Culinary Arts

 This one-semester course provides the opportunity to explore the basic fundamentals and principles of the art of cooking and the science of baking, as well as opportunities to explore and experience the hospitality and tourism industry which encompasses lodging, travel and tourism, recreation, amusements, attractions, and resorts; and restaurants and food beverage service. The knowledge and skills are acquired through rich and engaging hands-on and project-based instruction, which also includes delivery through laboratory-based training and exploring the many career opportunities available within the Hospitality career cluster.

Ms. Bridgette Reyes is Lamar's Culinary Arts and Fashion Design teacher.

Fashion Design 

This course provides opportunities for the learner to explore careers in fashion that span all aspects of the textile and apparel industries.

Graphic Design Careers

Graphic Design Careers introduces students to both Graphic Design and Digital Photography.  In digital photography students learn about the equipment, photo composition and different photo careers.  Students also learn to use Adobe Photoshop and different methods used to enhance their photo. In Graphic Design, students learn the basics of design. They make projects that use a variety of different design techniques.  From business cards to newsletters to posters, these are just a few of the design projects. The students also learn to combine their photographs with their graphic design projects.

Interior Design

Students use knowledge and skills related to interior and exterior environments, construction, and furnishings to make wise consumer decisions, increase productivity, and compete in industry.


Students apply technical skills to address business applications of emerging technologies. Students enhance reading, writing, computing, communication, and reasoning skills and apply them to the business environment. Students will need to apply touch system data entry for production of business documents.

Media/Animation I

The class introduces students to the basics of creating multimedia projects ranging from hands-on assignments to digital animations and short movies.  Students study computer and media literacy, history of animation, and project management through a series of creative assignments including flip books, Photoshop animation, short movie production, and Claymation. (yearlong course)

Media/Animation II

This class builds on knowledge from Media/Animation I and offers a more in-depth knowledge of media production.  Students learn the basic workflow of audio and video production including storyboarding, screen writing, cinematography, lighting, audio production, and editing. (yearlong course)

Students create multi-media projects (animation, short movies, Claymation) as well as computer and media literacy, history of animation, project management through flip-books and Photoshop animation.

Photography Careers

 This is a hands on beginning photography course that teaches students how to use a DSLR camera, use the rules of photographic composition, how to use Adobe Photoshop, and explores the skills needed for a wide variety of photographic careers. Our students work with the Canon Rebel T3 DSLR cameras. They have assignments that help them to apply all of the different functions of the camera. The rules of photographic composition are incorporated into the artistic use of photography. Students use Adobe Photoshop to perform a variety of techniques that are used to improve and enhance their images. When studying the photographic Careers; students learn to use studio equipment, green screens, and scanners. They also look at Sports Photography, Photojournalism, Commercial Photography and Freelance Photography. All student work is digital and students maintain a digital portfolio. Our students are encouraged to participate in Jr. VASE (UIL for middle school Art) along with other competitive opportunities.

Robotics Careers

Robotics  is an introductory course in the design, construction, and testing of robotic and automated machines.  Students work with Lego Mindstorms robotics kits, from basic vehicles, to robotics arms, to custom designs.  Throughout the course, students explore the definition of robots, mechanisms, sensors, programming, testing, and the engineering design process.  Robotics is a growing career field with opportunities for all students.

To learn more about Technology, Graphic Design and Robotic Careers, please visit Mrs. McNiel’s campus web page and look in the handouts. 

Technology Careers

Technology Careers is an exploratory class that gives students the opportunity to learn about a variety of technology- related careers. The class works with a program that provides instruction, electronic journals and testing on a computer.  The work is presented in what we call modules. Each module takes approximately two weeks, and each module has a hands-on project.  Students have the opportunity to study Alternative Energy, Structural Engineering, Digital Music, Audio Communication, Flight Technology, Video Production, Forensic Science, Electricity, Graphic Design & Animation, Computer Numerical Control (CNC), Health & Fitness and Virtual Architecture.  We also study CO2 Race Cars design, aerodynamics and manufacturing.

Web Design Careers

This course is designed to instruct students in web site design.  Students will learn to use the programs Dreamweaver and Fireworks.  They will create many web sites during the semester.  The last assignment will be a web portfolio displaying several of the web sites they created.  The students will develop the skills associated with the individual programs and also the skill of designing effective and attractive web sites.

Nondiscrimination Statement

The Austin Independent School District offers career and technical education sequences of coursework based on the sixteen federally defined Career Clusters.  Admission to these courses is based on interest and aptitude, age appropriateness, and class space availability.  It is the policy of the Austin Independent School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or handicap in its vocational programs, services or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended.