Design, Visual, and Media Arts (Digital Arts)

  • The Design, Visual, and Media Arts pathway includes those occupations that use visual art, digital media, and Web-based tools and materials as the primary means of communication and expression. In addition to an understanding of current workplace practice, this career pathway requires the development of knowledge and skills in both visual art concepts as well as new and emerging digital processes by which individuals are able to create and communicate complex concepts in a broad range of occupations and professions. This pathway focuses on graphic design and visual media.

    C-VUSD Sub-Pathways: Animation, Digital Photography (Visual Commercial Art)


  • Our Animation Pathway was added to the Visual and Performing Art department in the Fall of 2016. This course fulfills the UC and CSU freshman eligibility requirement in Visual Performing arts and completes the VAPA graduation requirement. This is a single-year course that is taken after completion of the prerequisite course Art Appreciation. After completion of this course, students may continue down this Visual Art Pathway with the third year of Visual Arts by enrolling in Digital Animation.

    Digital Animation is an introductory course which is the capstone course for this pathway. This course is for all students interested in computer-generated three-dimensional modeling and texturing. Students will learn techniques used to create virtual models of environments, buildings, machines, vehicles, people, and animals, as used for computer animation, interactive games, and design visualization.

    Students will be introduced to the concepts of:

    • isometric design drawing
    • working in virtual space
    • building and manipulating curves and surfaces
    • modeling 3-D objects
    • texturing surfaces
    • managing data files.

    The final course is Advanced Digital Animation. Completion of these three courses qualifies our students for completion of this pathway.

A photo of a left hand drawing a dog on an animation tablet
A completed drawing of an animated giant on an animation tablet

Digital Photography

  • Our Photography program functions as both a Fine Art and CTE pathway.

    As of Fall of 2018, we now offer Visual and Commercial Art as a CTE pathway. Students in this pathway are trained for entry-level jobs in photography. Through these courses, our students learn camera controls, Adobe Lightroom, digital printing, studio lighting, and fine art inkjet printing to name a few. An additional advantage of this program is that students in their third year of this pathway can take AP Studio Art 2D Design and receive Advanced Placement credit for their photography.

    This esteemed program consistently wins awards in numerous photography contests, including:

    • Art Reach at the Pomona Fairplex
    • Citrus College High School Photography Competition
    • Mt. San Antonio College High School Photography Exhibition
    • LACOE VAPA Student Art Contest
    • Congressional Art Show
    • Reflections PTA
    • Young Reporters for the Environment

    An added incentive for this program is that Northview Photo students earn college credit through Articulation Agreements with the Mt. SAC Photography Department.

    A student looks through the lens of a digital camera mounted on a tripod