Art & Design 


The Art and Design Career Academy is a competency based program designed to assure graduating students have demonstrated knowledge and skills essential to graphic design and digital display of data. The combination of skills gained through this training is highly transferrable to technical jobs in many sectors of the economy.

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Job Outlook

Art & Design Job Outlook: Graphic Designers
Art & Design Job Outlook: Commercial & Industrial Designers
Art & Design Job Outlook: Multimedia Artists & Animators


  • Introduction to Graphic Design
  • Introduction to Photoshop
  • Advanced Photoshop
  • College 2D Digital Foundations
  • College Photography and Digital Imaging
  • Work Seminar
  • Real World Experience

Foundational Skills Classes:

Work Seminar, Math Options


  • Art l Drawing 
  • Art l Color & Design
  • Drawing l through CAD
  • Drafting ll through CAD

Fun Facts

  • You can work from anywhere in the world! 
  • Unlike other forms of employment, many graphic designers require very little on-the-job training to get started with their career.
  • The median annual wage for graphic designers was $47,640 (2016).
  • Almost 25% of all graphic designers are self-employed.
  • Working with various types of media as a graphic designer, including web-based applications and traditional printing, will help future employment prospects more than an advanced education within the industry.
  • Employment of graphic designers is projected to grow 5% from 2016 to 2026. Graphic designers are expected to face strong competition for available positions.

Career Options

  • Graphic Design Careers
  • Web Developers - This career is currently in very high demand.
  • Fine Artists

Job Skills:

  • Use creative problem solving skills
  • Time Management
  • Manage Tools and Equipment
  • Original Thought and Creativity
  • Analyze needs and requirements when designing products

Academic Completion Standard

Successful completion of this course prepares the student for:

  • To have a good work ethic by being punctual and communicating with other students, instructor, and employer.
  • Completion of a resume and attend at least one job interview.
  • Completion of a video portfolio with examples of student work in graphic design.

Postsecondary Programs

Upon successful completion of the Design Career Academy, the student will have earned admission to a post-secondary program for further study.

Business and Industry Experiences

Students in the academy will participate in job site visitations, job shadowing, and possible internship in a Graphic Design, Exhibit Design, and Studio Arts.

Mike Ohl

Mike Ohl has been an art educator and freelance designer since 1977. He has his bachelor's degree in Art Education, and his master's degree from Bemidji State University. He has worked with and for state art agencies for many years while teaching art and design at Bemidji High School. He is co-chair of the Minnesota Arts Standards Review Committee, creating the next-generation of standards for K-12 students across Minnesota. Mike is currently promoting college and career readiness goals both in local school's and statewide.