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Estimated Completion Time

Estimated time to complete the full Projects or Experiences offering is 18 weeks.


This offering may only be completed through Projects or Experiences. Select either the “Projects” or “Experiences” button above for a more detailed description of these options.


Course Requirements

A digital camera or cell phone camera


Major Topics and Concepts

Please review the competency statements on the right to learn the major topics and concepts covered in this offering.


Each competency will be addressed through a project that is based on a real-life career task. Here are the careers you will explore: Art Director, Real Estate Agent, Advertising Manager, and Journalist.



Estimated Completion Time

18 weeks


Please review the competency statements on the right to learn the major topics and concepts covered in this offering. 



Projects allow students to demonstrate their understanding of concepts and skills by completing a job-related task. The assignment might be to create a mural, a package design, a speech, a film review, or a movie set – you name it! These creative projects are about applying your learning acquired through in-depth research to real-world career tasks.



Experiences allow you to explore a career field you’re curious about while mastering competencies for school credit. Through experiential learning, you will learn skills and apply these skills to tasks you would complete as part of a career, rather than completing traditional assessments like essays or tests. During your experience, you’ll work with a professional in the field to support your learning. You’ll earn a badge for your accomplishments, which you can share on social media and higher education platforms, or with colleges, potential employers, peers, and/or colleagues to display your qualifications.

Here’s how experiences work:

  1. Each competency you work on is addressed through a separate deliverable predetermined by you and your instructor.
  2. Guided learning for each module consists of research and/or work with a professional in the field. Your instructor will coach you through this process.
  3. Each module culminates in a final demonstration of understanding, which includes a deliverable and a discussion-based assessment with your instructor.

Here’s an example:

Let’s say you’re curious about a career in healthcare. You decide you’d like to learn about this career area, make a professional connection, earn a badge and earn competencies for your 9th grade English requirement. While enrolled in English 1 Experiences, you conduct research to better understand language and structure in writing. Then, you work with an Occupational Therapist who helps you apply this understanding to the creation of an informational video. The video aims to advise the family members of patients regarding adaptive equipment and accommodations to help them support their family members as they go about their daily tasks. You’ve earned the Language and Structure in Writing competency! (This is just one example of the many ways experiences can bridge competencies to careers.)

*A parent/guardian permission form and background check of the outside expert are required for students to work with outside experts without parental supervision.


*Please have an idea for an outside expert in mind prior to enrollment or consult with our counseling department by emailing [email protected] prior to enrollment for support identifying one.

Credits .5

Meets art and ICT graduation requirement


  • Portrait Photography
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of portrait photography by explaining the use of the exposure triangle, analyzing composition in portrait photography and creating portrait photos that depict emotion.
  • Landscape Photography
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of landscape photography by explaining the use of natural light, analyzing composition in landscape photography, and creating landscape photographs that depict a mood.
  • Product Photography
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of product photography by explaining the use of artificial light, analyzing composition in product photography and creating product photographs designed to entice consumers.
  • Documentary Photography
    Students will demonstrate an understanding of documentary photography by explaining storytelling through photography, evaluating composition in documentary photographs, and creating documentary photographs.



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