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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Can the Arts & Communication prepare me for a viable and fulfilling career?

Technology is changing the world — and everyone has to be adept at different types of platforms, venues, and methods of being social influencers. An education in the Arts & Communication gives students foundational knowledge and skills to be “people influencers” — to affect public opinion and advocate for positive change. In life, experience is the greatest teacher, and in the media and communication industry, jobs are easier to get with the more experience one has. Industry certifications in Adobe Illustrator, and Pro Tools are important, but an education in the Arts & Communication give students more — the sensitivity to use the tools we have to effectively tell a story in. Students will gain experience in research, editing, and post production skills with the aim of being social influencers. Arts & Communication is an education of real life experience creating content for a world that will always, always want more.

How does the Arts & Communication Pathway help my future?

The Arts & Communication pathway students are well equipped for college and the workforce because students are taught the foundations of effective communication in print, media, audio, and in the visual arts. Students learn the theories and principles involved in more effective advertising, speech making, debating, painting, writing, dancing, and music making. Students will see the elements and principles of art at work in daily life, and be able to manipulate and control those principles for a more effective life in communication. The future is based on the choices we make — and our ability to see through agendas and separate fact from fiction in all media platforms will give us greater options and possibilities.

What are the Elements and Principles of Art and why do they matter?

There are reasons why certain books, movies, music and works of art are beautiful, motivational, and able to affect public opinion. The elements of art (line, color, shape, form, value, space, and texture) and principles of art (harmony, balance, proportion, emphasis, variety, movement and rhythm) are how society defines visual beauty and effective communication. Our eyes are led through a painting like “The Last Supper” by the lines Da Vinci used both to emphasize the subject of the work, and also to create a sense of calm in the painting. Musicians value space in music, where the instruments can breathe. Iconic speeches like Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” relies heavily on rhythm and repetition to inspire emotion and a call to action. Our Everything around us is influenced by these elements and principles. Some of history’s most memorable speeches have rhythm in phrasing and emphasis on major points. The most famous paintings can calm or excite us based on how the lines lead the eye. Popular music is catchy to the ear because of effective use of space, harmony, and audio balance.

What are the featured pathways in the Academy of Arts & Communication?

Audio Engineering, Graphic Communication/Print, and Multimedia. Our pathways are designed not only for careers in these fields, but also for honing these abilities to put together press kits, demo reels and websites for promotion in the job market.