In the Design Pathway, students use creative and critical thinking to produce a wide variety of multimedia products. The courses in this pathway provide hands-on experiences in graphic design, animation, interactive media, user experience design and motion graphics.  Students are introduced to the Adobe Creative Suite and are able to work towards a Professional Certification with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

Design Pathway Information


Graphic Design 1 + CE MGD 1001 (Introduction to Computer Graphics)

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 imagery, graphic design, motion graphics and animation.

Graphic Design 2 + CE MGD 1002 (Introduction to Multimedia)

This course focuses on higher level skills with Adobe Cretive Suite software, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.  Students work on a variety of projects that focus on creative problem-solving.  Through this course, students will have the opportunity to complete a professional certification with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

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.