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.
Applications and Research Laboratory (ARL)
10920 Clarksville Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042
Students interested in the Visual Communications industry may also consider enrolling in Art II, Photography, and/or Physics.
- Art I
Students in the Visual Communications pathway have the opportunity to complete PrintEd certification.
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.
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.
Emphasizes architectural, mechanical, and forensic modeling techniques and demonstrates how these techniques can be applied to the entertainment and videography industries.
Suggested Course Schedule
|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|