Students with artistic drawing talent will develop essential art skills needed to work in the professional art field and prepare to enter any art college after graduation. They will focus on building a strong professional art portfolio. Students regularly participate in hands-on experiences exploring various art techniques and state-of-the-art computer programs used in art agencies today including InDesign, QuarkXPress, Illustrator and Photoshop. Design students are educated in a professional studio environment and develop 21st century work habits.
Upon graduation, students are employable as:
- Digital Artist/Illustrator
- Animation Artist
- Children’s Book Illustrator
- Artist/Graphic Designer
- Game Designer/Illustrator
- Web Page Designer/Artist
- Fashion Illustrator
- Collateral Artist
- Medical Illustrator
DESIGN AND VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS GRADUATES HAVE BEEN EMPLOYED BY THE FOLLOWING COMPANIES:
- Mystic Design, Boston, MA
- Signs by Tomorrow, Woburn, MA
COLLEGE ARTICULATION AGREEMENTS:
- The New England Institute of Art, Brookline, MA
- Boston University’s Center for Digital Imaging Arts, Boston MA
RECENT GRADUATES FROM THE DESIGN AND VISUAL COMMUNICATIONS PROGRAM ARE ENROLLED IN:
- The New England Institute of Art, Brookline, MA
- Lesley University, Boston, MA
- Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, MA
- Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA
- Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA
POST – GRADUATE LICENSES, CERTIFICATIONS, & AFFLIATIONS/ PROGRAMS:
- Graphic Design Certification
GRADE 9 EXPLORATORY – COURSE #DVX 1 CREDIT
Students in this program will learn introductory knowledge of studio safety and basic Design and Visual communications projects. Some of the projects the students will be expected to complete include; creating an advertisement and creating two pieces artwork for a children’s book. They will also be exposed to basic photography and Photoshop techniques.
GRADE 9 SHOP – COURSE #DVXF-16 10 CREDITS
Students begin to develop their artistic talents by completing a number of assignments using both freehand drawing and computer based programs such as InDesign, QuarkXpress, Illustrator and Photoshop.
GRADE 10 SHOP – COURSE #DV2 20 CREDITS
Students will develop a variety of art and design skills in their sophomore year. Drawing books will be issued with specific quarterly assignments to promote critical visual problem solving skills. Students study color theory through the use of watercolor, gouache, pastels, and prism color pencils and markers. Typography and practical implementation of design theory, as well as digital and reflective illustrations allows the Design students to work on a variety of graphic design projects and train on up-to-date, industry relevant-software. Students are introduced to preparing, maintaining, critiquing and editing their own professional artist portfolio.
GRADE 10 RELATED – COURSE# DV2R 5 CREDITS
This course is the first of three related courses needed to complete the Design and Visual Communications competences and graduate with a certificate in the field. Students will be introduced topics including but not limited to color theory, photography, digital art, desktop publishing, web design, animation, typography and painting.
GRADE 11 SHOP – COURSE# DV3 25 CREDITS
Students perform Ad Agency-based assignments such as: Corporate ID New Image Design Presentations, Product Ad Campaigns, TV Ad campaign / story boarding, Product Design presentations, and animated promotional Ads. Comprehensive layout presentations and critical critiques are conducted as an important and real process tool to promote inventive, exciting work. Digital photography and studio product lighting, along with QuarkXPress, Photoshop, Illustrator and Flash Computer Programs are used by the art students to produce finished comprehensive presentations.
GRADE 11 RELATED – COURSE #DV3R 5 CREDITS
This course is the second of three related courses needed to complete the Design and Visual Communications competences and graduate with a certificate in the field. Students will continue their study of the following topics: color theory, photography, and digital art, desktop publishing, web design, animation, typography and painting.
GRADE 12 SHOP – COURSE #DV4 25 CREDITS
Critical study in specific focus areas for portfolio refinement and final review is a requirement. Students experience National Art Portfolio Day. College visits are scheduled and financial aid information is disseminated. Seniors write a college letter-of-intent-essay and design and produce a two-fold promotional mailer. A resume, cover letter, and job search / interview strategy plan will be developed in the senior year.
GRADE 12 RELATED – COURSE #DV4R 5 CREDITS
This course is the third of three related courses needed to complete the Design and Visual Communications competences and graduate with a certificate in the field. Students will be become proficient about the following topics: color theory, photography, and digital art, desktop publishing, web design, animation, typography and painting.