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Arts, A/V Technology & Communications

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Creative students who see themselves designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing or publishing multimedia content will want to pursue courses in the Arts, A/V Technology and Communications Career Cluster.

You will apply artistic talent to practical problems and learn visual arts principles that prepare you with skills and techniques to work in any number of creative design and entertainment fields.

This career cluster is organized into six career pathways:

  • Audio and video technology and film
  • Broadcasting and journalism
  • Performing arts
  • Printing technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Visual Arts


Students in arts, A-V technology and communications learn and practice skills that prepare them for diverse post-high school education and training opportunities, from apprenticeships and two-year college programs to four-year college and graduate programs.

CTE classes in this cluster will introduce you to a variety of interesting careers including:

  • Video or web producer
  • Film maker
  • Graphic designer
  • Television studio producer
  • Stage designer
  • Publisher
  • Radio broadcaster
  • Fashion/apparel designer or illustrator
  • Interior designer
  • Home furnishing coordinator
  • Textile designer or chemist
  • Curator or gallery manager
  • Costume designer

Note: Each school and school district has different CTE options. Not every district has classes in every cluster, nor does every district offer CTE dual credit and Advanced Placement options.

Career & Technical Student Organizations

Career and technical student organizations are much more than clubs. They provide opportunities for hands-on learning, and for applying career, leadership and personal skills in real-world environments. Participants build their skills by developing projects, attending events, and competing regionally and nationally.

The student organizations for arts, A/V technology and communications are:

Education After High School

It is fact that young people who have at least one year of post-high school education earn thousands of dollars more a year. So, if you spend even one year at a two- or four-year college, in a certificate program at a technical school, or in an apprenticeship after you graduate from high school, you will very likely earn higher wages all your life. By furthering your education, you will be better-prepared to successfully navigate the world of work.

After taking CTE classes in arts, A/V technology and communications, you could pursue any number of opportunities including:

  • On-the-job education as an actor, artist, dancer, graphic designer, set designer or musician. These experiences can be started while you are still in high school
  • A credential in graphic design
  • A two-year degree in drama, music, art, radio or TV broadcasting
  • A four-year degree in communications, graphic art composition, vocal performance drama/theater, education, art, or music, radio, TV or film production

Student Resources

Middle & High School

  • Preparing for your future: Why CTE?
  • Your school career or guidance counselor
  • Your principal or school district Career and Technical Education office
  • Career and Technical Education - Washington

Apprenticeship & College

More than 1,000 jobs in Washington are connected to an active, registered apprenticeship program. For more information about apprenticeships and colleges, visit:

Additional Resources

For Educators

Forms and Standards

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Codes assist in tracking, assessment, and reporting CTE courses.

CIP Codes for this cluster:

  • 090701
  • 091001
  • 100201
  • 100202
  • 100203
  • 100290
  • 100301
  • 100303
  • 100304
  • 100305
  • 108888
  • 110803
  • 190601
  • 190901
  • 231101
  • 500102
  • 500402
  • 500406
  • 500499
  • 500502
  • 500510
  • 500602
  • 500713
  • 500797
  • 508888
  • Comprehensive CIP Code Chart