Recommended high school classes for graphic design majors
Choose the right kinds of high school classes to prepare for a career as a graphic designer:
Taking as many kinds of art classes as you can in high school will expose you to a wide range of creative expression and techniques. eAchieve Academy offers both introductory and advanced online art classes to help you grow your skillset, including Digital Drawing & Painting, Fine Art Photography and more:
All High School Art Courses
Business Education courses
Many graphic design majors choose to double major in Business or Marketing to make themselves more attractive job candidates. It's a good idea to at least understand the basics of business since graphic design is in demand in industries like advertising, publishing and computer design - or if you want to be your own business as a freelance designer.
All High School Business Education Courses
Information Technology courses
Graphic design professionals need to be comfortable using technology and learning new programs and platforms as they're released. Our free online information technology courses give high schoolers the opportunity to build a solid foundation that will pay dividends down the road. Choose from Digital Imaging, Web Design and more:
All High School I.T. Courses
Social Studies courses
As a graphic designer you'll need to be able to collaborate with other professionals. Social sciences help students develop a nuanced understanding of how the world works and what motivates people as individuals and groups. Free online classes like World History, Psychology and Social Issues are a great place to start:
All High School Social Studies Courses
Other ways to prepare for a graphic design career:
eAchieve Academy offers career-planning guidance for enrolled students to help them explore possible career interests and plan their education accordingly. Each student has both an academic advisor and a guidance counselor available to work one-on-one with you.
eAchieve also offers Yearbook as an elective course, which is a great way for students interested in graphic design to collaborate on all aspects of producing, marketing and distributing a yearbook for the school.
Graphic design admissions at colleges & universities
Many top colleges in Wisconsin and nationwide offer a graphic design major. Your first step is graduating with a high school diploma, and eAchieve makes it easy to earn or complete your high school diploma online. Our graduates have been accepted at universities in the United States and abroad.
The best graphic design programs can be very competitive. If you've got your eye on a specific one, make sure your high school transcript is full of relevant electives (which can also help you build your portfolio as part of your application).
eAchieve Academy has the resources to help you prepare graphic design jobs and related work:
- Graphic designer
- Multimedia designer
- Logo designer
- Flash designer
- Web designer
- Creative director
- Photo editor
- Apparel graphic designer
- Packaging designer
- Advertising designer
- UI/UX designer
- Production artist
More about eAchieve Academy
An online diploma from eAchieve is the same as any other Wisconsin public high school diploma. Our online charter school is fully accredited and tuition-free for state residents under 21. Online high school is a great option for students who travel, work, are dealing with health issues or just want to learn at their own pace, on their own schedule.
No matter your reason for choosing online classes, eAchieve can work for you. Our teachers are all Wisconsin-state certified and develop personalized lesson plans for each student to help them get the most out of every class.
You can make the switch to online high school during Open Enrollment or join us with part-time enrollment for one or two online classes each semester - it's up to you!