Design & Illustration


Imagine spending more than 2 hours of your school day on art, every day.

Our Design & Illustration program pushes art students to become masters in visual creative problem solving and self expression by immersing them in a wide array of artistic mediums. Study all aspects of graphic design on an iMac loaded with industry-standard Adobe Creative Cloud software. Work towards mastering drawing in our figure drawing and still life studios. Paint, collage, sketch or do whatever you love in a Visual Journal. Learn to take professional portraits and fine art photographs with a DSLR camera or animate on a Wacom Cintiq digital illustration tablet.

Design & Illustration will expose you to many artistic mediums and put the best tools and technology in your hands, all while helping you (one-on-one) to build your strongest portfolio for applying to schools or to continue your artistic practices in life after high school.

All students are expected to have taken Art 1, submit a portfolio for review, and interview with instructor as part application process for this program. 

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National Technical Honor Society, SkillsUSA; Adobe Associate Certification in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign (2020-21); Dual Enrollment, Graphic Design I & II; AP Studio Art (2020-2021)

High School credits available include: 


• Graphic designer
• Illustrator
• Studio artist
• Photographer
• Fashion designer
• Animator
• Art Director
• Social Media/Marketing specialist
• Art therapist
• Craft artist
• Tattoo artist
• Art instructor
• Curator


Ashley Stagner, BA, MAT

Ashley is a teacher and practicing artist in her field. She earned her BA at Hamilton College in 2009 and a Masters in the Art of Teaching (MAT) at Colgate University in 2011. Following the completion of her master’s degree, she took further courses at UVM and  RISD. 
She is dual certified in both NY and VT for 7-12 English and K-12 Visual Art, due to her belief that verbal and visual communication need to operate together. After teaching for five years in NY, she moved to VT and has been teaching in Burlington for the past three years.  

Primarily a printmaker (intaglio, woodcut, and silkscreen), her work has been shown nationally in group exhibitions as well as solo shows. Aside from teaching at Burlington  Technical Center, she also teaches printmaking to adults at the BCA studios.  
Her students have won the Scholastic Gold Key in drawing and illustration, Congressional  Art awards, US Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and have been awarded merit scholarships from their senior portfolios.  

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Program Outcomes

Successful students attend prestigious art schools and liberal arts schools, often earning scholarships for their portfolios. Some students work at apprenticeships or enter the workforce directly. In recent years students have been accepted to Maine College of Art, MassArt, Savannah College of Art and Design, Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons, and the School of Museum of Fine Arts.

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