A Visual Communication career encompasses website design and development, video production, art, illustration and graphic design. These designers create meaningful messages with compelling images for a variety of outlets. Career paths vary greatly, allowing professionals to explore a wide range of job options. It’s an exciting, competitive industry where creative minds flourish in dynamic environments.
Visual Communications is a unique class in that it is an art class where you produce projects using the i mac computer. Students will use industry standard software such as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Keynote and InDesign. Along with becoming competent in all programs, students will become involved in the creative process, research, analysis, and application of historic and contemporary artists’ styles. This course integrates the California Career Technical Education Model Curriculum Standards, which are aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Course instruction emphasizes career ready behaviors in communication, ethics, interpersonal/team skills, critical-thinking and problem solving, safety, technology, and employability skills. This is a year-long class and gives elective credits while also meeting the UC Visual and Performing Arts (“f”) admission requirement. In Visual Communications you become the designer in this project based class. All 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students are welcome.
Students will create a digital portfolio that contains a compulation of all artwork created in class. The portfolio can help students as they enter into art school or other fields of the creative industry. Each student’s portfolio will always be available to them, even after graduation, as they are displayed on your own webpage.