Media, Design & Communication (MDC)

Communication Technology

Multimedia & Film and Media Arts Intro (Multi10XX) (5 Credits)

This course is designed to introduce students to film production. This course explore both film making techniques and technology. Explore concepts such as mise en scene, sound, lighting, camera shots, angles and movement before delving more deeply into theoretical issues like movie genres, pre-production/production and post-production, roles of filmmakers and Canada’s influence in film. End the semester by applying your understanding of film making concepts and techniques through filming and editing. Students will learn basic  software like Photoshop, Premiere, After Effects., 3D Studio Max, Maya, etc.

Multimedia & Film and Media Arts Multi Level  (6 Credits)      

Prerequisite: Multimed. & Film Intro 

This course builds upon the skills and techniques acquired in Multimedia & Film and Media Art 15. It will continue to be a blend of both Media Design & Communication and Film & Media Art.  The emphasis of Film and Media Art will be placed on further developing social, cultural, historical and technical forces impacted and reflected by film. Students will be challenged to master critical, analytical and technical aspects of filmmaking. They will also create an original script and storyboard for a short film, and produce it on DVD.   Media Production courses are geared towards exploration and discovery of Photography, Film, 3D Modelling and Animation techniques in a personalized environment.   Explore the world of film production, gamesdesign, 3D modeling and computer generated design. Students will specialize in Film Animation Production and Digital Photograpy

Design Studies

Design Studies Introductory (5 Credits)

This introductory course is for students interested in architectural design and basic engineering drawing. Students start the semester by exploring various drawing techniques used by designers before moving on to learn two software programs - AutoCAD and Revit. Students learn the basics of residential home design before moving on to a final project where they work through the design process to design a home for a fictional client.

Design Studies Intermediate (5 Credits)

Prerequisite: Des. Studies Intro
This course is for students interested in designing houses and / or considering a career as an Interior Designer, Architect or Architectural Technologist. Learn AutoCAD Revit and work on a submission to a local Architectural Design Competition for the change to win a scholarship. Finally, learn about physical 3D modelling to construct a scale model prototypes using modelling material like foam core, cardboard, and cardstock. 

Design Studies Advanced (5 Credits)

Prerequisite: Design Studies Intermediate
Students use skills from previous levels to work on self-selected projects in industrial, architectural, or engineering design. In addition, they will identify a competition of interest in the design field they would like to enter. Students then propose, create, model and present their work using approved industry standard methodologies. Advanced Level Design Studies deals with residential design, industrial design and scale model protyping.


In the Foods program, work is completed using student managed learning courses. Students are expected to complete a unit of work approximately every three to four weeks. Courses include food preparation labs, teacher demonstrations, viewing of audio-visual materials, written activities and research projects. Students work through each course individually and/or with classmates with the teacher as facilitator. Each level of Foods includes five required courses of study, with the opportunity for students to earn extra credits by completing more than the required courses.

Foods Personal Introductory (5 Credits)

Fee: $50.00
Students new to the foods program at Western will begin their foods study from the introductory level of the curriculum. In the foods program, students work through five different courses of cooking (each worth 1 credit). The courses include: Food basics (prerequisite course), contemporary baking, snacks and appetizers, vegetables and fruit, milk products and egg cookery. Students will apply learned knowledge on food safety and sanitation to each lab to create beautiful tasty treats such as: pizza, meatballs, ratatouille, crème brulee, sushi, cupcakes and much more.

Foods Personal Intermediate (5 Credits)

Prerequisite: Foods Personal Intro
Fee: $50.00

Students will continue their study of food and food preparation at the intermediate level. The five courses of study include: soups and sauces, creative cold foods, bread products, cake and pastry, and fish and poultry. In these courses students will make sweet and savory items such as: stuffed chicken, pasta salad, broccoli cheddar soup, beignets, buttertarts and much more.

Foods Personal Advanced (5 Credits)

Prerequisite: Foods Personal Inter
Fee: $50.00

Students will build upon the previous two levels of courses to broaden their skills. They will make new and more advanced recipes in each of the five courses of study: food presentation, advanced meat cookery, advanced soups and sauces, yeast products and regional cuisine. Recipes for these courses include: croissant, French onion soup, pot roast, vol-au vent, lava cake and much more.


Robotics is a forward-looking and exciting program that incorporates robotics and computer programming with theory, practical hands-on challenges and experience. Students build and design several different robots using circuit board fabrication and platforms such as Lego Mindstorms, VEX Robotics and Arduino.

Robotics Intermediate (5 Credits)

Prerequisite: Robotics Intro and Computing Sci 10
Fee: $35.00

Robotics Intermediate focuses on building and design of robots and also integrates fabrication and design of printed circuit boards. Students are introduced to a variety of sensors including; gyroscopic, ultrasonic distance sensors, shaft encoders. Students incorporate these sensors into custom robot designs using two main robotics/electronics platforms which are Arduino and Vex Robotics. Programming for the robots is performed in Robot C and students develop code for autonomous and remote control robot designs. Students work on a variety of robot designs and challenges including robots that can play soccer, navigate mazes, drive through obstacle courses and even climb stairs! Overall the course is exciting and is a hands on experience, the students are working with their robots and equipment every day of the course.

Robotics Advanced (5 Credits)

Prerequisite: Robotics Intermediate
Fee: $35.00
Robotics 3 focuses on design of robots and allows students to further develop their knowledge and skills regarding programming, robot design and subsystems using platforms such as VEX and Arduino. Students also design, program and construct other robots and custom electronics projects.

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