• Art & Design Career Skills

    This course allows students to explore and perfect skills in various art media, use professional quality art materials, work on Macintosh computers and tablets, and learn the Adobe Creative Suites programs including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Students will attend trips to art exhibitions and performances, design firms and school of art tours. Students will research various post-secondary programs and careers in commercial art and design, which may include animation, digital art, fashion design, graphic design, interior design, photography, printmaking, visual art and more. Designers working in the industry, as well as representatives from post-secondary institutions will visit the classroom to consult with students. Students will create a resume, assemble a professional portfolio and attend a portfolio review in preparation for college admissions and internships. This class may be taken for multiple years.

    Credits & Certifications

    • 2nd World Language Credit
    • 3rd Science Credit
    • 4th Related Math Credit
    • Visual Performing & Applied Arts Credit
    • Early/Middle College Eligible
    • College Credit: Baker College, Davenport University, Ferris State University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College

    Eligibility & Prerequisites

    • This course is available to 9th-12th grade students
    • Professional dress code expected during presentations

    Career Opportunities

    • Animator
    • Art Teacher
    • Graphic Designer
    • Fashion Designer


    "This class has challenged me to be my best self as an artist, go out of my comfort zone and try new things.— Mariah Crenshaw, Kalamazoo Central High School