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 sequenced to Desktop Publishing culminating in their capstone class utilizing all the advertising principles they have learned while creating the
high school yearbook.
We are a California Partnership Academy focusing on CTE Graphic Arts and Fine Arts. After getting a solid background in the principles of fine art our 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 culminating product.
Animation students learn the foundations of animation in their intro class and move on to a portfolio of work in Advanced Traditional Animation or 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
In addition, students can express themselves as members of the University High School Jazz Cat Singers, choir, the high school 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.