Media, Design & Communication Arts (MDC)

Design Studies

Pre-Architectural and Industrial Design 10, 20, 30

Credits: 5 per course

  • None for Pre‐Architectural and Industrial Design 10
  • 20/30 require successful completion of the previous level

Introduce students to the basics of creative and technical 2D, 3D and Computer Assisted Design (CAD). Students will utilize “Revit Architecture” and “Inventor”. Students will learn to problem solve by applying the Design Process and the
Principles and Elements of Design.

Pre-Engineering 10, 20, 30

Credits: 5

  • None for Pre-Engineering 10

Students learn basic skills related to creating real-world objects as an introduction to many engineering careers. Students will receive practical hands-on experience in interactive technical lab environments, complemented with virtual online simulations. Students will investigate fundamental engineering concepts including CAD Design, electronics, robotics/mechatronics, and computer programming. Students will learn to design, construct and program robots and robotic systems.

Fashion Studies

The Fashion Studies program at Lester B. Pearson High School introduces the student to the exciting world of clothing construction, fashion illustration, design and fabric arts. This course offers students the opportunity to gain practical experience in constructing items for personal use, home décor as well as providing a vehicle for artistic expression. Skills such as fabric selection, care of garments and sewing techniques are covered which both male and females can use for the rest of their lives.

Note: Students are required to provide the supplies necessary to complete the required projects as well as a basic sewing kit.

Fashion Studies 10

Credits: 5 per course


  • None for Fashion 10
  • 20/30 require successful completion of the previous level

Students will cover basic sewing techniques, including hand sewing, using the sewing machine and sergers. Students will design and manufacture simple clothing and accessories.

Students registering in this introductory course will be taking the following five mini-courses:

  • FAS 1030 Sewing Fundamentals – Students learn how to safely use and care for sewing and pressing equipment, and apply these skills during project assembly.
  • FAS1050 Redesign, Recycle & Restore – Students experiment with creative ways to redesign, recycle or restore a project by repairing, customizing or embellishing. Students use these techniques to update or create something new from something old.
  • FAS1060 Creating Accessories 1 – Students use basic sewing skills and techniques to construct a home or personal accessory.
  • FAS1130 Construction Fundamentals 1 – Students learn how to determine pattern size, choose a suitable pattern and woven fabric, make pattern alterations, and prepare the fabric and pattern for layout. Students apply these skills during the assembly of a simple garment.
  • FAS1190 Textile Arts – Students explore various yarn or textile art techniques and apply basic skills while creating a project. .

Fashion Studies 20

This course continues in greater depth from Fashion Studies 10 and allows some flexibility of allowing students to concentrate in the areas which are of most interest to them. Students are introduced to advanced construction techniques, fitting procedures, pattern alterations and specialty fabrics. Students need 5 mini-courses, three required, and two of their own choice.

Required Mini-courses:

  • FAS2130 Construction Fundamentals 2 - Students apply intermediate construction techniques and knowledge of fabrics and patterns to complete a garment for the lower torso.
  • FAS2090 Specialty Fabrics 1- Students research, experiment with and produce a project, using a specialty fabric.
  • FAS2080 Activewear - Students learn about activewear fabrics and how to make unique, attractive and serviceable activewear.

Other Choices:

  • FAS1000 Fashion Illustration 1 - Students discover the world of fashion illustration and learn to sketch a croquis, incorporate simple gestures and apply these skills to create fashion illustrations.
  • FAS2000 Fashion Illustration 2 - Students apply techniques and knowledge to create a variety of fashion illustrations with a focus on movement, poses and details of heads, hands and feet.
  • FAS2040 Evolution of Fashion - Students discover the historical influences on fashion, and relate past fashions to present-day styles.
  • FAS2100 Sewing for Others - Students create a project for a client whose needs require special measuring, designing, fitting, construction techniques and/or use of resources.
  • FAS2110 Creating Home Décor - Students apply design and sewing techniques to create a home décor fashion.
  • FAS2120 Surface Embellishment - Students practise a variety of embellishment techniques and apply these skills to a finished project.
  • FAS2160 Creating Accessories 2 - Students study accessories related to fashion, and produce a fashion accessory.
  • FAS2180 Creative Costuming - Students analyze different costuming requirements and construct a costume for personal use.

Fashion Studies 30

This course continues in greater depth from Fashion Studies 20. Students continue to build on their advanced construction techniques and there is some flexibility of mini-course selection. Students may choose to explore their fashion interests by focussing on a combination of mini-courses at the advanced level which will help them realize the direction they would like to focus on. Students need 5 mini-courses, three required, and two of their own choice.

Required Mini-courses:

  • FAS3090 Specialty Fabrics 2 - Students learn about the characteristics and techniques for preparing, sewing and caring for an advanced specialty fabric. Subsequently, they create and construct a distinctive project.
  • FAS3130 Construction Fundamentals 3 - Students apply advanced construction techniques and knowledge of patterns and fabrics to complete a garment for the upper torso.
  • FAS3200 Outdoor Clothing - Students learn about fabrics suitable for outdoor clothing and construct a garment designed for outerwear.

Other Choices:

  • FAS3000 Fashion Illustration 3 - Students create a fashion line by using technical or impressionistic techniques.
  • FAS3040 Contemporary Tailoring – Students create a jacket or coat, using contemporary tailoring techniques.
  • FAS3060 Couture – Students study past couturiers and create their own haute couture fashions.
  • FAS3070 Creators of Fashion – Students discover the world of fashion designers.
  • FAS3080 Cultural Fashions – Students research and learn about the fashions of other cultures and produce a project related to their research.

Animation & Graphics 10, 20, 30

Credits: 5 per course

  • None for Animation & Graphics 10
  • 20/30 require successful completion of the previous level

Explore the skills essential to pursue a career in Digital Graphic Design, 2D and 3D Animation. Develop skill in creating effective visual compositions through illustration, typography and print using Adobe CC computer software. Develop skill in manual sketching, drawing and modeling techniques to communicate ideas. Learn a variety of animation principles and techniques in both 2D and 3D Animation using industry standard animation software. Exploration will be given to the methods used by professional graphic designers to influence a target audience in supporting specific ideas and or products. Throughout the program, students can choose to specialize in either Animation or Graphic Design.

Photography 10, 20, 30

Credits: 5 per course

  • None for Photography 10
  • 20/30 require successful completion of the previous level

Learn camera techniques so you can take effectively and creative photographs using the combination of shutter speed, aperture and ISO, which make up the photographic triangle. Expand photographic concepts through the use of various lenses and the application of depth of field. Learn to enhance photographs using Photoshop to improve image composition.

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