Communication Arts Academy

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Our academy prepares students for communications and media related college and career exploration. Students have the opportunity to earn certification in all Adobe software applications offered such as Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Animate, and Illustrator and will earn 1.5 college credits for each certification earned.Students have the chance to go on multiple field trips and activities. From quick sketch with professional animators at the zoo, specialized art shows at LACMA to Career Awareness Day at various Technical Colleges in Los Angeles County. Along with multiple scholarships and workshops offered at Art Center College of Design and the California Institute for the Arts. Students also compete in the CTSO SkillsUSA earning awards in leadership and skills accomplishments of what they have learned in their CTE class. We have represented our region in the California state championship for four years running.  Career Paths • Digital Imaging • Desktop Publishing • Graphic Arts • Illustration• Design/Painting • Traditional & Computer Animation • Multi-Media• Vocal Artist • Studio Recording• Sound Engineer

Course Work


The Communication Arts Academy is a California Partnership Academy focusing on CTE Graphic Arts and Fine Arts. After getting a solid background in the elements of art and principles of design through our fine art classes, students move on to the Graphic Arts Sequence. In a three-sequence program, the student will learn the foundations of design, desktop publishing and will capstone in designing and producing the yearbook. From photographing sporting events to prom; creating advertising for our school plays and musicals along with any other event, the student will learn all facets of how to produce a professionally designed product culminating in the production of the high school yearbook.

Animation students learn the foundations of animation in their intro class and move on to a portfolio of work in Advanced Traditional Animation or sequence on to Computer Animation. Animation students participate in a bi-weekly live interactive video broadcast with the ACME Animation Network comprised of professional animators, writers, producers, directors and more. Professionals from the animation industry interact with students, mentoring them while critiquing the student projects building lifelong relationships.

Life's Inspiration


The Communications Arts Academy offers students the opportunity to acquire real-world, 21st century skills, combining creativity and rigorous academics in project-based learning experiences. Through core academics, Honors and Advanced Placement Coursework, and Leadership Training through SkillsUSA, our students are introduced to Graphic Design Principles and sequence to Desktop Publishing culminating in their capstone class utilizing all the advertising principles they have learned while creating the high school yearbook. In addition, students can express themselves as members of the University High School Jazz Cat Singers, Choir, Orchestra, Drum line and through expressive dance. 

Students are mentored every week by professionals in the music industry while participating in Music Technology, Theory, Advanced Band and Jazz Ensemble. They also have the opportunity to learn how to be sound engineers and technicians.