Media Arts

Department Head: Ms. C. Couch



Teacher Email
Ms. M. Peterson
Ms. B. Robinson
Mr. A. Scaga
Ms. T. Sarbazzadeh
Ms. V. Alexieva

Digital Animation 11 (open to Grade 10 & 11):

Does “taking notes” in class mean constantly doodling and day-dreaming about far-away fantasy worlds and colourful characters? Imagine creating characters and worlds as fantastic as your own imagination, and then bringing them to life. This hands-on course will introduce students to the art and mechanics of animation. Students will learn about stop-motion animation, hand-drawn animation, animation theory and history, 2D animation using Adobe Animate (Flash) and 3D animation and modelling.

Digital Animation 12:

The hub of Canada’s dynamic CGI (computer generated imagery) industry is right here in Vancouver where highly profiled studios like Pixar and Sony Pictures recently joined an already robust network of independent studios. If you’re ready for one of the coolest career fields out there, this course is for you. Animation 12 is a self-directed course that allows you to further develop your skills in the exciting and creative world of animation and visual effects. This course suits students who enjoy animation, sketching/painting and storytelling, visual FX, and game design. Most of the course will consist of independent or self-proposed projects creating your own animated content and short films.

Media Arts: Visual Arts 8:

Media Arts 8 is a fun course. In this course you will have the opportunity to develop skills and produce original work in graphics, animation, video, sound and game design. You will be evaluated primarily with completed projects and assignments. This course will serve as an excellent introduction to all of the Digital Media courses offered at BSSS and Industry-standard software applications. If you are interested in art, media, film, animation and video games, this is an excellent introductory course.

Media Arts: Visual Arts 9 – 12

Media Arts course is an introductory course to many different media possibilities. Students are learning the basics of video production, animation, photography, music composition, and web page design.  The course is largely practical and involves students doing hands-on activities and group projects in class as well as outside of class.

Much of the evaluation will be practical and ongoing throughout the year.

Software used include iMovie, Garageband, Adobe Premiere Pro, Flash, Dreamweaver, Photoshop and many Web2.0 applications.

Follow Up Courses: TVP 10/11/12, Animation 11/12, Video Production 11/12, Web Page Design 11/12, ICT 11/12

TV Production 10 to 12 (Open to Grade 9’s)

This course offers students an exciting opportunity to produce RATV morning broadcastings in the school’s own television studio. The course covers such topics as basic camera work, editing, scripting and in-camera action. Senior students are expected to assist in running and maintaining the studio as well as train and supervise first-year students junior students in all areas of video and television production. Students will be expected to produce short videos upon request within restricted time lines.

Follow Up Courses: Applications of Leadership – Video and Television Production 11/12

 Video Production 11 & 12 (Open to Grade 10’s)

​Video Production offers grades 11 and 12 students an exciting opportunity to learn and experiment about the world of video. The areas of work include directing, screenwriting, film editing, foley production, on location film-style shooting and film analysis.  Students will be expected to write and produce their own screenplays. The course will require students to work on group projects in class as well as outside of class.

Much of the evaluation will be practical and ongoing throughout the year. It is expected that students who enroll in Video Production 11/12 are able to act in responsible ways particularly when working with expensive equipment

Follow Up Courses: Applications of Leadership – Video and Television Production 11/12

Tech Leadership 10 to 12

The Leadership course provides students with the opportunity to acquire practical skills, knowledge and experience in maintaining on location and studio equipment, scheduling, filming and producing recoding of different school events. Students will work with minimum supervision and will be expected to demonstrated self-initiative and be committed to the program.

Students in this class will either work with the Video & Television Classes, or the Computer & Information Technology Classes

NOTE: This class may be scheduled “outside” timetable for those doing Video & Television Leadership

Application form is required.


AP Computer Science A 12

This great course introduces students to computer programming, using the popular JAVA language. AP CS A can end AP exam, achieving first year university credit for computer programming. There are no prerequisites for this course. That’s right, no prerequisites for the course. However, if you haven’t taken ICT 11 or 12, you’ll have to write introductory assignment before your enrolment in CS A12AP! Little memorization, little repetition, little notes, lots of problem solving.

ICT: Coding 11 & 12 (Open to Grade 10’s)

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ICT: Game Design 11 & 12

Gaming and programming is one of the most popular choices for careers in the technology industry.  Programming websites, games and even iPhone applications are all made up of codes that we unknowingly use everyday.

This course is an introduction to computer programming as a prerequisite for the Advanced Placement Computer Science 12 course.

Hardware and software configuration of computers, Networking, Web design and computer programming are the main topics taught in this course.


  • HTML coding, CSS, Actionscript and Javascript
  • Develop iPhone applications (with the use of complex programming languages and tutorials)
  • Game programming and 3D models animations using Blender™ and Alice™

 Follow Up Courses: ICT 12, AP CS12

Webpage Design 11 (Open to Grade 10’s)

WPD is an introduction to the Internet and HTML coding course. Students learn the inner working of the Internet, digital and network communications, and variety of computer skills that lead to the development and maintenance of web sites. This course is project oriented and students will work with various aspects of web page design, including coding, graphic design, style sheets, and active scripting. In addition students will have the opportunity to work with Adobe ™ Photoshop, Flash, Dreamweaver and Word Press.

Follow Up Courses: Web Page Design 12, ICT 11, ICT 12

Webpage Design 12

If you are interested in creating engaging designs and eye-catching web sites and media the course for you. The main applications/topics explored are:

  • Elements and principles of design (Professional design concepts used in media worldwide, including color theory)
  • HTML coding
  • Adobe™ Photoshop (Photo editing, image manipulation)
  • Adobe™ Fireworks (Animated graphics and buttons)
  • Adobe™ Flash (Creating interactive web sites, banners)
  • Adobe™ InDesign (Layout and design)
  • Adobe™ Dreamweaver (Web sites that includes all elements of the Adobe™ Design suite)

 *Note: The course is using exclusively open-source software.

 **Note: The course utilizes Adobe In Design Suite software, which may not be available for in home use, therefore all class projects, must be produced during class, using the iMac computers. 


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