Graphic Design

Butler Tech Commercial Arts is for students who thrive in a creative and artistic environment — and who strive to be ready for college. Students will receive hands-on, basic art and design training, balanced with instruction in the most popular graphic computer programs used by today’s professional designers.

Students work in a professional level studio with a Mac computer and up-to-date graphics software. They will learn a variety of drawing, sketching and rendering techniques. Color theory and color palette usage are also covered. They will create projects that build on the elements and principles of design using the Adobe Creative Suite.

These include: advertisements, book covers, logos, magazine articles, package design, and poster design.

New to the program is an AP 2D Studio design. Students are given the option to have their portfolios judged for possible college credit. Photoshop and Illustrator give students tremendous artistic power to create images with visual impact. Second-year students are assigned client-based projects, which give them vital real-world experience.

Eighty percent of our students go on to attend a two- or four- year art college. Upon completion of the program, each student will have a college-ready portfolio, focusing on best works. This gives a creative advantage over traditional high school students, and many of our students have been awarded scholarships based on the quality of their portfolios.

Commercial arts is a full-time program for high school juniors and seniors. Students will apply sophomore year.

D. Russel Lee

STUDENT ORGANIZATION

SkillsUSA

PROGRAM COSTS

SkillsUSA Fee  $25

Program Fee  $50

CAREER OUTLOOK

After graduation, students can go on to careers as:

  • Advertiser
  • Animator
  • Art director
  • Art teacher
  • Fashion designer
  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Photographer
  • Production artist
  • Web designer

Continuing their education, students could pursue college degrees in:

  • Advertising/Marketing
  • Art/Illustration
  • Digital imaging
  • Graphic design
  • Photography