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CTS Courses

Construction and Fabrication Studies

Construction Technology 10, 20, 30

Students selecting modules in this course sequence have an opportunity to investigate and develop skills and attitudes related to the design, construction, and maintenance of houses. Areas of study include safety, use of the wood lathe, and construction of cabinets and furniture. A $25 shop fee is assessed for this course and students are required to pay for all projects over and above this fee.

Fabrication Studies 10, 20, 30

The goal of this sequence of courses is to provide students with an opportunity to choose from a variety of 25-hour modules in the areas of fabrication and design. Areas of study include safety, woodworking, metalworking, machining, and welding. A shop fee is assessed for Fabrication courses and students doing specialized projects may be assessed an additional materials charge.

Digital Media

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Digital Media 10, 20, 30

Digital Media is a series of 10, 20, and 30-level CTS courses focused in a variety of areas of study; Graphic Design, Photography, 2D and 3D Animation, Web Development, Audio Production, Video Production, Digital Art, UI/UX Design, and more! Due to the module-based structure of the class, Digital Media offers ample opportunity for senior students to design, create, and execute their own project ideas. 

Digital Media is a largely project-based course rooted in design theory and project development. Students are required to complete two mandatory modules (Visual Composition & Graphics Tools) before choosing their own project work - it is expected students complete a minimum of 5 modules per semester. 

Mandatory modules: 

Visual Composition (COM1005) - Students will learn to employ fundamental elements and principles of design and gain a strong foundational multidisciplinary experience in preparation for upcoming modules. 

Graphics Tools (COM1035) - Students are introduced to the basics of computer graphics (vector and raster), and the foundational skills for Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. 

Digital Media students will have access to the entire Adobe suite while on campus at Chinook High School, this is made possible through a $15 school fee for the semester-long course. 

(Note: 5 30-level credits in Digital Media are approved as a 5th course requirement at the University of Lethbridge)

For more information, the course syllabus can be located here.

Fashion Studies

Fashion Studies 10, 20, 30

Fashion Studies is not just about sewing, it is about creativity, design, and inspiration.  When you register in Fashion Studies you will be introduced to many other different elements of fashion like drafting textile science, technology, the world of designers, illustration, business, upcycling, outerwear, active wear, textile art, knitting/crochet, and more. The courses offered will help you develop important life skills that can transfer to other disciplines or lead to a career in a dynamic and exciting industry.

Students work independently on their choice of projects. After completing two required modules, you can earn as many credits as you can by studying the strand of Fashion Studies that you interests you most. Remember that Fashion Studies is not just for girls, but for all genders. There are exciting projects available for everyone! 

There are a total 47 courses that students can select from in all strands of interest.  Here are just some of the courses that Fashion Studies offers:

  • Fashion & Design – Fashion Illustration, Couture, Creating Accessories, Creative Costuming, Cultural Fashion

  • Fashion Fabrics and Production – Sewing Fundamentals and Construction, Textiles and Their Care, Draping, Pattern Drafting, Speciality Fabrics, Active wear, Knitwear, Outdoor Clothing, Creating Home Décor, Textiles Arts, Surface Embellishment, Digital Embroidery

  • Fashion and Promotion - Fashion Dynamics, Fashion Retailing, Fashion Merchandising

  • Fashion & History - Theatrical Costuming, Evolution of Fashion, Cultural Fashion


Fashion Studies 9

Fashion Studies is not just about sewing, it also includes learning about textile arts, like knitting or crocheting, or fashion design and illustration and textile fibres.  In this level students are introduced to the basic sewing principles, sewing machine, ironing, sewing tools and practices.  Students have a choice of sewing projects and work independently.

Fashion Studies is not just for girls, boys need to learn how to operate a sewing machine and sew, too. There is lots of opportunity to learn new skills in Fashion Studies, so come and try it.

Financial Management

Financial Management 10, 20, 30

Financial Management is a series of 10, 20, and 30-level CTS courses focused on personal financial information, personal taxation, investment planning, and accounting. Students will work directly with a variety of apps and software to learn the basics of budgeting, how to use SimpleTax/Wealthsimple Tax, Robo-Advisors, and more! A six-week investment challenge is also organized for students to explore their interests in various index funds and ETFs. The course is broken down into modules, which will be completed in order. Each module is worth one credit, and it is expected that 5-6 of these modules will be completed in a semester. A series of mandatory modules must be completed in a student's first semester: 

Financial Management (1st semester): 

FIN 1010 - Personal Financial Info 

FIN 2060 - Personal Taxation 

FIN 3080 - Personal Investment Planning 

FIN 1015 - Accounting Prep 

FIN 1020 - Accounting Cycle 1 

Students who choose to pursue Financial Management for a 2nd or 3rd semester will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of intermediate/advanced accounting modules, or develop personal learning projects in the Financial Management area of their choice. 

For more information, the course syllabus can be located here

Food Studies

Food Studies 10, 20, 30

This course sequence enables students to develop a broad interest in foods in such a way that they are motivated to continue practicing and learning about food.  Students will cultivate their individual talents and interests through the study of Food Basics, Contemporary Baking, Meal Planning I, Fast & Convenience Foods, Snacks & Appetizers and Canadian Heritage Foods.

Food Studies 9

Students are introduced to the basics of food preparation and sanitation in Food Studies 9.  Students develop knowledge, skills and attitudes through the preparation of a variety of foods to promote an interest in a culinary career or life skills.  There are three courses that are studied in this level, Food Beginnings, Simple Snacks and Canadian Heritage Foods.


Legal Studies

Legal Studies 20-30

Legal Studies 20-30 allows students to explore modules that focus on public law (the legal relationship between the government and the citizen) and private law (the legal relationships between individuals).  Students will become familiar with the influence, impact and complexities of these laws in their daily lives.  The goal is for students to complete 3 modules at the 20 level and 3 at the 30 level.

Sports Performance

Sports Performance 10/20/30

The Sports Performance program at Chinook enables students to explore the world of athletics from a variety of perspectives, including anatomy and physiology, sport psychology, nutrition, as well as an emphasis on physical training. Other points of emphasis include biomechanics and the social contexts of sport.