Design Arts CTE Graphic Design Pathway, Franklin High School

Thank you for visiting the Design Arts CTE Pathway website!

The GRID, our recently renovated, state-of-the-art, MAC Lab houses our Design Arts Pathway. It is a computer lab constructed with collaboration and design in mind and also just a cool place to hang out!

What is a CTE Pathway?

A CTE (Career Technical Education) pathway is a sequence of two or more CTE courses within a student’s area of career interest. Pathways are designed to connect high school classes to college, industry certifications, and/or a career. Franklin's Design Arts Pathway is articulated with Sacramento City College so students in this pathway also have the opportunity to earn up to six units of college credit (for free)! Students also use industry standard Adobe Creative Cloud software to learn how to design and illustrate. These courses fulfill the VAPA graduation requirement as well.

Design Arts Pathway Sequence

  1. Digital Art & Graphic Design I (Introductory Course)
  2. Digital Art & Graphic Design II (Concentrator Course)
  3. Advanced Graphics Communication (Capstone Course)

Hear from Design Arts Students!

We're the "A" in STEAM!

The Design Arts Pathway is also a part of STEAM

By adding a fourth course, students can earn up to nine units of college credit and a cord at graduation. Click here to download the STEAM flyer for more information.

Graphic Design

Our award-winning students hard at work (and fun) in The GRID Mac Lab.
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. ~ Albert Einstein

Graphic Design Student Projects

Typography Self Portraits
Students learn to draw traditionally AND digitally.
Students created all of the "filters" for this fun photo booth that they ran at EGUSD's Map Your Future event. Attendees were able to travel to Paris or Hawaii. They also had the choice to become a princess with a tiara and beautiful castle or a professional baseball player.
Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there. ~ Will Rogers
Students not only create beautiful pieces of digital art, but they also learn the fundamentals of graphic design. Check these Infographics out!

Create Day

What is Design Arts' Create Day? Watch this....


The goal of the Design Arts Pathway is to not only teach design and technical skills, but also to teach students HOW to collaborate. Using the philosophy of the book, "Collaborative Intelligence" and combining it with Design Thinking strategies, student have soared (and had a lot of fun, too)!

Anti-Tobacco Campaign Group Project & Pitch AND Kaiser's "Don't Buy the Lie" Billboard Contest Winners

“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” ~ Henry Ford
I believe in a classroom that fosters collaboration, project-based-learning, and most of all, FUN! ~Lorna Miller

Lorna Miller

Design Arts Pathway Coordinator

Design Arts Pathway Coordinator and Instructor, Lorna Miller, brings over 20 years of design and teaching experience to this program. She has taught all levels of graphic design and traditional Art and continues to pursue learning the trade herself. Adobe Certified in Photoshop and Illustrator, she loves that no matter how much she knows about design, students are always teaching her as well. It's a subject you can never stop learning! Mrs. Miller LOVES creating, LOVES teaching at Franklin, and LOVES helping her students see that graphic design skills can be useful in ANY career.

“I’m not sayin’ I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will.” ~ Tupac Shakur

Want to learn more?

Please e-mail lkmiller@egusd.net if you'd like to know more about this fun and exciting CTE Pathway. You can also find us on Instagram @frhsinthegrid.


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