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Hone Your Digital Media Arts and Communications Skills

We live in an increasingly visual society. Do you love to draw and create? Are you fascinated by imagery, photography and design? Do you dream of turning your love of art and aesthetics into a rewarding professional career? If this sounds like you, then a career in the digital media arts and communications field could be your calling. Encompassing a diverse array of elements, disciplines, and perspectives, this program offers a strong canvas for you to create your own digital media or design career on.

What You'll Learn

From 9th grade upward, enroll in A-G approved courses to start preparing for your career in the digital media arts and communications fields. Classes include:

  • CTE Intro to Digital Media Arts and Communications
  • CTE Con Commercial Digital Media and Design Honors
  • CTE Cap Advanced Digital Media Arts and Communications

What You’ll Do

Take what you’re learning in the classroom into the real world and experience for yourself all that awaits you in the ever-evolving field of digital media arts and communications. Hands-on, immersive experiences include:

  • A broad understanding of design theory and execution
  • Leadership roles and opportunities
  • Tour of local design and advertising businesses
  • Guest speaker visits

Who You Can Be

Kickstart your career path with top-tier academic instruction and industry-leader insights. The Commercial Art Academy program prepares you for potential careers such as:

  • Commercial Artist
  • Studio Artist
  • Art Gallery Professional
  • Graphic Designer
  • Art Director
  • Advertising/Marketing Professional
  • Architect

Industry Average Wages: $52,110

Projected Industry Growth: -4%

What You Need to Know

VUSD’s Commercial Art Academy CTE track prepares students for successful careers in the field of digital media arts and communications. Students (9th grade and up) are introduced to the fundamentals of art and graphic design, becoming intimately familiar with the elements and principles of art and design. Students get a hands-on entry by engaging in the production of original works in multiple media, with a specific focus on digital media arts and communications. More advanced courses, including a CAPSTONE course, evolve the understanding and experience provided to students, who are encouraged to find and express their own artistic voice and style. The program is based at Foothill Technology High School and leads directly to VUSD’s Design, Visual and Media Arts pathway. Students emerge from this program with enhanced skills, insight, confidence and relationships.

College Credits

Get a jump start on your college future by earning college credits and valuable real-world skills you can use for college and career.

2 Year

AA Digital Design - Moorpork College

4 Year

BS Studio Art - CSU Channel Islands