Arts & Communications: Visual & Performing Arts, Broadcasting, Audio Visual Technology, Digital Design & Journalism

Somerset County Vocational & Technical School dance students performing in one of their school productions

The arts are big business in New Jersey, supporting other industries and enriching communities throughout the state. Visual and performing arts programs offer county vocational-technical school students professional preparation for careers in drama, dance, music, and visual arts, and a strong foundation for further study.

Programs in graphic design, digital media, video production, broadcasting, and audio technology give students hands-on experience with state-of-the-art technology used throughout the industry.

Students in dance, drama and vocal music programs are often accepted through an audition and gain valuable opportunities to perform and showcase their work both on campus and throughout the community.

Many of the performing arts programs also offer courses in technical theater operations, like sound, lighting and set design.

Here are some of the career pathways in this area:

  • Actor
  • Broadcast Engineer or Technician
  • Cinematographer
  • Director
  • Photographer or videographer
  • Television Director or Producer
  • Web designer
    • Artist
    • Camera Operator
    • Dancer
    • Graphic Designer
    • Reporter
    • Theater Technician
    • Writer
      Graphic arts students working with state-of-the-art equipment at Communications High School in the Monmouth County Vocational School District
      Broadcasting students at Cumberland County Technical Center producing their daily news program
      Dance students at the Morris County School of Technology Academy for Visual and Performing Arts

      For high school students and parents:

      To see what arts and communications programs the vocational-technical school in your county offers, find your school.

      For more information on careers in the arts:

      Check out videos on various career pathways in the arts, audio visual technology and communications at NJCareerConnections.

      O*Net Online has comprehensive information on all types of careers in the arts, including surveys that help people find careers they might enjoy.