waste time. Every minute counts.
Great YouTube Video (can't get the video to load here)
Monday, December 2:
  • REQUIRED: 50 points EVERYONE must complete this: Quick Quiz and ACA Question
  • Durkin will show a video introduction to the ACA exams
  • Two quick tests (14 minutes each) to determine what you need to study for the ACA exam. (100 points each)
  • Important State CTE (Career & Technical Education) SURVEY (50 points)
Drastic change of plan: Continue with the Poster project, but the project has changed to ONE poster. Create the poster in Illustrator, if that is what you are studying (you know who you are).
Week 12: Nov. 18-23
A lot of you did not do this: SELF-PORTRAIT ASSIGNMENT: WORTH 100 POINTS: Access the Assignment Reflection HERE
Assignment for ALL Adobe Software Students Worth 300 Points
DUE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2019 - Late work will NOT be accepted
  1. Create a public-awareness campaign with a message that promotes a social cause or issue—something for “the greater good” of society.
  2. You will develop ONE 18x24 poster on your cause/issue.
  • IDEAS: plastic bags, recycling, extinction of species, global food shortages, extreme weather, water pollution, child abuse, violence, drug abuse, responsible fishing practices, forest fire prevention
  • Do the research. Do NOT just explore one site on your subject. You are required to write down the sources you used in your online reflection piece.
  • Your point of view may highlight the positive or negative aspects of your chosen topic.
  • Consider who your audience is and how you would like to speak to them.
  • These elements together make up the "look and feel: of your campaign:
  • Concept: Is it memorable? Does it have a call to action? POSITIVE ACTION MESSAGES are best.
  • Content: It must be original. Original headline, body copy (you MUST take the time and write it yourself), Do NOT go online, rework an existing poster or meme and expect credit. This is YOUR message - not a re-hash of someone else's.
  • Execution of concept: Is your layout of elements compelling?
  • Use of Typography: Readability and Legibility.
  • Use of Color: Are the color choices random, or did you develop a color palette/scheme?
  • Read the rubric!
  • Research online. Visit, read and write-down the web addresses of EACH site you visit on your subject. You MUST cite at least 5 viable websites on a letter-size paper to be handed-in BEFORE you start on your poster design. LOOK AT POSTERS!
  • Make AT LEAST 50 concept thumbnail sketches from which you will develop three final ideas that you will develop into clean, detailed sketches. Pencil on letter-size paper is acceptable. 20% of your grade.
    ‘Drawing is not what one sees, but what one can make others see.’ - Edgar Degas.
  • CREATE FILE: If using Photoshop, Illustrator, or InDesign: FILE SIZE =5400x7200 pixels (18x24 inches) (this is Portrait, Landscape is 7200x5400).
  • USE LAYERS - make certain your layers are labeled.  DO NOT FLATTEN LAYERS! If you do, your work will NOT be accepted.
  • DO NOT use copyrighted elements in your poster. No photos of US politicians, POSITIVE ACTION MESSAGES are encouraged. For copyright-free images, check out the links on the Resource Page..
  • Your finished file must be in .jpg format with layers intact. REPEAT: DO NOT FLATTEN LAYERS! If you do, your work will NOT be accepted. .ZIP your file and Turn it in using the Bear Icon at the top left of your software page.
Week 10-11: November 4-15
The theme is: Where is your mind?
This assignment is worth 200 points. The Reflection part of the assignment is worth 100 points.
You are going to do a work in the style of Andrea Constantini. First, check-out some of his work HERE.
Access the Assignment Sheet HERE
Access the Assignment Rubric HERE
WORTH 100 POINTS: Access the Assignment Reflection HERE
Week 9: October 28-31, 2019 END OF QUARTER
Week 8: October 21-25, 2019
Week 7: October 14-18, 2019
Week 6: October 7-11, 2019
No big assignments this week. Please just continue in your learning and SHOW ME what you are creating!
Week 5: September 30 - October 4, 2019
Don't forget to put in some time on the Global Warming project
CheckOut this Halloween collection created by students at art school (ages 18-21)
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!
Week 3: September 16-20, 2019
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.