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It's no accident that many of the world's top brands are also design leaders.

Students enrolled in Da Vinci Design are preparing for college and 21st century careers in architecture, graphic design, and other jobs that call for skills in art, design, science and technology.

Da Vinci Design students engage in a rigorous and relevant college preparatory curriculum and career pathway classes that use hands-on, project-based learning to give lessons real-world context and meaning. In Spring 2016, Da Vinci Design is launching an Architectural/Environmental Design pathway in partnership with El Camino College. Students will be able to earn up to 16 units through ECC toward a Certificate in Architecture and/or an A.S. degree in Architecture. The tentative course sequence for the Architecture/Environmental Design pathway is: Orientation to Architecture, Architectural Graphic Techniques, Architectural 3D Illustration, CAD Architectural Drafting, Architectural Design Studio, and Sustainable and Regenerative Design. A similar 4-year course sequence for the Graphic Design pathway will be announced soon.

Da Vinci Design students also have the opportunity to enroll in Early College/Dual Enrollment classes that count for both high school and college credit through Antioch University LA, El Camino College, Cal State Dominguez Hills, and West L.A. College.

Students learn not only academic content but also the vital 21st century skills – including creativity, innovation, collaboration, problem-solving and communication – they need to become the next generation of artists, designers, thinkers and business leaders.

Da Vinci Design has partnerships with many local design leaders, including 72andSunny, Belkin International, Gensler, Karten Design,and Guild, that offer project support, job shadowing opportunities, internships, and mentoring to help students master the real-world skills and knowledge that do not appear in the state and federal content standards.

Examples of recent projects include designing medical devices and headphones that spread messages of social change. The Da Vinci-Karten-X Prize collaboration was featured in Fast Company’s blog, “What Happens When High School Students Take a Stab at the Tricorder X Prize?”

Students enrolled in Da Vinci Design have many opportunities to explore design beyond their core classes. Seminar classes have included Illustration, Product Design, Architecture, Toy Design, Vehicle Design, Photography, Web Programming, Game Design, Murals, Fibers, Computer Modeling & Design, and many more. Students also hone their art and design skills at various exhibitions and competitions, including the yearly Vans Custom Culture shoe design competition, in which Da Vinci Design students have twice been semi-finalists.

Student progress is measured and assessed through traditional tests and quizzes, public presentations of learning, exhibitions, and digital portfolios.

In The News

LA Galaxy presents new public soccer fields to Hawthorne, Da Vinci Design students design and paint community murals
Daily Breeze | January 29, 2016

LA Galaxy begins community service, painting murals at Hawthorne Park with Da Vinci Design students

MynewsLA.com | January 29, 2016

OMD's Ben Abt featured guest in Da Vinci's Career Speaker Series

What Happens When High School Students Take a Stab at the Tricorder X Prize?
Fast Company | February 19, 2013

4 Things That Ninth-Graders Can Teach You About Risk-Taking Design
Fast Company | June 20, 2012


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Last Updated: January 13, 2016

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