In the Design Pathway, students learn how to use aesthetic, creative and critical thinking to produce a wide variety of multimedia products. The courses in this pathway provide hands-on experiences in photography, graphic design, interactive media, user experience design, web design/development, basic coding and motion graphics.  Students are introduced to the Adobe Creative Suite as well as web design and development online tools.

Design Pathway Information


Digital Design – Level 1

This hands-on project based course introduces students to the principles of design and creative problem solving through the use of the Adobe Creative Suite software. Students complete projects in the areas of digital photography, graphic design, motion graphics, 2D and 3D animation, web design and basic coding.

Intro to Web Design and Development 1 – Level 2

This two semester course will introduce students to techniques and skills in designing and building websites.  We will explore numerous different platforms for development and will create websites for multiple purposes.  A focus of the course will be on building sites that are organized, functional, aesthetically pleasing and fun to explore.  Content Covered In This Course: HTML and CSS, UX Design Techniques and WordPress Website Development

Advanced Web Design and Development – Level 3

This two semester course will build on the content covered in Web 1 with an emphasis on advanced techniques and coding principles.  We will explore building websites that employ optimal site architecture and navigation necessary for larger and more complex sites.  Other topics will include template/theme development as well as advanced coding with HTML, CSS, PHP and Javascript.

All courses in this pathway provide free college credit in the second semester through the Concurrent Enrollment program at Arapahoe Community College.

Instructor: Jonathan Howard (he/him)
Phone: 720-423-7135
E-mail address:

Master’s Degree in Technology Education – Regis University; Master’s Degree in Music Theory and Composition – University of Minnesota; Bachelor’s Degree in Music Theory and Composition – Rice University

Endorsements: Colorado Dept. Education
CTE Audio/Video/Film Technology; CTE Journalism and Broadcasting; CTE Performing Arts; CTE Printing and Publishing; CTE Telecommunications; CTE Visual and Design Arts; Music (K-12)

Jonathan Howard has had the honor to serve as a public school teacher since 1994. From 1994-2003, he taught music and digital design at the Arts High School in Golden Valley, MN. From 2003-2022 he taught audio production, sound design, multidisciplinary collaborations and digital design at the Denver School of the Arts. He has also taught web design and development at Regis University and Boulder Digital Arts. His hobbies include hiking and camping with his wife and two dogs.

Students who study in the Design Pathway receive training that can lead to the following jobs: Graphic Designer, Marketing Specialist, Multimedia Artist, Art Director, Digital Media Specialist, 2D and 3D Animator, and Web Developer and Digital Interface Designer.