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Career Technical Education

Design and Visual Communications

Visual design is everywhere—providing a "look and feel" for websites, posters and signs, book covers and product packaging to name a few.

Design and Visual Communication programs help students refine their artistic talents while mastering many of the technical softwares used in creative fields such as advertising, publishing, fine arts, and entertainment. Students spend most of their time creating visual work using industry-standard software. Topics covered include Design Elements and Principles, Color Theory, Typography, Digital Photography and design softwares.

Some schools offer State-Approved (Chapter-74) programs in Design and Visual Communications. 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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More Information: Program Overview (PDF)

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Last Updated: September 14, 2022

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