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Courses Available for Visual Arts Pathway Pathway

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    Graphic Design

    Description: Graphic Design courses emphasize design elements and principles in the purposeful arrangement of images and text to communicate a message. They focus on creating art products such as advertisements, product designs, and identity symbols. Graphic Design courses may investigate the computer’s influence on and role in creating contemporary designs and provide a cultural and historical study of master design works of different periods and styles.


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    Computer Applications

    Description: In Computer Applications courses, students acquire knowledge of and experience in the proper and efficient use of previously written software packages. These courses explore a wide range of applications, including (but not limited to) word-processing, spreadsheet, graphics, and database programs, and they may also cover the use of electronic mail and desktop publishing.


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    Project Management and Resource Scheduling

    Description: Project Management courses provide students with the information and skills necessary for success in managing projects and operating logistical ventures in technology, business, and industry. This course covers scheduling of resources (including personnel, budget, timelines, and equipment), utilization of Gantt charts, economic principles within the workplace, and risk management. Other possible topics include developing a business plan, finance, business law, marketing and promotion strategies, insurance employee/employer relations, problem-solving and decision-making, and building leadership skills. These courses may also incorporate a survey of the careers within technology and engineering industries.


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    Community Connections

    Description: Community Connections course provide community based/school based learning experiences mainly within the family and consumer sciences classroom. Learning goals are set by the student, teacher and community partners to create experiences and/or discussions to enhance the development of the 21st century skills (i.e. leadership, empathy, communication, problem solving, cooperation, critical thinking, and resource management) needed to be successful in human services/family and consumer sciences related careers.


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    Career Connections

    Description: Career Connections courses provide human services/family and consumer sciences related work-based learning experiences (paid or unpaid) outside the traditional classroom. Learning goals are set by the student, teacher and employer/adult mentor to create field experiences and/or discussions related to human services/ family and consumer sciences occupational technical skills.


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    Introduction to Drawing

    Description: Introduction to Drawing emphasizes the development of fundamental drawing skills. Focus will be on the application of art theory, processes and techniques that increase the power of observation. Instruction includes the elements and principles of design as applied in composition through hard copy and/or electronic software.


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    Principles of Illustration

    Description: A principle of Illustration explores a variety of media, tools and supports as a means to communicate ideas. Topics include an understanding of illustration as it applicable to careers in graphic design, animation, fashion/textile design, industrial design, web design, architecture, interior design and/or fine arts. Techniques in traditional and digital illustration applications will be explored as directly linked to ever-changing social trends.


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    Graphic Design Fundamentals

    Description: Graphic Design Fundamentals provides a basic understanding of the graphic design process. Topics include analyzing the design elements and principles, exploring industry tools, software and equipment and learning composition techniques to develop a quality product.


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    Photo Imaging

    Description: Photo Imaging teaches the technical skills need to produce quality images for use in a variety of applications. Topics include use of equipment, software and techniques to take, edit and manipulate digital images.