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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Technological Education


The Goals of Technological Education

The fundamental purpose of the technological education program is to provide students with knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enhance their ability to achieve success in secondary school, the workplace, postsecondary education or training, and daily life.


The goals of the technological education curriculum are to enable students to:

  • gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts underlying technological education;
  • achieve the level of technological competence they will need in order to succeed in their postsecondary education or training programs or in the workplace;
  • develop a creative and flexible approach to problem solving that will help them address challenges in various areas throughout their lives;
  • develop the skills, including critical thinking skills, and the knowledge of strategies required to do research, conduct inquiries, and communicate findings accurately, ethically, and effectively;
  • develop lifelong learning habits that will help them adapt to technological advances in the changing workplace and world;
  • make connections that will help them take advantage of potential postsecondary educational and work opportunities.


Communications Technology 

At Notre Dame, our Communications Technology classes explore on various disciplines such as Graphic Design, Animation, Photography,  Audio, Film/Video and Web Development. Students work with state-of-the-art equipment ranging from Apple iMacs to HD DSLR cameras and industry standard software such as Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut Pro.


Students will use Adobe Flash CS6 for 2D animations and web advertisements, and Adobe After Effects CS6 for motion graphics and special effects. 


Graphic Design
Students working in Graphic Design employ a variety of techniques and software. Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign are some of the software used to design cartoon characters, iPhone apps, brochures, posters etc. The world of design is constantly evolving and can be found in every facet of our everyday lives.

Film and Video
Students working in Film and Video develop a thorough understanding of cinematic and narrative storytelling techniques. Working with full 1080p 24f high definition cameras and professional non-linear editing equipment, students create music videos, commercials and public service announcements.
Students will learn how to properly  frame, compose and expose images. They will also learn manual operation techniques to achieve beautiful photographs. Students explore areas such as fashion photography, photo-journalism and ethical use of photography in advertising. Students also learn digital manipulation techniques using Adobe Photoshop.


Technological Design



We offer a unique Fashion-focused emphasis course in Technological Design where students learn how to use the design process to create original garments, develop skills in pattern-drafting and sewing, as well as fashion illustration and technical design using industry-standard tools and techniques. Students explore the fashion industry and related careers as well as the global impact of fashion from a business as well as an environmental perspective. Students also develop skills in fashion communication and learn about marketing as it relates to the apparel industry. Students have various experiential learning opportunities such as visiting design exhibitions, attending fashion shows and participating in workshops. Notre Dame is proud to host a year-end fashion show produced by students to showcase the work of the fashion students.