Visual Communication & Photography

  • Program Highlights:

    Two-Year NYSED Approved CTE Program

    Students work with a variety of photographic equipment, as well as traditional and digital imaging software from the Adobe Creative Suite in a Mac-based environment. With an emphasis on creative thinking and visual problem solving, students explore and develop their creative voice. During the basic year, students acquire a comprehensive foundation of photographic and graphic design skills. The advanced year sees students refine and apply their skills in projects within the community and for a variety of outside clients. Students who successfully complete the program will be prepared for further study at the college level or entry-level positions in the industry.

Visual Communication and Photography students create photo for "Era Project"

Units of Study

  • Basic (Year 1)

    • Elements and Principles of Design
    • Design Process & Professional Practice
    • Drawing and Illustration Techniques
    • Typography
    • Layout and Composition
    • Color Theory
    • Adobe Creative Suite (ongoing unit of study)
    • Branding & Identity Critique (ongoing unit of study)
    • Portfolio Prep & Presentation
    • Career Exploration

    Advanced (Year 2)

    • Workflow and Camera Operation Review
    • Sense of Place
    • Text and Image
    • Typography
    • Principles of Design
    • Portraits
    • Layout
    • Propaganda and Persuasion
    • Shutterbabe; Photojournalism
    • Fashion Photography and Design
    • Outdoor Advertising
    • Self-promotion; Portfolio
    • Work Experience


Industry Based Exam/Certifications

    • Adobe Certified Associate–Photoshop, InDesign, or Illustrator
    • Precision Exams



  • Career Connections

    • Animator
    • Art Director
    • Art Educator
    • Art Therapist
    • Exhibit/Environmental Designer
    • Fine Artist
    • Graphic Designer
    • Illustrator
    • Industrial Designer
    • Interior Designer
    • New Media Designer
    • Photographer


    College Programs

    • Advertising Design
    • Animation
    • Digital Imaging
    • Fine Art
    • Graphic Design
    • Illustration
    • New Media/Multimedia
    • Photography

Items to Consider

  • Successful Students:

    • Thrive in a deadline-driven environment
    • Accept and offer constructive criticism through the critique process
    • Generate creative solutions to client-driven products
    • Balance technical skills with concept development


    • A post-secondary degree is generally required for employment in this field
    • 12th grade students with portfolios and extensive experience in related courses may qualify for placement in the Advanced Course.