WHAT PATHS?

PATHWAYS

Visual Arts,

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!

Animation

For the student looking to explore the art of the moving image, and to learn how to master the tools needed to articulate a creative vision, whether using film, animation, installations, interactive media or a combination.

Potential Majors

CONCENTRATION IN
Interior Design

Students pursuing interior design analyze design challenges of a complex nature. Issues of graphic communication, project analysis, programming, space planning, design and selection of interior components are presented in a logical sequence. Instruction emphasizes the three-dimensional possibilities of sculpting interior space, from conceptual ideas.

Potential Majors

CONCENTRATION IN
Performing Arts

For the student interested in maximizing their talents in their respective craft. Potential careers involve: Actor, Musician, Musical Theater Performer, Dancer, Theatre Director

Potential Majors

CONCENTRATION IN
Architectural Design

For the student seeking to design, plan, manage, build and maintain environments. Potential careers involve: CAD drafting, Architectural Technology, Interior Design, Exhibit Design, Set Design, Interior Decoration

Potential Majors

CONCENTRATION IN
Communication Design

For the student pursuing design across a wide variety of media, designing communications that function effectively within complex webs of interactions between people, products, and environments. Potential careers involve: Graphic Design, Brand Communication, Industrial Design, Product Design, UX/UI Design

Potential Majors

CONCENTRATION IN
Storytelling, Directing & Editing

For our creative thinkers that seek to become future storytellers and story creators. Potential careers involve: Film and Video Editing, Screenwriting, Producers and Directors, Sound Design, Journalism, Communication, Production, Photography

Potential Majors

CONCENTRATION IN
Multimedia Design & Cinematography

For students who see themselves as visual creators in the film industry or in business settings. Potential careers involve: Motion Design, Video Graphics, Special Effects, Cinematography, Animation, Computer Graphics

Potential Majors

CONCENTRATION IN
 
 

ROADMAPS

 

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.

Alica Kaufman
Class of 2010
UI/UX Designer
Communications, University of San Francisco
Minju Kim
Class of 2020
Undergraduate student
Communication Design, Washington University St. Louis
Ivan Marcelo
Class of 2019
Undergraduate student
Music Technology, New York University
Valeria Vazquez
Class of 2019
Undergraduate student
Combined Journalism & Media Screen Studies, Northeastern University
Davielle Boon
Class of 2010
Integrated Producer & Voiceover Actor
English Literature, UC Berkeley & Cambridge University
Alyssa Ngo
Class of 2020
Undergraduate student
Communications, USC
Victoria Ho
Class of 2018
Undergraduate student
Dance Theater, American Musical and Dramatic Academy
Matt Reyes
Class of 2020
Undergraduate student
Graphic/Multimedia Design, College of the Canyons
Megan Schneider
Class of 2015
Post Production at Marvel Studios
International Relations & Film Studies, Claremont McKenna College
Sophia Davies
Class of 2019
Undergraduate student
Film/Television Screenwriter, USC
Connor Modugno
Class of 2018
Undergraduate student
Music Industry, Northeastern University
Euan Ramos
Class of 2020
Undergraduate student
Cinematography, New York University
 

COURSEWORK

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!

CAWT 140

Survey of Microsoft Office Programs

Examines operating systems, Microsoft Office, word processing, spreadsheet analysis, database management, presentation software, and the application of information technologies to organizational settings.

Professors/Instructors

COMS 105

Fundamentals of Public Speaking

Examines the principles and practices of public speaking, communication theory, and techniques for public speaking. Includes speech organization, development, research, audience analysis, reasoning, and presentation skills for the development of informative and persuasive speeches.

Professors/Instructors

MATH 140

Statistics

Examines statistical methods including empirical and theoretical frequency distributions, sampling, estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation, regression, probability, counting techniques and computer-based statistical software.

Professors/Instructors

MATH 104

Precalculus

Analyzes equations, inequalities, functions, systems of equations, conic sections, zeros of polynomial equations and additional topics in preparation for calculus.

Professors/Instructors

MATH 102

Trigonometry

Examines trigonometric functions, identities, and equations, along with solutions of triangles, complex numbers, vectors, and applications.

Professors/Instructors

GMD 142

Digital Illustration

Introduces digital illustration for graphic design using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. Topics include: book, editorial and package design.

Professors/Instructors

MUSIC 131

Keyboard Instruction I

First of two levels of keyboarding, focusing on introductory skills. Emphasizes instruction in elementary music-reading, repertoire, piano technique, tone production, sight-reading, keyboard harmony, and performance styles.

Professors/Instructors

Lee, L.

MUSIC 107

History of Rock & Roll

Explores the rise of rock and roll as a modern musical genre and examines its place in modern society.

Professors/Instructors

Macpherson, W.

MUSIC 106

Development of Jazz

*CHECK COURSE CATALOG*

Professors/Instructors

MUSIC 100

Fundamentals of Music

Introduces the elements of music and musical notation; music reading and sight-singing; scales and intervals.

Professors/Instructors

Rios, L., Lawson, J.

ARCHT 260

3D CAD for Modeling/Animation

Presents advanced computer-aided drafting (CAD) features to create three-dimensional conceptual drawings. (prereq: Archt 084 or 160)

Professors/Instructors

Flores, O.

ARCHT 160

2D CAD for Architecture & Interior Design

Presents drawing and editing commands and procedures to complete basic 2-D CAD drawings for an architectural set of construction documents.

Professors/Instructors

Oliver, J.

 
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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.

AA Degrees

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.

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