Communication & Fine Arts


Kearney High School has a variety of programs of study in the Communication & Fine Arts (CFA) SLC. These include Audio and Video Technology and Film, Journalism and Broadcasting, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts. Its designated color at Kearney High School is PURPLE.

Audio, Video Technology, and Film Overview

Broadly, individuals that work in the AV communications industry manufacture, sell, rent, design, install, integrate, operate and repair the equipment of audio visual communications. They are involved in the presentation of sound, video and data to groups in such venues as corporate boardrooms, hotels, convention centers, classrooms, theme parks, stadiums and museums. The major activity sectors in the AV communications industry are distributive service firms (AV dealers, rental companies, consultants, designers, and related firms), manufacturers of AV presentations and communications products and large end-users.

Most observers expect the job growth rate within the Audio and Video (AV) industries to be at 12 percent for the foreseeable future. More audio and video technicians should be needed to set up new equipment or upgrade and maintain old, complex systems for a variety of organizations, as well as support the increased use of AV equipment in schools, hospitals and hotels.

Journalism and Broadcasting Overview

News analysts, reporters and correspondents gather information, prepare stories and make broadcasts that inform the public about local, state, national and international events; present points of view on current issues; and report on the actions of public officials, corporate executives, special interest groups and others who exercise power. Broadcast and sound technicians install, test, repair, set up, and operate the electronic equipment used to record and transmit radio and television programs, cable programs and motion pictures. Chief engineers, broadcast field supervisors and transmission engineers supervise the technicians who operate and maintain broadcasting equipment.

Announcers hold about 52,500 jobs at present. News analysts, reporters and correspondents currently hold approximately 54,400 jobs. Continuing consolidation of radio and television stations and declining advertising revenue in radio, newspapers, and television will negatively impact the employment growth for these occupations over the coming decade. Employment of broadcast and sound engineering technicians is projected to grow 7 percent through 2024.

Performing Arts Overview

A variety of businesses and groups involved in theatrical and musical performances are included in this pathway. Theatrical production companies, for example, coordinate all aspects of producing a play or theater event. Agents represent actors and assist them in finding jobs. Costume design management companies design costumes. Lighting and stage crews handle the technical aspects of productions. Dance studios, schools and halls provide places for professional and amateur dancers to practice, perform and learn. Performers of live musical entertainment include musical artists, dance bands, orchestras, jazz musicians and various modern bands. Orchestras range from major professional orchestras to community orchestras.

Actors, directors and producers hold close to 200,000 jobs in motion pictures, stage plays, television and radio, with job growth expected to be 10 percent over the next decade due to strong demand from the public for more movies and television shows, as well as an increased demand from foreign audiences for U.S.-produced films. Professional dancers and choreographers hold an average of about 20,000 jobs at any one time. Musicians, singers and related workers currently hold about 173,000 jobs.

Visual Arts Overview

Visual artists create art to communicate ideas, thoughts or feelings. They use a variety of methods - painting, sculpting or illustrating - and an assortment of materials, including oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, pencils, pen and ink, photography, plaster, clay and computers. Their works may be realistic, stylized or abstract and may depict objects, people, nature or events. Visual artists are categorized in two groups: Fine artists create art to satisfy their need for self-expression while Illustrators and graphic designers put their artistic skills at the service of commercial clients, such as major corporations; retail stores; and advertising, design and publishing firms.

Visual artists currently hold about 310,000 jobs. Nearly 7 out of 10 are self-employed. Self-employed, visual artists are either graphic designers who freelance, offering their services to advertising agencies, publishing houses and other businesses, or fine artists who earn income when they sell a painting or other work of art.