Arts, A/V Technology & Communication Career Pathway

Associate's Degree/Certificate (1-2 years)


Bachelor's Degree (4 years)


Master's/Doctoral Degree (6+ years)


    Get Involved


  • Active Membership in a Career & Technical Student Organization (BPA - Business Professionals of America; DECA; FCCLA Family, Career & Community Leaders of America; SkillsUSA; TSA - Technology Students Association
  • Yearbook Staff
  • Speech & Debate
  • Class or Club Officer
  • Career Planning in Montana, Career Information System (MCIS) or Career Lab
  • Attend a Career/College Fair

    Try Your Hand at Work


  • Job Shadow
  • Apprenticeships and Internships
  • Field Trip to TV Station or Graphic/Web Design Company
  • Assist Business/Community Leaders to Promote Events via Online Media
  • Cooperative Work Experience
  • Work at School-Based Enterprise/School Store

    College Major Options


  • Communication Studies
  • Business Media Design
  • Computer Programming & Application/Game Development
  • Computer-Aided Design
  • Design Drafting Technology
  • Goldsmithing & 3D Jewelry
  • Graphic & Web Design
  • Media Design
  • Music Technology
  • Visual Arts

    Career Options


  • Audio-Video Designer/Engineer
  • Broadcast Technician
  • Commercial Artist
  • Commercial Photographer (Digital, Still, Video, Film)
  • Computer/Digital Animator
  • Fashion Designer
  • Film/Video Editor
  • Graphic Designer
  • Journalist
  • Videographer
  • Web Designer
Recommended High School Courses
    Computer & Media Courses:

  • 3D Design & Animation
  • Audio/Visual Production
  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Programming
  • Digital Media Technology
  • Graphic Design/Technology
  • Photography/Photo Imaging
  • Visual Communication Design
  • Video Production/Film Editing
  • Web Page Design
    Other Valuable Courses:

  • Senior Year Math
  • Accounting
  • Business Communications
  • Computer & Information Technology
  • Entrepreneurship/Introduction to Business
  • Marketing
  • Publication Production
Recommended Dual Enrollment
    Computer & Media Courses:

  • Computer Science Courses (CSCI100, 105, 107, 111, 222, 127, 135, 181)
  • Graphic Design Courses (GDSN101, 130, 148, 200, 249, 250)
  • Intro to Communication (COMS140)
  • Media Art Courses (MART111A, 101L, 112A, 102, 214, 231, 232, 233, 260)
    Other Valuable Courses:

  • Business Math (M108)
  • Technical Math (M111)
  • Probability & Linear Math (M115)
  • College Algebra (M121)
  • Writing (WRIT101/121)
  • Introduction to Business (BGEN105)
  • Intro to Communication (COMX111 or COMX115)
  • Accounting I (ACTG101)
Postsecondary Options in the Montana University System
City College Dawson Community College Flathead Valley Community College Gallatin College Great Falls College Miles Community College Missoula College MSU Billings Montana State University Bozeman Salish Kootenai College University of Montana University of Montana Western