Visual Arts

The Art & Design Career Academy is a competency-based program designed to assure graduating students have demonstrated knowledge and skills essential to graphic design and digital display of data. The combination of skills gained through this training is highly transferrable to technical jobs in many sectors of the economy.

Job Outlook


Real World Experience

  • Job-shadow, internship, or Exploring program
  • Work Seminar / Employment Skills

Foundational Required Courses

  • Art I
  • Art I Color & Design
  • Intro to Ceramics or Sculpture

Choose at Least One of the Following Advanced Art Courses

  • Art II
  • Ceramics II
  • Advanced Photoshop
  • AP Studio Art

Recommended Courses

  • Studio Mixed Media
  • Drafting I through CAD
  • Drafting II through CAD
  • Introduction to Printmaking
  • College Photography & Digital Imaging

Career Options

  • Graphic Design Careers
  • Web Developers – This career is currently in very high demand.
  • Fine Artists

Job Skills

  • Use creative problem-solving skills
  • Time management
  • Manage Tools and Equipment
  • Original Thought and Creativity
  • Analyze needs and requirements when designing products

Postsecondary Programs

Upon successful completion of Design Career Academy, the student will have earned admission to a postsecondary program for further study.

Nina Lubarski

Nina Lubarski

Nina Lubarski graduated from Hopkins High School. She has a bachelor of science degree in Art, k-12 from Bemidji State University. She received her master’s degree in education through media technology and design from Full Sail University. Nina’s teaching career has allowed her to teach at the elementary, middle and high school levels. She not only teaches visual art she is also a three sport coach at the high school.

Sarah Stewert

Sarah Stewart

Sarah Stewart is a Bemidji High School graduate from the class of 2006. She received her Bachelor’s degree in K-12 Art Education from Bemidji State University and her Master’s degree in Art Education from Boston University. Sarah has taught K-12 art in Bemidji schools since 2014. She had run the 5th grade art club at Northern Elementary for 3 years and currently is in charge of the Bemidji High School art club. Sarah mainly teaches Photoshop and graphic design classes at BHS but also teaches several studio art classes. In Sarah’s free time she does chalkboard and window displays for local businesses, portrait photography, and teaches private art lessons for both children and adults in her home studio.

Business and Industry Experiences

Students in the academy will participate in job site visitations, job shadowing, and possible internship in a Graphic Design, Exhibit Design, and Studio Arts.

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