Skyline 3

Learning Recommendations: Student should have an interest in photography, journalism/publishing, computer-based design and student leadership. Imperative skills include a strong work ethic, independent time management on long term projects, ability to attend events outside school & meet firm production deadlines, basic writing and grammar conventions, ability to work effectively in groups, and dedication to the project. A solid GPA is recommended.

General Description: In this elective course the staff produces the school yearbook. Students must be self-starters, able to work in teams, be conscious of quality control, and will be held to real life deadlines. We will cover basic professional photography elements & principals, interviewing techniques, copy writing, and page layout and design. Emphasis is on accurate and fair coverage of the school year. Yearbook does require a significant commitment; students will be assigned pages from various sections. Pages are assigned at the beginning of the year and students are expected to independently manage how each will be completed for the rest of the year.  In order to fairly represent a sport (or any organization that meets outside of school hours) you will need to attend several after-school events (ex. Sports, club meetings, dances, etc.), thus, work beyond the regular school day is required.  

Content:

  • Digital photography
  • Layout and design with Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop software
  • Writing copy, captions, and headlines
  • Libel and copyright issues
  • Publicity

Strategies:

Students learn through a combination of:

  • Modeling
  • Individual and team work
  • Revision & peer review
  • Direct instruction
  • Use of technology
  • Creation of product

Equipment to be provided by Student: It is helpful if students have their own DSLR digital camera, but class DSLR digital cameras will be available for check out. Students will be required to attend selected school events outside of regular hours which will require them to make their own transportation arrangements. If there is a concern about the cost, please see the ASB bookkeeper or your counselor.

Note: This course counts as a Fine Art credit for graduation, but it may not meet the four-year college admissions requirement for Fine/Visual/Performing Arts.