Instructor: Luke S. Howell, CTE Teacher

    Office: A105

    Telephone: 520-696-4101

    Email: lhowell@amphi.com

    Availability: Conference Period and by appointment



    Graphic Design is a project oriented educational program designed to give students a “real world” experience.  By operating their own design firm the students will have the opportunity to work with a range of clients to produce artwork for use throughout the community.  Students will gain working knowledge of software prominently used in the industry and will utilize that software to create logos, posters, flyers, fonts, etc.  By working on deadline oriented tasks students will gain knowledge of the commercial graphic design workflow and experience shepherding a design from preproduction, production, and post-production through Delivery/Distribution.     



    Film and Television Production is an exploration of the history and science of film/television and an examination of the production process.  Students will get hands on experience in every phase of film/television making including pre-production, production, post production, and exhibition.  As a class we will examine the many career fields in the industry and each student will get the chance to participate in the filmmaking/television production process. 



    Digital Media is an exploration of modern communication media technologies.  Students will be introduced to Graphic Design, Web Design, Photography, Video Production, Audio Recording, and more.  Each of the students’ new skills will be utilized to create a piece that will be featured in a portfolio at the end of the year.

    Additionally, as students are exposed to a new medium, the class will, as a whole, explore the various career paths available to individuals with honed skills in that field and explore work of prominent individuals in each industry.  


    Workroom Environment

    The workroom is your place to learn.  My goal is to facilitate that learning by sharing my knowledge with you, guiding you through the class and working in tandem with you to create a safe and respectful space.  Much of this class is project oriented and requires students to work independently or in groups.  While I will encourage creativity and collaboration, students will be held to strict deadlines and will be expected to develop effective time-management skills over the course of the year.     


    Student Expectations

    Students will be expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner.  That means...

    1. Treat everyone in class with respect.  
    2. Come prepared for class every day.
    3. Be kind to the equipment.

    Additionally, students will be expected to manage their time and meet deadlines for each project that they are assigned.


    Class Materials

    Students are encouraged to purchase a notebook, binder, 8.5 x 11 artist sketch pad, and a 4GB – 8GB USB drive to backup their work.


    Students MUST check out equipment before use. It is the student’s responsibility to care for any equipment in his/her possession and he/she will be responsible for any damage or loss that occurs due to his/her negligence.


    Assignments and Grading

    Each assignment will be graded on…

    • Effort
    • Creativity
    • Timeliness (Did you meet the deadline?)
    • Adherence to Assignment Parameters (Did you follow the directions?)
    • Professional Behavior (Participation)

    100% - 90% = A, 89% - 80% = B, 79% - 70% = C, 69% - 60% D, Below 60% = F


    Make-up Work

    Students with excused absences must make up their work during lunch or conference time.  Unexcused absences may not be made up.


    Tardy Policy

    Tardiness to class will result in the loss of class time and critical instruction for the day’s work.  Therefore, students who are tardy will be required to confer with Mr. Howell about the reason he/she was late and try to find solutions to avoid tardiness in the future.  After the 3rd occurrence, Mr. Howell will contact the student’s parents regarding his/her chronic tardiness.  The 4th tardy will result in an office referral.  Bellwork may not be made up for an unexcused tardy.


    Academic Integrity Policy

    Ironwood Ridge takes academic integrity very seriously. Any assignment that is found to be completed utilizing work other than the students’ own will receive an immediate grade of zero.  There are no exceptions to this policy.


    Last Item

    My number one goal is to make sure that I provide you with the resources that you need to actively learn.  If you have any question or concerns always feel free to speak to me.  And remember … the earlier you speak to me, the better.  It’s easier to handle a small concern early than to fix a big problem later!


    Mr. Howell reserves the right to treat each student in a unique manner based on their individual educational needs, and make exceptions or modifications to these guidelines as he sees fit. Mr. Howell also reserves the right to offer Extra Credit.