Design - Home Economics (ADST)

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

Food Studies 9

This course will focus on skills in the areas of food preparation and meal planning with an emphasis on nutrition and time management. Students working in cooperative groups prepare a variety of popular foods. The skills and knowledge acquired in this course not only provide students with practical skills for everyday life, but also expose them to future career opportunities in food preparation and the hospitality and tourism industries.


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, as well as projects of the students’ 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


Food Studies 10

This is an intermediate course designed to broaden the student’s experiences in cooking techniques. This course extends students’ knowledge of basic baking and cooking methods and incorporates an International Foods component. This includes learning about different cultures and their culinary practices. A study of eating habits, health issues and diets are an integral part of the course.  Labs allow for more student-led direction and involve practical skills for successful independent living. Recommended Preparation: Food Studies 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 textiles lab. They will become more aware of their individual skill levels and will strive to take on new challenging projects. This course provides practical skills for independent living and also exposes students to future career opportunities in the areas of clothing manufacturing, fashion design, merchandising and wardrobe planning. Recommended Preparation: Fashion and Design Studies 10


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 food safe techniques while cooking and preparing a variety of different dishes. Topics include preservation, quick breads, grains, yeast breads and working with meats and vegetarian alternatives. Nutrition is an integral part of this course. Students will be given the opportunity to plan and select recipes for use in the lab. Recommended Preparation:  Food Studies 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 and practices and theory. Students will have the opportunity to exercise their creativity and artistic skills through the exploration of different types 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


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 individual chooses. Recommended Preparation:  Fashion and Design Studies 11


Food Studies 12

This course is where 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. A study of eating habits, health issues, and diets are an integral part of the course as well as management of time, resources, energy and teamwork. Recommended Preparation:  Food Studies 11