Arts, A/V Technology and Communications Courses

Arts and Communications ICON100The Arts, A/V Technology and Communications career cluster is about flexing your creativity, design, writing, performing, and multimedia skills.  Prepare for careers from graphic design to broadcast journalism through a focus on advanced technologies used in venues including corporate boardrooms, hotels and convention centers, classrooms, and museums.

itshere200Technical writers, also called technical communicators, are responsible for helping others understand complex technical information or how to use technology products and their employment is expected to increase. Growth and changes in technology and electronics in the home and workplace will increase demand for technical writers. Photographers should see job prospects grow. Self-employed photographers will increase due to demands from individuals wishing to have portraits taken and corporations seeking photographs for marketing materials. Career prospects for producers and directors are expected to increase as a result of new content delivery methods – such as watching TV online or on a mobile device – and the popularity of reality television.

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Middle School Courses

  1. Introduction to Game Design and Coding: #8400
  2. Multimedia Graphic Design: #IB6632

High School Courses

  1. Graphic Communications I & II: 8660, #8661 (ACE)
  2. Radio Broadcasting & Journalism: I & II: #8640, #8641 (ACE)
  3. TV Media Production I&II Course No. #8688, #8689 (ACE)
  4. Game Design & Web Development I&II: #6680, #6681 (ACE)
  5. Advanced Drafting & Design: #8438
  6. Architectural Drawing/Design/CAD: #8437
  7. Communication Systems: #8415
  8. Digital Visualization: #8459
  9. Imaging Technology: #8455
  10. Creative Fashion (Intro to Fashion Careers): #8248
  11. Introduction to Interior Design: #8254
  12. Introduction to Photography: #8474
  13. Photography (Imaging Technology): #8455
  14. Introduction to Photography: #8474
  15. Video & Media Technology: #8497

Do You Like To…

  • Communicate effectively with others?
  • Organize, plan and multi-task?
  • Pay attention to detail?
  • Practice leadership skills?
  • Use your math skills proficiently?

Sample Careers

  • Graphic Designers
  • Lighting Technicians
  • Publicity Directors
  • Cutters/Fitters/Seamstress
  • Fine Artists
  • Photographers
  • Special Effects Coordinators
  • Videographers
  • Camera Operators
  • Animators
  • Sound Technicians
  • Make-Up Artists
  • Sign Painters
  • Audio and Video Technology and Film
  • Broadcasting and Journalism
  • Performing Arts
  • Printing Technology
  • Telecommunications

High school certifications, licenses and related college majors:

High School/Industry CertificationsCertificate/LicenseCollege Degree Examples
Introduction to Graphic Communications
Art, Art Education and Art History
Audio-Radio ProductionCinematography and Film/Video Production
CIW: Site Development Associate ExamCreative Writing
MTA: Software DevelopmentDigital Communications and Media/Multimedia
PhotographyGraphic Design
All CTE trade and industry classes offer the Workplace Readiness Skills Test

In Demand Careers

Education NeededOccupationMedian SalaryJob Growth
Over next 10 years
Job Openings
Projected over next 10 years
Associates DegreeBroadcast and Sound Engineering Technicians$45,510 per year9% (Much faster than average)13,200
Degree or more
Technical Writers$72,850 per year7% (Faster than average)4,300
Degree or more
Producers and Directors$74,420 per year10% (Much faster than average)16,000
Degree or more
Multimedia Artists and Animators$75,270 per year4% (As fast as average)2,800
Degree or more
Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators$59,810 per year18% (Much faster than average)12,400

Student Leadership Organizations
The Technology Student Association (TSA) enhances personal development, leadership, and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), whereby members apply and integrate these concepts through intra-curricular activities, competitions, and related programs.

Work-Based Learning
Work-Based Learning (WBL) is comprised of experiences related to students’ career interests, based on instructional preparation, and undertaken in partnership with local businesses or organizations. WBL enables students to apply classroom instruction in a real-world work environment. Work-Based Learning promotes Career Awareness, Career Exploration, and Career Preparation.

Career Ambassadors
The Career Ambassador Program offers high school seniors an opportunity to represent and share their experiences with career exploration and our CTE programs to prospective students and community supporters through elementary school Career Fairs, middle school Career Clubs, and district-wide events.