• Pathways at MPA: Engineering + Design



    CTE Mission and Vision

    A school where design thinking, application of computer science, engineering, visual arts and graphic design principles find their way into all classes at every grade level. Pathways are an opportunity to connect core academic course work and pathway specific skills to real world careers.


    GRAPHIC DESIGN PATHWAY OVERVIEW: The goal of the Graphic Design pathway at Madison Park is to provide students with authentic, real-world learning experiences in the field of design. Students engage in a wide range of disciplines within the design field to prepare them to enter the workplace or pursue college-level design studies.





    MPA students progress through a rigorous sequence of courses starting with Art Design and Computer Science their freshman year. They then opt to join the Engineering strand or Graphic Design strand and progress through a series of three courses that build on one another. Students can opt to deepen their learning through Advanced Art, and AP Computer Science A and B. 




    Course Descriptions



    9th Grade 



    Art Design

    Art Design is an introductory course that prepares students to declare their future Pathway choice in either Graphic Design or Engineering. Students will leave the first semester with foundational skills and knowledge of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design through exploration of mediums and creative thinking. At the end of the year, students will be exposed to and apply their knowledge in real world applications in the fields of Graphic Design and Engineering and will culminate their experience with a final Portfolio Presentation.


    Computer Science

    Computer Science is an introductory course that prepares students to declare their future Pathway choice in either Graphic Design or Engineering. Students will leave this class with foundational skills principles of Design and principles in  Engineering through exploration of web development. At the end of the year, students will build a digital portfolio that will document a students’ developed-skills, projects, and professional exploration throughout the remainder of their time in high school.



    10th -12th Grade



    Engineering Pathway



    Graphic Design Pathway

    ENGR 1: Introduction to Engineering Design

    Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) is the first course of the Engineering Pathway. Students learn how to use the Engineering Design Process (EDP) to solve problems. Learning will happen through a combination of structured activities and open-ended projects and problems which will help students develop quantitative reasoning, spatial thinking, planning, documentation, and communication skills.


    GRX COMM 1: Design for Visual Communications & Multimedia

    This introductory pathway course provides exposure to many career opportunities in the field of design, including digital photography, typography, graphic design, digital storytelling, and animation. Students will use industry-standard Adobe Suite software to complete a variety of projects that are aligned with California standards in the CTE industry sector of Arts Media & Entertainment.



    ENGR 2: Principles of Engineering

    Principles of Engineering (POE) is a foundation course that exposes students to some of the major concepts that they will encounter in a postsecondary engineering course of study. Through problems that engage and challenge, students explore a broad range of engineering topics, including mechanisms, the strength of materials and structures, automation, and kinematics. The course applies

    and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology.


    GRX COMM 2: Design for Web and Mobile Interaction

    In this second pathway course, students build upon the foundation of skills learned in the first course and apply them to longer term, projects that mirror workplace collaborative interactions. Students will learn website and mobile application design and development, e-book design, and game design. Students also will produce a digital portfolio of work completed in the pathway, which can be used to promote their skills in job searches or in college applications.  



    ENGR 3: Digital Electronics

    Digital Electronics TM is the study of electronic circuits that are used to process and control digital signals. Digital electronics is the foundation of all modern electronic devices such as cellular phones, MP3 players, laptop computers, digital cameras, high definition televisions, etc.The major focus of the DE course is to expose students to the design process of combinational and sequential logic design, teamwork, communication methods, engineering standards, and technical documentation. The course applies and concurrently develops secondary level knowledge and skills in mathematics, science, and technology.



    GRX COMM 3: Design for Change

    This culminating pathway course takes the design expertise students have developed thus far and uses it to affect positive change in the world on an issue students care most about.  As a complement to the Senior Capstone, this course provides a deep dive into effective communication strategies to influence social issues, offers opportunities for students to learn from successful nonprofit leaders working in their community, and apply those strategies through the production of infographics, flyers, brochures, websites, mobile applications, short films with the aim of affecting tangible change in their community. Students also have the opportunity to sit for an Adobe Certified Educator exam, which offers certification in one or more of the Adobe Suite Applications.



    Other Electives



    Advanced Art

    Advanced Art is an in-depth exploration of student’s creative and technical skills in the Visual Arts through a variety of media and techniques. Students will be pushed to brainstorm, develop, and create new ideas through a series of challenging projects and a variety of artistic styles. Students will be taught critical thinking skills, collaboration, creative thinking, and communication. At the end of the year, students will leave with increased confidence in their technical skills as well as the ability to be creative thinkers.



    AP Computer Science Principles

    AP Computer Science Principles and AP Computer Science A are advanced courses that offer a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the underlying principles of computation. These courses introduce students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet, cybersecurity concerns, and computing impacts. They also gives student the opportunity to use current technologies to create computational artifacts for both self-expression and problem solving. Together, these two courses make up a rigorous and rich curriculum that aims to broaden participation in computer science.



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    Media (Dual Enrollment)




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