Overview of the Arts, A/V Technology and Communications Career Cluster
There are six career pathways in this cluster:
- Audio-Video Technology and Film
- Journalism and Broadcasting
- Performing Arts
- Printing Technology
- Visual Arts
To help students learn more about careers in arts, A/V technology and communications, download and distribute the Arts, A/V Technology and Communications College and Career Planning Guide. The guide makes an excellent critical reading assignment for students enrolled in an AAVTC practicum course.
To learn about the six practicums in the AAVTC Career Cluster, click each title.
Prerequisites in occupation-related courses help ensure that when students are placed at a training station they have the fundamental skills needed for an entry level position. The prerequisites for each practicum are listed under the practicum course name.
Practicum in Audio/Video Production
Audio/Video Production II and Audio/Video Production II Lab
Practicum in Graphic Design and Illustration
Advanced Graphic Design and Illustration, Advanced Commercial Photography, or Advanced Animation
Practicum in Fashion Design
Advanced Fashion Design
Practicum in Printing and Imaging Technology
Printing and Imaging Technology II and Printing and Imaging Technology II Lab
Practicum in Commercial Photography
Commercial Photography I and Commercial Photography I Lab along with teacher recommendation
Practicum in Animation
Animation II and Animation II Lab
Legal and Safety Considerations
- Training sponsors normally provide job-specific safety training. A good sponsor will be able to direct the teacher-coordinator and the student to appropriate resources for occupation-specific safety and legal considerations.
- Teacher coordinators are responsible for providing general safety instruction and for ensuring that all training takes place.
- Teachers may assign students to research and report on specific safety and legal considerations for their job or industry.
In Section 5, you learned about hazardous occupations listed in Child Labor Bulletin No. 101 (WH-1330), which you bookmarked. Some of the occupations related to this cluster will involve hazardous activities. For example, a student working for a printing company might be asked to operate a power-driven stapling machine, an envelope die-cutting press, or a paper cutter. Revisit WH-1330 as necessary to refresh your memory about hazardous occupations.
When coordinating a practicum, teachers should ask whether a student's training station will require any special testing or permits prior to employment. For occupations in the AAVTC cluster, two of the most common requirements are:
- OSHA 10-hour training for general industry and
- signed parental consent allowing a minor student to appear in a video, broadcasts, or other types of visual or audio recordings.
Take a moment to bookmark the Texas CTE Resource Center website. Later, be sure to explore curriculum guidelines and instructional resources for the AFNR Career Cluster.
Take a few moments to bookmark the CTSO websites below to explore later.
Business Professionals of America (BPA)
DECA, Texas Association
Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA)
Texas Technology Student Association (TSA)
Take a moment to bookmark the links to explore later.
Family and Consumer Science Teachers Association of Texas (FCSTAT)
Marketing Educators of Texas (MET)
Texas Business and Technology Educators Association (TBTEA)
Texas Industrial Vocational Association (TIVA)
Texas Technology and Engineering Educators (TTEE)