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

Required Courses:

  • Introduction to Graphic Design
  • Introduction to Photoshop
  • Advanced Photoshop
  • Ceramics l or Introduction to Sculpture
  • College Photography and Digital Imaging
  • Work Seminar
  • Real-World Experience

Recommended Courses:

  • Art I Drawing
  • Art I Color & Design
  • Printmaking
  • Drafting I through CAD
  • Drafting II 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.

Nina Lubarski

Nina Lubarski

Nina Lubarski graduated from Hopkins High School. She has a bachelor of science degree in Art, k-12 from Bemidji State University. She received her master’s degree in education through media technology and design from Full Sail University. Nina’s teaching career has allowed her to teach at the elementary, middle and high school levels. She not only teaches visual art she is also a three sport coach at the high school.

Sarah Stewert

Sarah Stewart

Sarah Stewart is a Bemidji High School graduate from the class of 2006. She received her Bachelor’s degree in K-12 Art Education from Bemidji State University and her Master’s degree in Art Education from Boston University. Sarah has taught K-12 art in Bemidji schools since 2014. She had run the 5th grade art club at Northern Elementary for 3 years and currently is in charge of the Bemidji High School art club. Sarah mainly teaches Photoshop and graphic design classes at BHS but also teaches several studio art classes. In Sarah’s free time she does chalkboard and window displays for local businesses, portrait photography, and teaches private art lessons for both children and adults in her home studio.

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.

Academy Gallery