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Graphic Design Overview

While following the Nevada Career and Technical Education's Program of Study for certification, Las Vegas Academy's Graphic Design major (formerly Digital Arts) is unique when compared to other programs. From designing logos and posters for school productions, to laying out programs for the MidWest Clinic, students in the Graphic Design program get hands on learning, not just assigned practice lessons.  

With a state of the art printshop, students learn the design process from research and development on to final production delivery. Processes include dye-sublimation, screen printing, large format, laminating, mounting, vinyl, and package design.

Students have worked with community partners like Zappos, Stratosphere, and Meadows Bank to design, layout, and produce their design needs like wine labels, motion graphics, and promotional materials. Students learn to pitch their ideas, speak and write professionally, and meet deadlines.

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Program Curriculum 

No other graphics program allows students to take advanced elective courses in digital imagery for three years, including the Advanced Placement 2D Portfolio for dual credit and college entry, but also a graphic arts internship at an in-house printshop. Working for other departments within the school, students design and produce large advertisments with a 60" printer and laminator, custom design 3D prints, engrave awards, screenprint tshirts, and dye sublimate mugs. ACA certifications are made avaialbe to students who wish to pass the test for Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. 

 

​9th GRADE

Graphic Design I & Digital Illustration I
 

10th GRADE

Graphic Design II with Lab (Print Production & Client Relations)

Digital Illustration II
 

​11th GRADE

Graphic Design III with Lab (Printshop Internship)
 

12th GRADE 

AP Studio 2D Art with Advanced Studies (Portfolio Preparation)

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Program Outcome 

The Graphic Design program aims to establish a student portfolio for college acceptance and scholarship opportunities. Those who choose to continue with graphic design have been accepted at schools like Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, School of Visual Arts, Pacific Northwest Art School, and Art Center of Design.

Students who have selected different majors in college attribute their success to the skills learned while in the graphic design program, like reading digital imagery in a radiology program, successfully acquiring technical assistant positions in college because they practiced interviewing while competing at SkillsUSA State Competitions, and understanding visual identity and branding while majoring in marketing or journalism. 

Certifications and skillsets within the Adobe Creative Cloud software, plus collaborative projects working in a team in the printshop, have gained many graduates high level positions right out of high school at businesses like Kinkos and social media promotion departments at their colleges.

Program Accolades 

The Las Vegas Academy digital arts programs has been awarded the following recognitions multiple times:

  • SkillsUSA Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals in Advertising Design, 3D Animation, Screenprinting Technology
     

  • Scholastic Art & Writing Awards State & National Gold Key, Silver Key, and American Vision
     

  • Voice, CCSD Art Contest, Best of Show, 1st Place, 2nd Place, and Honorable Mention
     

  • Adobe Certified Associates certifications for students for job placement in programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and After Effects.
     

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