Visual Design

Program Description

Visual Design is a four-year program that prepares students with skills needed to excel in graphic design, advertising design, technical illustration, 2-D and 3-D design, drawing, painting, sculpture, and photography.

In Visual Design, there is a strong focus on the fundamentals in art, computer graphic programs, and photography. Students learn the use of various media and techniques of the trade, and the proper tools needed to develop these skills.

Our program prepares students for employment in the art field and entrance into post-secondary colleges. Students apply critical thinking to solve problems in a creative manner using state-of-the-art technologies. Upon graduation, students are able to pursue careers as computer graphic artists, designers, illustrators, freelance artists, photographers, and production artists. Through experience and higher education, they can become a Creative Director, Art Director, Senior Designer, Graphic Designer, Web Designer, Production Manager, or Illustrator. Students focus on industries responsibilities, career paths, and skills necessary for successful employment.

By earning a “B” or better in certain courses, students in the program can earn college credits at Bristol Community College.



Keith Francis
Laurie Hipolito
Uthai Panayakul- Curriculum Leader

Academy Administrator

Beverly Rebelo

Course of Study


Color Theory
Exploring Art Medium
Design Principles
Computer Illustrations


60F2 General Trade Math
61F2 Studio Art 1
70F2 Visual Design Art
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe InDesign


Art History I
61F3 Principles and Concepts of Design I
62F3 Software Utilization I
70F3 Design and Visual Communications
Advanced Computer Software
Portfolio Development
Motion Graphics
Basic Photography
Basic Web Design


60F4 Analytical Mathematics
61F4 Principles and Concepts of Design
62F4 Software Utilization II
70F4 Design and Visual Communications
Portfolio Development
Web Design & Development
Studio Photography

Career Opportunities

Packaging Designer
Editorial Designer / Publications Designer
Environmental Designer
Book Designer
Type Design
Advertising Designer
Trademark / Logo / Brand / Identity Designer
Corporate / Annual Reports
Audio / Visual Packaging
Motion Graphics

Production Artist
Print Production Artist / Manager
Digital Imaging Specialist
Mac Operator
Desktop Publisher
Layout Artist
Production Director
Production Manager
Project Manager

Interior Design
Type Design
Game Design
Landscape Design
Textile Design
Design Professor
Web Programmer
Gaming Programmer
Medical / Scientific Illustration

Art Education (K-12)
Art Therapy
Museum Curator
Gallery Director
Art Historian
Craft Artist
Fine Artist