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  • ARTS, BUSINESS, & TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT 

  • CONTACT

     

    Mr. Joseph Dvorak, M.A.

    Arts, Business, & Technology Chairperson

    joseph.dvorak@holycrosshighschool.org

    (856) 461-5400 x3113

     

  • ARTS, BUSINESS, & TECHNOLOGY FACULTY

     

    Mr. Joseph Dvorak, M.A.

     

    Ms. Brenda Kelly Bacon, B.F.A.

     

    Ms. Penny O'Neill, B.S.


  • 8110 Accounting

    Grade: 11-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): None

     

    The course is based on the principles of the double entry accounting system. Accounting provides the broadest background available to any student interested in any aspects of business and would be valuable to any student looking to major in a business discipline in college. The first half of the course introduces the student to the basic concepts in accounting and analysis of transactions. It takes the student through the entire accounting cycle for a cash-based service business organized as a sole proprietorship and then expands the accounting cycle for a retail merchandising business organized as a corporation. The second half includes specific topics such as payroll, depreciation, notes receivable and notes payable. Students will have the opportunity to use their accounting skills on the computer.


     8130 Principles of Business Management

    Grade: 11-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): None

     

    This course is designed to provide the students with an overview of the functions and activities of business operations. The material covered in the course includes an examination of the business environment, types of business ownership, economics, accounting, finance, management theories and marketing. One-half semester will include the opportunity for the students to operate and manage their own “real life” business within the classroom.


     8120 Introduction to Business/Business Communications

    Grade: 9-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): None

     

    The combination of these two courses provides students with the study of topics and learning experiences that are important personally and professionally. The Introduction to Business course will provide various opportunities for the students to learn about the business world. . In addition, the student will be better prepared to plan his or her educational future through personal research into careers. Some of the other topics to be explored include: basic economic concepts, ethics and social responsibility, business ownership, the global economy, the role of government in business, and financial institutions. The advent of new technology is helping people to function more effectively and across longer distances. However, one must still have good communication skills to succeed in both personal and business areas of life. Business Communications is designed to improve the student’s communication skills through assignments that stimulate business reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.


     8140 Economics and Technology

    Grade: 9-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): None

     

    Yes, money does matter. It is not just what you earn; it is also what you spend, how you spend it, how you invest it, and how you protect yourself against risk that matters. Understanding personal money management will serve the student throughout adult life. Some of the topics to be explored in this personal financial literacy course include: making good consumer decisions, how to get and keep good credit, money management through financial planning—checking and savings accounts, real estate, stocks, and basic risk management using insurance. In addition, office software applications of word processing, spreadsheets, database, and presentations will be integrated to expand the students’ knowledge of how businesses use technology on an everyday basis. Designed mainly for freshman and sophomore students.


     The following CAD courses are offered on yearly rotation:

     

     8510 Computer-Aided Drawing (CAD) for Engineering (Will be offered again in SY 2017- 2018)

    Grade: 10-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): Grade 10 students must have taken either CAD for Architecture or Design Technology

     

    This course is designed for the students who may be interested in pursuing engineering in college or technical school. It allows the interested student to become familiar with the types of drawing done by engineers. Artistic talent is not required because all drawing is done on the computer using AutoCad. The course includes drawings in three views: sectioning, auxiliary views and rotating views.


     8520 Computer-Aided Drawing (CAD) for Architecture

    Grade: 9-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): None

     

    This is a course designed for the student interested in pursuing architecture in college. The interested student will study architectural styles of US homes from the past and present, the basic elements of home construction and the mechanical systems of the home. Students will design a residential home on computers using the AutoCad program.


     8500 Design Technology

    Grade: 9-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): None

     

     

    This course is an introductory class for students who are interested in design. Cars, clothes, jewelry, furniture, gym equipment, televisions, bikes, and all the thousands of other things we use every day all started with the design process. An idea sparks the imagination and the design team brings it to life. This is a hands-on class in which students will work individually and in teams to produce designs that could result in a product. Examples of possible project designs are furniture, point-of-purchase displays, children’s playground, clothing, car or truck interior, and backyard deck. Artistic talent is not required because technical drawings are done using AutoCAD. The course includes drawings in orthographic and pictorial views. This is an introductory class designed for freshmen and sophomores, but open to all students.


     

    9110 Studio Art Survey

    Grade: 9-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): None

     

    + This course may be repeated for continuing credit. This course is for students who have little or no artistic experience or those who do not consider themselves artistically talented but would still like to explore doing art. Through a variety of studio projects, hands-on assignments, computer artwork and a museum visit, students will engage in exploration of the following: the elements and principles of art and design; aesthetics; the fundamentals of realistic drawing; the fundamentals of a variety of artistic media and forms of artistic creation; and art criticism and art history as it is applicable to the particular studio project. Each semester of participation will be labeled as follows: Studio Art Survey I, Studio Art Survey II, Studio Art Survey III, and Studio Art Survey IV. All levels will be scheduled concurrently but there is a two-year cycle of instruction and media studied.


     

    9115 Honors Studio Art

    Grade: 9-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): Teacher’s signature required. This course is open to all students but admission is by review of samples of student work (portfolio) and with the permission of the instructor.

     

    +It is recommended that freshmen take studio art survey for at least one year (a one semester course.)

     

    +This course may be repeated for continuing credit.

     

    This course is for students who have artistic experience, consider themselves artistically talented and are seriously interested in artistic development.

     

    Through a great variety of studio projects, hands-on assignments, computer artwork, Internet use and a museum visit, students will engage in in-depth exploration of the following: the elements and principles of art and design; aesthetics and aesthetic theories; art criticism and art history as it is applicable to the particular studio project; the fundamentals of realistic drawing such as perspective and more advanced drawing strategies such as sighting; the fundamentals and many advanced techniques of a great variety of artistic media; portfolio development, college preparation and career possibilities.

     

    Each year of participation will be labeled as follows: Honors Studio Art I, Honors Studio Art II, Honors Studio Art III and Honors Studio Art IV. All levels will be scheduled concurrently and, while there will be class topics that are the central focus for all levels, each level will have a specifically tailored packet of projects, endeavors and expectations. 10 Some media and art forms are revisited every year and some varying media and art forms are explored on a three-year cycle.

     

    Honors Studio Art Legacy/Installation Option: Rather than do artwork for themselves, students in Honors Studio Art can elect this option. Students will work in a group or independently on projects to be installed around the school building. These projects will be installed as a legacy and will involve modern Catholic Iconology. A variety of media will be employed such as oil paint and mosaic.


    9160 Photography

    Grade: 9-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): None

     

    A 35 mm film camera and digital camera are needed. 35mm film will be provided, however, loaner cameras of both types are available. In most instances, because of possible resolution issues, students are discouraged from using phone cameras. Students will be taught the workings of a camera and various darkroom techniques (developing and printing in black and white using only Kodak TRI-X 400 ASA 35mm film). The History of Photography and design concepts/principles will be explored as well as creativity in picture taking. There will be an opportunity for students to explore digital photography. Digital photo editing will also be explored.


    9150 Graphic Design 1

    Grade: 9-12

    5 Credits Semester

    Prerequisite(s): None

     

    This course is open to all students who have an interest in the commercial arts fields or have an interest in learning some basic design and graphic principles and techniques. Students will gain practical experience in the development of design and “mechanical skills.” Graphic computers will be part of the learning experience. Some specific examples of materials, tools and projects include, but will not be limited to, the following:

     

    -Layout design, cutting & pasting, etc.

     

    -Design exercises that focus on such design basics as balance, the creation of movement, etc.

     

    - Corel X6 and Adobe Photo Shop applications.

     

    -PCs, flatbed scanners, digital cameras and laser printers.


     9180 Graphic Design 2

    Grade: 10-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): Graphic Design 1

     

    Course offering will alternate with ANIMATION- (every other school year.)

     

     

    This course is open to students who have had the first level of Graphic Design and wish to further explore in a more sophisticated approach those topics taken up in Graphic Design 1. Students will gain further experience in the development of “mechanical skills.” Graphic computers/applications are the main focus of the learning experience. Some specific examples of materials, tools and projects include, but will not be limited to, the following:

     

    -Layout design, cutting & pasting, etc.

     

    -Design exercises that focus on design basics.

     

    -Photo Editing.

     

    -Corel X6 and Adobe Photo Shop applications.

     

    -PCs, flatbed scanners, digital cameras and ink jet printers.


     9190 Animation (Will be offered in SY 2017-18)

    Grade: 10-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): Graphic Design 1

     

    Course offering will alternate with GRAPHIC DESIGN 2- (every other school year.)

     

     

    This course is open to students who have had the first level of Graphic Design and wish to explore the art and techniques of animation. Students will explore and examine the history and development of Animation and Animation techniques. Because this is a Studio Course the major focus of student work will be the creation/production of a variety of short 11 animations. These projects will explore a variety of animation techniques. These techniques will include but not be limited to: cell animation, stop-action animation, and computer cell animation.


     9210 Dance 1

    Grade: 9-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): None

     

    Dance education enables students to discover their own innate capacity for the communication of ideas, thoughts and feelings through the medium of dance. The curriculum is arranged sequentially to include creative work, dance forms and techniques, dance history, performance and production, aesthetics and criticism. Dance 1 will be a basic overview of different dance styles such as jazz, tap, hip hop, modern, and ballet. The class will explore the basic ideas, techniques, principles and history of these dance styles.


     9220 Dance 2

    Grade: 10-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): Dance 1

     

    Dance 2 will cover the same dance styles as Dance 1 but will focus on Dance Theory and Composition. This detailed class will focus on developing the creative mind. The technique classes will be structured for the intermediate level and the students will be responsible for a variety of projects and choreography.


     9230 Dance 3

    Grade: 11-12

    5 Credits

    Semester Prerequisite(s): Dance 2

     

    Dance 3 will cover the same dance styles as Dance 1 but will focus on Choreography and Teaching styles. This class will stretch their abilities as Choreographers and explore the various choreographic formulas and styles. Students will also have opportunity to perform as a Dance Teacher and assist with teaching fundamentals and proper techniques. This class will be structured for the advanced level and students will be responsible for a variety of choreography projects as well as teaching days.

     

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