Design - Home Economics (ADST)

Home Economics courses fit under the Applied Design, Skills and Technologies curriculum. 

Home Economics 8

This course serves as an introduction to both textiles and home cooking. In the textiles portion, students will explore basic elements of design, as well as develop practical sewing skills both by hand and on a sewing machine. In the foods portion, students will learn about kitchen safety and sanitation, basic elements of nutrition, as well as develop practical food preparation skills through a variety of food labs. This hands-on course will provide students with the introductory skills necessary for future pursuits in textiles and foods courses, as well as home living. This is a half-semester course. All students take the Home Economics and Technology Education Wheel. 


Food Studies 9 

This course will focus on developing knowledge and practical skill sets in food preparation and basic meal planning. Students working in cooperative groups will explore elements of baking and stovetop cooking through a variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes with a focus on the basic elements of nutrition. Students will learn about food safety and sanitation practices, food borne illness and prevention, and the personal, social, and environmental impact of food choices. This course will provide students with practical skill sets for everyday life and expose them to future interests and pursuits related to the food industry.

Food Studies 10

This is an intermediate foods course designed to broaden student’s experiences in cooking techniques and processes. This course extends students’ knowledge of baking and cooking methods with a focus around a variety of global cuisines and food practices. With a continued focus around nutrition, students will explore areas such as recipe modification and ingredient substitutions, local food production and seasonal eating, the function of foods within a healthy diet, and more. Food labs will allow for more student choice and design opportunities that will add to the development of knowledge and practical skills for successful independent living. Recommended Preparation: Food Studies 9.

Food Studies 11

This course is recommended for students with an interest in gourmet cooking and learning about different ingredients and techniques. Students will practice safe preparation techniques while cooking a wide variety of dishes. Topics include food preservation, quick breads, grains, yeast breads, and working with meats and vegetarian alternatives. Nutrition is an integral part of this course as students will take a more in-depth look at the function of macro and micronutrients within a healthy diet. Additionally, students will learn how to modify recipes and select their own recipes within different unit topics.  Recommended Preparation: Food Studies 9 and/or 10.

Baking 11 and 12

This advanced course is designed for students who enjoy baking as a hobby or as a future career. Emphasis will be placed on baking skills, practices, and theory. Students will have the chance to exercise their creativity and artistic skills through exploring a wide variety of recipes and ingredients. Unit topics will include the preparation of breads, pastries, cookies, and cake decorating. Course A and B alternate each school year allowing students to take it consecutive years without repeating curriculum. Recommended Preparation:Food Studies 10 or 11.

Food Studies 12

In this advanced course, students will learn to select recipes and apply cooking principles to prepare healthy dishes and multi-course meals, incorporating presentation, and budgetary considerations. Topics of study include casseroles, soups, convenience foods, cakes and cookies, meats, and vegetarian dishes. Students will look more in-depth into topics such as healthy eating habits, fad diets and precautions, local food systems, and environmental and social impacts of the food industry. Recommended Preparation: Food 9, 10, or 11 (or a combination of the three). 


Fashion & Design Studies 9

In this course, students will learn the safe use of tools in the Textiles lab, the selection and use of commercial patterns, and the basic characteristics of textiles. Students will develop the skills needed to sew pajama pants, a sweatshirt, and a skirt, and projects of their own choice. Students will be introduced to techniques for alterations and repairs, the elements of design, and careers in the Canadian apparel industry.

Fashion & Design Studies 10

This course will further students’ understanding of the use of tools in the Textiles lab, basic alteration of commercial patterns, the progression from fibre to fabric, and the skills needed to sew a zippered hoodie, pants, a dress or dress shirt and projects of the students’ choice. Students will expand their sewing techniques for garment construction, embellishment, alteration, and repair. Theory projects will include the principles of design as well as designers and manufacturers in the Canadian apparel industry. Recommended Preparation: Fashion and Design 9

Fashion and Design Studies 11

This course is designed to improve and expand sewing skills learned in Textile Studies 9 or 10. Students choose their own projects which can include pants/dresses, shirts/jackets, or other coordinated outfits while learning new techniques and becoming more confident with the tools in the textile lab. They will become moreaware of their individual skill levels and will strive to take on new challenging projects. This course provides practical skills for independent living and exposes students to future career opportunities in clothing manufacturing, fashion design, merchandising and wardrobe planning. Recommended Preparation:Fashion and Design Studies 10.

Fashion and Design Studies 12

This advanced course is designed for those students who would like to expand their sewing skills for both personal and career use. The self-challenging curriculum focuses on professionalism, quality, and pride of project construction. Among the units to be covered are specialty fabrics, pattern alteration design, and fashion careers. The choice of projects will be determined by the fabric and pattern that the individualchooses. Recommended Preparation: Fashion and Design Studies 11