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Painting and Design Technologies

Painting and design technology involves understanding how paint and other treatments interact with surfaces and environmental conditions, and then using this knowledge to beautify indoor and outdoor spaces.

In Painting and Design programs, students receive training and direct experience working with a variety of materials and techniques. Beginning with the study of different pigments, resins, solvents, additives, and wall preparations such as drywalling, students learn to analyze the needs of a project and select the proper materials to accomplish good results. In addition, the Painting and Design curriculum provides opportunities to explore aspects of interior design, architecture, color theory, graphic design, construction, and business.

Some schools offer State-Approved (Chapter-74) programs in Painting and Design Technologies. These programs provide all of the training required to begin entry-level work in the field. Other schools may offer a more condensed version of this training, which has been designed at the local level. This is known as Non-Chapter 74 or "Perkins-Only." Learn more about the difference between State-Approved and Local CTE programs.

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Last Updated: September 14, 2022

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