Middle School Digital Art and Design

Enrollment Message:

This course contains additional technology and device requirements as well as additional material costs. See the full syllabus for details.

The world is filled with so many different forms of art - including digital art. In this course, you’ll explore this special genre of art found in everything from advertising to animation to photography and beyond. Additionally, you’ll tap into your creative side to create digital art and make it come alive! Prerequisites:  None

Course Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will be able to...

  • Enjoy a deeper understanding and appreciation for all things digital as they explore this special genre of art found in everything from advertising to animation to photography and beyond.
  • Learn about the evolution of art, the basic principles of art and design, and the role of art in politics and society.
  • Create their own digital art and animate it.

Course Outline:

Unit 1: 21st Century Art

Unit 2: Say Cheese!

Unit 3: The Evolution of 2-Dimensional Art

Unit 4: Graphic Design

Unit 5: Magic in Motion: Animation

Unit 6: Sound and Music

Unit 7: How to Look at and Evaluate Art

Unit 8: Mixing Up Art

Resources Included: Online lesson instruction and activities, opportunities to engage with a certified, online instructor and classmates, when appropriate, and online assessments to measure student performance of course objectives and readiness for subsequent academic pursuits.

Additional Costs:Digital camera or smartphone, drawing paper and colored pencils, markers, or drawing or animation software (needed to create a logo and a character that could be animated), a computer or phone equipped with a microphone and capable of recording audio (required for an activity involving recording a “radio commercial”).

Scoring System: Michigan Virtual does not assign letter grades, grant credit for courses, nor issue diplomas. A final score out of total points earned will be submitted to your school mentor for conversion to their own letter grading system.

Time Commitment: Semester sessions are 18-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1 or more hours per day in the course to be successful. Summer sessions are 10 weeks long: Students must be able to spend a minimum of 2 or more hours per day, or about 90 hours during the summer, for the student to be successful in any course. Trimester sessions are 12-weeks long: Students must be able to spend 1.5 or more hours per day in the course to be successful.

Technology Requirements: Students will require a computer device with headphones, a microphone, webcam, up-to-date Chrome Web Browser, and access to YouTube. Students will need a digital camera or smartphone capable of taking pictures and recording audio as well as access to drawing or animation software.

Please review the Michigan Virtual Technology Requirements: https://michiganvirtual.org/about/support/knowledge-base/technical-requirements/

Instructor Support System: For technical issues within your course, contact the Customer Care Center by email at [email protected] or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Instructor Contact Expectations: Students can use email or the private message system within the Student Learning Portal to access highly qualified teachers when they need instructor assistance. Students will also receive feedback on their work inside the learning management system. The Instructor Info area of their course may describe additional communication options.

Academic Support Available: In addition to access to a highly qualified, Michigan certified teacher, students have access to academic videos and outside resources verified by Michigan Virtual. For technical issues within the course, students can contact the Michigan Virtual Customer Care by email at [email protected] or by phone at (888) 889-2840.

Required Assessment: Online assessments consist of formative and summative assessments represented by computer-graded multiple choice, instructor-graded writing assignments including hands-on projects, model building and other forms of authentic assessments.

Technical Skills Needed: Basic technology skills necessary to locate and share information and files as well as interact with others in a Learning Management System (LMS), include the ability to:

  • Download, edit, save, convert, and upload files
  • Download and install software
  • Use a messaging service similar to email
  • Communicate with others in online discussion or message boards, following basic rules of netiquette
  • Open attachments shared in messages
  • Create, save, and submit files in commonly used word processing program formats and as a PDF
  • Edit file share settings in cloud-based applications, such as Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides
  • Save a file as a .pdf
  • Copy and paste and format text using your mouse, keyboard, or an html editor’s toolbar menu
  • Insert images or links into a file or html editor
  • Search for information within a document using Ctrl+F or Command+F keyboard shortcuts
  • Work in multiple browser windows and tabs simultaneously
  • Activate a microphone or webcam on your device, and record and upload or link audio and/or video files
  • Use presentation and graphics programs
  • Follow an online pacing guide or calendar of due dates
  • Use spell-check, citation editors, and tools commonly provided in word processing tool menus
  • Create and maintain usernames and passwords

Additional Information: None


School Level: Middle School
Standards: Michigan Visual, Performing, and Applied Arts
NCAA Approved: N/A - Grade Level
Alignment Document: Document
Course Location: Michigan Virtual (Brightspace)
NCES Code: 05199
MDE Endorsement Code: LX - Art Education
MMC Minimum Requirements:

When Offered: (23-24) Semester 1 - Traditional/Delayed Start

Content Provider: eDL
Instructor Provider: Michigan Virtual

Course Type: Plus