CTE Pathways: Arts, Media, & Entertainment

For the creative, a career in the arts, media or entertainment industries provides an opportunity to make a living that revolves around talents and passions. It can be a competitive field, so getting a head start in growing and honing skills is key. Using industry-standard tools and professional techniques, students will finish their courses ready to join the workforce or take their next education steps.

Graphic Design Pathway

Put your artistic talents to work with a career in graphic design. Learn the fundamentals of design and typography and how to utilize those principles using industry-standard software. Design logos, illustrations, ad campaigns and more. Discover what career path is best for you in the graphic design industry.

Courses

YEAR 1: Graphic Design I
Course Description
Jump into the world of graphic design by gaining experience in the most commonly used tools in the industry. Students will learn the importance of design as a method of communication, the building blocks of art and design, the impact of typography, foundational skills of image retouching and digital illustration creation and relevant design history. By the end of the course, students will build a professional portfolio and understand the different careers available to them before taking the next steps.
YEAR 2: Graphic Design II
Course Description
Move ever closer to a career in graphic design with this advanced capstone course. Growing skills past the basics, students will apply their knowledge in exercises and assignments that build their portfolios. From logo design to branding kits to ad campaigns, students will be eager to update their portfolios at the end of the course. In addition, students will create a plan to earn an industry certification that aligns with their career goals.

For More Information

Contact:

Chris Herrera, Teacher
cherrera@dusd.net

Outcomes

Students who completed the Graphic Design I course receive a certificate for Adobe Illustrator.

Completion of the Graphic Design II course results in a certificate for Adobe Photoshop.

Visual & Commercial Art Pathway

Combine interests in photography and graphic design with a career in visual and commercial art. This pathway provides students with the skills necessary to channel their artistic talents into a career as they learn principles of design and photography while preparing for optional industry-standard software certifications.

student with a professional camera
student with a design program
students collaborating at a computer

Courses

YEAR 1: Digital Imaging
Course Description
Explore a career in visual arts by discovering the theories, processes and tools used in multimedia design. The course explores photography, graphic design, typography and designs for publications. Students will create a professional portfolio and practice interview techniques. The course will prepare students to take an optional Adobe Certified Professional: Visual Design using Photoshop certification test.
YEAR 2: Advanced Digital Photography
Course Description
This year-long course builds upon what students learned in Intermedia Media Arts, combining digital photography with graphic design. Students will analyze what makes an image fine art, learn how to use the manual controls of a camera, practice photography styles and build upon their portfolios. The course will prepare students to take an optional Adobe Certified Professional: Graphic Design & Illustration using Adobe Illustrator certification test.

For More Information

Contact:

Ronda Cordova, Teacher
rcordova@dusd.net

Outcomes

Completion of the Digital Imaging I course results in a certificate for Adobe Photoshop.
Students who completed the Advanced Digital Photography course receive a certificate for Adobe Illustrator.

Photography Pathway

Courses

YEAR 1: Photography 1/2

YEAR 2: Photography 3/4

For More Information

Contact:

Michelle Napoli, Teacher
mnaploi@dusd.net

Outcomes

Completion of the Digital Imaging I course results in a certificate for Adobe Photoshop.

Dance & Choreography Pathway

Whether the end goal is a career as a professional dancer, instructor or choreographer, it all starts with dance itself. Students will study and perform across all genres of dance and discover what it takes to be a professional in the field.

Courses

YEAR 1: Dance I: Introduction to Dance/Choreography
Course Description

Students will explore a variety of dance styles, including jazz, ballet, tap, modern and contemporary. They’ll learn proper techniques and practices, from warm-ups to basic ballet positions to styles of movement. By the end of the course, students will choreograph their own dance in groups and perform for their peers.

YEAR 2: Dance II: Intermediate Dance/Choreography
Course Description
Students who have at least one year of formal dance training under their belt will refine those skills in Dance II. The course will teach students how to increase their strength and technique through practicing proper alignment and posture, knowledge of their major muscle groups and injury prevention, telling stories with their movements and exploring dance history. Towards the end of the course, students will perform in front of a live audience and participate in mock auditions.

YEAR 3: Dance Ensemble

Course Description
After completing Dance I and Dance II, students will apply their knowledge to project-based performances for live, film and video productions. Students will continue to prepare for auditions and grow their portfolios while learning business skills and developing a professional career plan. To cap off their dance knowledge, students will manage a personal training routine, more clearly use emotional and dramatic intent in their movements and understand the reality of competition and the dedication required of professional dancers.

For More Information

Contact:

Leslie Patterson, Teacher
lpatterson@dusd.net

Outcomes

Students who complete Dance I receive a Red Cross certificate in workplace safety.

Multimedia Production Pathway

Step into the commercial side of video production. Students will gain experience writing scripts, planning shoots, filming and editing, with a focus on multimedia production. By the end of the courses, students should be able to effectively manage a video project from start to finish.

student behind a camera
students producing a film
post production film editing

Courses

YEAR 1: Multimedia Video Production
Course Description

In this hands-on course, students learn how to plan, shoot and edit a video using Adobe Premiere Pro. In addition, the course covers a five-step design process, camera fundamentals and how to make a professional portfolio.

YEAR 2: Multimedia Video Production Capstone
Course Description
Students will grow their artistic design and writing skills as they produce video projects in a variety of styles, from documentaries to commercials to music videos. The course will teach students how to safely handle video equipment, the elements that make up different video styles and how to showcase their work.

For More Information

Contact:

Nathan Harris, Teacher
nharris@dusd.net

Outcomes

Students who complete Multimedia Video Production receive an Adobe certificate for Premier Pro.

Learn More: CTE Pathways at DHS

Each CTE Pathway is industry-focused and usually consists of 2-3 courses. The last course in the pathway is the capstone. When students complete a course they may receive college credit or receive an industry certificate. Click on each industry below to see details about the courses and outcomes.

Graphic design

Graphic Design

Commercial art

Visual & Commercial Arts

Dance

Dance & Choreography

 multimedia

Multimedia

Education

Education

Engineering

Engineering

Auto repair

Systems Diagnostic & Repair

Biotechnology

Biotechnology

Medical symbols

Patient Care

Food science

Food Science

Computer games

Game Programming

Manufacturing

Machining & Forming

welding

Welding