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Visual Communications

Are you motivated by strong graphic design? Do you enjoy designing your own commercials, videos, digital posters or brochures?

The Visual Communications Academy, which contains two pathways - Graphic Design and Animation - is designed for students with an interest in the elements of design and techniques related to the field of visual communications. Students in both pathways have the opportunity to combine creative abilities with technical skills and knowledge and develop skills in problem solving, team building, collaboration, portfolio development and artistic promotions.

Electives

Students interested in the Visual Communications industry may also consider enrolling in Art II, Photography, and/or Physics.

Prerequisite

  • Art I

Certifications

Students in the Visual Communications pathway have the opportunity to complete PrintEd certification.

College Credit

Students who successfully complete the Visual Communications Academy program sequence, with a grade of B or higher in academy courses, may be eligible for credits at Howard Community College.

Pathway Options

Graphic Design Pathway

Emphasizes publication design, web design and other digital design, such as illustration, digital imaging and videography.

Students must complete at least 6-8 hours of work-site experience per week (students must provide their own transportation) and attend weekly senior seminars at the Applications and Research Lab OR daily attendance at the Applications and Research Lab.

Animation Pathway

Emphasizes architectural, mechanical, and forensic modeling techniques and demonstrates how these techniques can be applied to the entertainment and videography industries.

Successful Academy Students:

  • Maintain a C average in all academy coursework.

Senior Level Coursework Requirements:

  • Choose a “real world” problem to research
  • Maintain and submit a journal and portfolio of senior work

Suggested Course Schedule

Below is a suggested high school course schedule for students interested in the Visual Communications Academy
Grade Level Course 1 Course 2 Course 3 Course 4 Course 5 Course 6 Course 7
Ninth Grade English required Mathematics required Science required Social Studies required Fitness & Health required Technology Education required Elective available
Tenth Grade English required Mathematics required Science required Social Studies required Art I 6000 Elective available Elective available
Eleventh Grade English required Mathematics required Science required Social Studies required Elective available Graphic Design I G/T 845M or Animation and Interactive Media I 81001
Twelfth Grade English required Mathematics required Elective available Elective available Advanced Graphic Design G/T 849M or Animation and Interactive Media 81101