Arts, Media, & Entertainment Career Prep

Read more about the CAVA–CBA collaboration.

Which pathways are offered?

  • Design, Visual, and Media Arts: Multimedia Production—CAVA has teamed up with the California Broadcasters Association (CBA) to offer this pathway that prepares students for success in multimedia broadcasting, news production, and journalism. Students will have access to CBA's vast statewide network of broadcast professionals through virtual and field-based experiences, and an industry-endorsed curriculum that integrates project-based learning with creative, technical, and operational insights of over 1,000 radio and TV stations. Students will learn about current and emerging technology and practices within multimedia broadcasting in various forms of media including television, radio, web/pod casting, and other emerging broadcasting technologies. Read more about the CAVA–CBA collaboration here.

  • Animation—This pathway prepares students to conceptualize and bring animation to life using learned art principles to effectively communicate their ideas through combined artistic elements.

  • Digital Photography—This pathway is designed for students who want to enhance their photographic knowledge and abilities with an emphasis on skills used in commercial photography.

  • Game Design and Integration—This pathway prepares students to create design specifications and integrate art and sound, translating it all into a playable game. This requires knowledge of computer operating systems, programming and markup languages (JAVA, Python, C++, HTML5/CSS), and software development.

  • Graphic Design— This pathway prepares students to produce digitally generated or computer-enhanced media used in business, training, entertainment, communications, and marketing.

  • Web Design—This pathway prepares students to create, design, and produce interactive multimedia products and services.

What types of jobs can my student learn about and prepare for?*

Some of the jobs include:

  • Art/Graphics Director
  • Graphic Designer
  • Multimedia Artist and Animator
  • Photographer
  • Web Developer
  • Sound Engineering Technician

What is the salary outlook?*

Salaries vary depending on the job, experience, and location but approximate sample salaries include:

  • Art/Graphics Director—$94,220/year

  • Film and Video Editors—$59,810

  • Graphic Designer—$52,110/year

  • Multimedia Artist and Animator—$75,270

  • Photographer—$36,280/year

  • Sound Engineering Technicians—$45,510

  • Web Developers—$73,760

*Some of these jobs require additional education and certifications once a student graduates from high school. Salaries vary depending on the job title, experience, and location. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. Website last modified date: Tuesday, September 1, 2020.

Which industry-recognized certification exams can my student prepare for?

  • ACT National Career Readiness certification

  • Adobe Certified Associate certifications

  • Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification