Career and Technical Education Center

CTEC Interns Gain Real Life Experience: Focus On Graphic Design at the Texas Legends

Jan 13, 2015

Legends Graphic Design Interns

Current trends are showing that employment of graphic designers is expected to grow 13%, as fast as the average for all occupations from 2008 to 2018*.  This increasing need is because the demand for graphic designers continues to increase from advertisers and computer design firms.  Graphic designers are expected to face keen competition for available positions which is where the district's graphic design & illustration program becomes an important investment for students interested in this career.

A three year pathway is offered to FISD students at the Career & Technical Education Center.  Students can take the program prerequisite Digital and Interactive Media on their home campus as early as ninth grade. From there they have the option to begin the graphic design program.  If a student continues the program through senior year they will be placed in a graphic design internship.  

Below is an account from the two graphic design interns the district has at the Texas Legends

After being a part of the CTE's fabulous Graphic Design and Illustration program for the past two years, I have been blessed to hold a position with the Texas Legends NBA Developmental team as a design intern along  with my good friend, Hannah. The exposure I have gained by being in the Legends offices every week is invaluable, as I have gained both design experience for various kinds of media and real world communication skills.  As design interns, Hannah and I are responsible for producing various graphics used to promote the Legends, such as posters, ticket images, and social media images.

Legends ScheduleMy favorite project that I have created during my time at Legends is the "Balancing Books and Ball" poster created in partnership with Frisco ISD. The Legends worked with Dr. Lyons to create a poster that promoted both educational values and the Legends team. My experience at Legends has been instrumental in encouraging me to further pursue both Advertising and Graphic Design studies at Southern Methodist University in the Dallas after graduation. I am so thankful for the opportunities that Mrs. Bacon, the FISD CTE Center, and the Texas Legends have provided me throughout my high school career!   - Jolie Guz


I've been in the Graphic Design program at the CTE Center for the past two years, this year being my third and final year as an Intern. It's been such a rewarding and exciting experience. Being an intern at the Texas Legends office has been, not only fun, but given me a fantastic insight as to how an office functions and what having a career in graphic design could potentially be like. Jolie and I get to design tickets, posters, merchandise, social media graphics, and much more.
Legends TShirt
My favorite project was definitely designing one of the Texas Legends t-shirts for the 2014-15 season because it allowed me to be very creative. Knowing my shirt would be produced and purchased by fans was a dream come true. It's an amazing thing to see the work we're producing being utilized for people to see. I'm so thankful for the opportunity Jolie and I have been given, because we are gaining valuable real world experience that will help us have an advantage post high school.  
- Hannah Sears

To read about our other Intern Programs offered at the CTE Center please check out the archived stories below:

Focus on Marketing
Focus on Law
Focus on Graphic Design at the Legends
Focus on Video Production
Focus on Health Science II
Graphic Design Interns from April 2013

Source:  Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition*