Design, & Entertainment
Students that typically pursue Visual Arts and Design focus on careers in designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content including visual and performing arts and design, journalism, and entertainment services. Careers in this pathway require a creative aptitude, a strong background in computer and technology applications, a strong academic foundation, and a proficiency in oral and written communication.
AT A GLANCE
IS THIS YOU?
I appreciate the arts
I like to create new things or ideas
Self-expression is important to me
I work well in unstructured situations
I like to speak and/or perform in front of people
I enjoy being around imaginative individuals.
I am attracted to creativity or cultural expression.
I am independent, original, or innovative.
I like to create things that entertain or inform others.
EXPRESSING MYSELF CREATIVELY
DESIGNING SOMETHING FUNCTIONAL
CREATING TO ENTERTAIN OR INFORM
Explore the Different Possibilities
Check out the specific concentrations within this interest cluster, with information regarding specific careers, as well as potential majors to pursue in college!
Connect with Alumni or a Senior Mentor
Check out how our alumni students and current seniors are pursuing this pathway! Learn about what it takes. To learn more about an alumni's journey, check out their roadmap.
Choosing the Right Courses
Provided here are the COC classes that are recommended for your pathway. You are not required to take all them, so you should talk to your counselor to clarify which classes are right for you. Explore the different possibilities below!
Four-Year Ed Plans
Provided here are ed plans for you to take AOC & COC coursework for specific concentrations within this pathway.
Keep in mind that these ed-plans are subject to change based on your individual needs and preferences.
Many of the ed-plans above do not result in earning an Associate Degree. However, completing one of the ed-plans above will still allow you to complete your IGETC and to transfer several General Ed college credits.
GENERAL ADVICE FOR THIS PATHWAY
For students who are considering applying to an art program, a creative portfolio (required for submission from colleges in visual arts and design) is most often the deciding factor in whether they are accepted. As such, students pursuing this pathway should look into mastering the practical skills relevant to their respective field.
Make sure to document your performances and to keep track of your creative pieces. It is recommended to begin crafting your portfolio in the summer before your junior year.
Show range with your work. If your strong point is graphite, do portraits or landscapes, for instance.