Arts and Communication
media communications

Commercial Art


St. Joseph High School

Career Opportunities Include:


  • Advertising Design
  • Animation Artist
  • Entry Level Desktop Publisher
  • Layout Artist
  • Press and Bindery Operation
  • Webmaster Publisher

Grades: 11-12

Class Description:

The commercial art career program offers students the unique opportunity to gain high tech skills and college credits in digital multimedia productions, digital web/graphics publishing, digital imaging, and print productions. Students develop a digital portfolio highlighting their skills and talents in the graphic arts program.

*This course may be available for college credit through Andrews University's College of Technology at the Andrews University and Niles High School locations.

Content Areas:

Web Page Development
Computer Graphics
Screen and Offset Printing

Career Outlook:

Graphic designers plan, analyze, and create visual solutions to communication problems. They use a variety of print, electronic, and film media and technologies to execute a design that meets clients' communication needs.

Creativity is crucial in all design occupations; most designers need a bachelor's degree, and candidates with a master's degree hold an advantage.

Intense competition is expected for most jobs, despite average projected employment growth, because many talented individuals are attracted to careers as designers. Median annual earnings for graphic designers were $52,110 in 2019.

Source: United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019-20 Occupational Outlook Handbook:

Updated 11/20/2020