Visual Arts

THE VISUAL/STUDIO ARTS PROGRAM allows students to investigate careers in creative industries as they study the elements and principles of design. Students engage in activities that focus on advanced drawing and design skills as well as idea development techniques. All projects are aimed at creating an individualized portfolio for each student that highlights both the breadth and depth of their knowledge.

STUDENTS IN THIS PROGRAM learn how to combine the technical skills they learn with visual problem-solving techniques in order to create unique and personalized imagery. Students explore artists throughout history while interacting with leading professionals in the creative industry. They also learn essential skills in writing and speaking about art.

Students in the program have access to cutting-edge equipment such as: Adobe Suite, Epson Color Printers, Nikon DSLR Cameras, Darkroom, and Negative & Image Scanners.

Required & Recommended Courses


  • Foundations of Drawing

  • Foundations of 2D Design


See program summary at a glance below

  • Studio Art

  • Studio 2

  • Graphic Design

  • Digital Media

  • Photography 1 & 2

  • Studio Honors

  • Intro to Art - EEP (Honors)*

  • AP Studio Art: Drawing or Design*


  • Ceramics 1 & 2

  • Ceramics Honors

  • Photo 3

  • Foundations of 3D Design

  • AP Studio Art: 3D*

  • Art Appreciation

  • Yearbook Publishing

*College credit available

Credentials & Certifications

  • Precision Exams

  • Rhode Island State Council for the Arts - Visual Arts Certification

Work-Based Learning Requirement

In our increasingly complex global society, CTE students are expected to be prepared to enter the workforce of the future by participating in a continuum of purposeful Work-Based Learning (WBL) activities that align with their CTE Programs. WBL experiences can include an industry project, a school-based enterprise, a service-learning project, or an internship.

WBL connects the CTE Program with the real world of work by providing students with the opportunity to interact with professionals in business and industry while applying what they are learning in the classroom. Through their involvement in WBL activities, students will also develop and demonstrate essential employability skills, such as responsibility, collaboration, and communication, that are applicable in all work environments.

National Technical Honor Society (NTHS)

The National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) recognizes outstanding student achievement in Career and Technical Education (CTE) and encourages educational excellence, skill development, and workforce readiness.

Visual Arts Program Eligibility Criteria:

  • Overall unweighted GPA of 3.0 or greater

  • Program unweighted GPA of 3.5 or greater

  • Enrolled in a CTE Program

  • 4.0 Visual Arts Credits (not necessarily four years)

  • Three staff signatures as character witnesses

  • Successful completion of AP, EEP or, Precision Exam

  • Visual Arts Portfolio consisting of a minimum of fifteen works


  • Special recognition at Graduation

  • NTHS scholarships

  • Other unique member privileges

  • Resume builder

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RI Pathway Endorsement

Seniors enrolled in a CTE Program are encouraged to base their Senior Passion Project on their CTE Program.

Senior Passion Projects based on the student’s CTE Program are required to qualify for the RI Pathway Endorsement Council Designation.

Program Summary at a glance

For more information about this program contact the Career Programs Supervisor at or 401-710-7579.

Click here to view the Visual/Studio Arts Program Flyer.