Institute of Graphic Art and Design

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    Program Overview:
    Our institution offers classes in both two and three-dimensional art, as well as the digital arts. Students will become educated in the Adobe Suite, which will then lead to the opportunity of earning certifications. This program is accessible to students from all backgrounds and experience levels. Graduates will be prepared to enter the competitive artistic marketplace.

    Important Resources:

    Magnet Application Information

    Applications for the 2024-2025 school year will open on January 16, 2024 and close at 4:00 p.m. on February 13, 2024.  You must have the application completed by 4:00 on that day in order to be considered for the first round of review.  Any applications after that time will be processed as a late application.  The link to the application will be on the district’s magnet website (  The open house schedule, as well as links to each program are also on that site. 

    If you have program specific questions, please contact us at the school.  For general questions, please contact the district magnet office by emailing or by calling 352-955-7121.


    Application Requirements

    • The minimum requirement is a 2.5 GPA, no more than 10 unexcused absences, discipline including current and prior school year: no "major" referrals and no more than 4 out-of-school suspension days.  
    • Essay Required: All high school applicants will answer one short answer response prompt (300 words or less): "Describe in detail something you are passionate about or something that motivates you."

    4 Year Curriculum Plan:

    9th Grade:

    • Fall: 2/D Studio Art 1
    • Spring: Digital Media/Multimedia Foundations 1- Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator certification opportunity

    10th Grade:

    • Fall: Drawing and Painting 1
    • Spring: Digital Media/Multimedia Foundations 2- Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator & InDesign certification opportunity

    11th Grade:

    • Fall: 3/D Studio Art 1
    • Spring: Digital Media/Multimedia Foundations 3- Adobe InDesign and Toon Boom Storyboard Pro certification opportunity

    12th Grade:

    • Fall: Portfolio Development
    • Spring: Digital Media/Multimedia Foundations 4- Toon Boom Storyboard Pro & Harmony certification opportunity


    Additional Course Offerings:

    • 2/D Studio Art 2
    • 2/D Studio Art 3
    • Drawing/Painting 2
    • 3/D Studio Art 2
    • Portfolio Development 2


    What do the Visual Arts teach us?

    • The arts teach students how to make good judgments about qualitative relationships.
    • The arts teach students that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer.
    • The arts celebrate multiple perspectives.
    • The arts teach students that in complex forms of problem-solving, purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstances and opportunity.
    • The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we know.
    • The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects.
    • The arts teach students to think through and within a material.
    • The arts help students learn to say what cannot be said.
    • The arts enable us to have experiences we can have from no other source and to discover the range of what we are capable of feeling.
    • The arts’ position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults believe is important.

    Author: Elliot Eisner

    Come see where the most creative students in Alachua County thrive!



Phone: 352-955-6839 ext. 5733


Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. St. Peter

Mandy St. Peter is a mixed media artist who experiments in multiple disciplines, such as drawing, painting, and digital art. Ms. St. Peter has recently graduated from the University of Florida, specializing in Art Education. As a former IGAD student, she is enthusiastic about guiding students to explore the world, improving problem solving skills, strengthening communication techniques, and more through the creative process.