Arts, A/V Technology, & Communications

Broadly, individuals that work in the AV communications industry manufacture, sell, rent, design, install, integrate, operate, and repair the equipment of audiovisual communications. They are involved in the presentation of sound, video, and data to groups in such venues as corporate boardrooms, hotels, convention centers, classrooms, theme parks, stadiums, and museums. The major activity sectors in the AV communications industry are distributive service firms (AV dealers, rental companies, consultants, designers, and related firms), manufacturers of AV presentations and communications products, and large end-users.

Most observers expect the job growth rate within AV industries to be at 20-30 percent for the foreseeable future. In just the AV systems technician field, the industry could expect to add 20,600 jobs annually.

2014-15 Programs of Study

Printing Graphics

Printing Graphics prepares students for employment and/or entry into postsecondary education in the printing industry. Students study principles of design, digital image preparation, image assembly/platemaking, press operation, finishing and bindery operations, book image layout, basic accounting for the printing industry, project management and budgeting, and graphic communications knowledge in a project-learning setting. Upon completion of this POS, students will be positioned to advance in graphic design, digital imaging, and related graphic communications fields.

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Design Communications

The Design Communications program of study is for students interested in pursuing careers as multimedia artists, animators, graphic designers, and communications specialists. Course content in this POS is designed to develop strong knowledge in communications technologies, animation and software applications, digital graphics, motion graphics, and more for a broad range of business and industry applications. Students will leverage digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information, and apply design skills in the communication of materials as they would for an organization or company. Upon completion of this POS, students will be prepared to pursue advanced study in graphic design or communications, or seek entry-level employment with such organizations.

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Audio Production

Audio Production is designed for students interested in becoming broadcast and sound engineering technicians and related occupations in audio production. In this program of study, students develop skills to conduct complete recording sessions and perform mix-down, mastering, and other post-production techniques. They also gain knowledge of the business behind the music industry in addition to developing the ability to mix audio in both live performance and studio settings. Upon completion of this POS, students will be prepared to enter postsecondary study or entry-level employment in audio engineering, audio broadcast production, music business, and more.

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Journalism & Broadcasting

The Journalism and Broadcasting program of study is designed for students interested in a range of entertainment and news media fields. Course content centers on production of various broadcasting products, including commercials, music, news, and interactive programming. Students gain insight into the many facets of broadcast production, including but not limited to concept creation, scripting, sound design, visual design, engineering, editing, budgeting, and producing, as well as cameras, lights, sound, and set design. Upon completion of this POS, students will be prepared to seek employment or advanced training as a copywriter, art director, designer, journalist, and many other careers in entertainment and media.

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Fashion Design

Fashion Design prepares students for further education and careers in the fashion industry. In addition to learning skills and knowledge related to the elements and principles of design, apparel manufacture and merchandising, basic marketing and product promotion, trend forecasting, and presentation, students complete a capstone project during which they design an original fashion line and create artifacts to include in a professional portfolio. Upon completion of this POS, students will be prepared for postsecondary study and careers in fashion design and fashion merchandising.

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Courses for Elective Credit

2015-16 Programs of Study


Last Update: March 9, 2015