COURSE CODE: 8418

Communication Systems

SCED Code: 11002
Virginia Extended Description: 18
Suggested Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Duration: 18 Weeks
Prerequisite: None
OSHA Compliance Required?: No
CTSO: TSA

Communication Systems provides experiences in the fields of imaging technology, graphic productions, video and media, technical design, and various modes of communicating information through the use of data. Students develop critical-thinking and problem-solving skills using the universal systems model. Students also learn about the impact of communication on society and potential career fields relating to communications. Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students' career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.

Course Sequences

A combination of this course and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses, is a concentration sequence. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses based on their career pathways. A program completer is a student who has met the requirements for a CTE concentration sequence and all other requirements for high school graduation or an approved alternative education program.

Career Clusters

Pathway Occupation
Audio and Video Technology and Film
  • Audio and Video Equipment Technician
  • Audio-Video Designer, Engineer
  • Editor
  • Graphic Designer
  • Multimedia Artist, Animator
  • Producer
  • Sound Engineering Technician
  • Videographer
Journalism and Broadcasting
  • Art Director
  • Broadcast Technician
  • Editor
  • Program Director
  • Radio, TV Announcer
  • Radio, TV Reporter
Performing Arts
  • Cinematographer
  • Costume Designer
  • Lighting Designer
  • Technical Director
  • Video, Film Editor
Printing Technology
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Job Printer
  • Prepress Technician
  • Press Operator
  • Production, Planning, Expediting Clerk
Telecommunications
  • Computer Programmer
  • Network Systems and Data Communication Analyst
  • Telecommunications Equipment Installer, Repairer
Visual Arts
  • Commercial Photographer
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Interior Designer
  • Media Planner, Buyer
  • Multimedia Artist, Animator
  • Photographic Process Technician

Pathway Occupation
Network Systems
  • Computer Security Specialist
  • Radio, TV Broadcast Technician
  • Sound Engineering Technician
  • Telecommunications Equipment Installer, Repairer
Web and Digital Communications
  • Graphic Designer
  • Radiologic Technologist, Radiographer
  • Web Developer

Pathway Occupation
Marketing Communications
  • Art Director
  • Copy Writer
  • Media Planner, Buyer
  • Multimedia Artist, Animator
  • Web Developer
Marketing Management
  • Art Director
  • Entrepreneur
  • Marketing Communication Manager
  • Media Planner, Buyer
  • Multimedia Artist, Animator
Marketing Research
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Product Planner
Professional Sales
  • Entrepreneur
  • Media Planner, Buyer
  • Multimedia Artist, Animator
  • Telemarketer

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