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Graduates of Tampa Bay Tech’s Commercial Art Academy now working for Pixar and Disney

Tampa public high school has an impressive alumni
Tampa Bay Tech Commercial Art Academy
Posted at 3:46 AM, Sep 06, 2019

TAMPA, Fla. — Tampa Bay Tech senior Sophia Alonso has a dream.

And it involves Netflix.

“My dream job would probably be a graphic designer for different television shows,” says Sophia.

For some Tampa Bay area students, this dream might seem a little far-reaching.

For Sophia, a star in her high school’s Commercial Art Academy, seeing her work on Netflix is a very realistic goal.

The Commercial Art Academy is one of the most impressive public high school programs in the State of Florida.

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There is a 300-student waiting list to get into CAA.

“We have alumni working with Universal, Pixar, Disney, several film studios, several big ad agencies around the country,” says head instructor Edward Bayonet.

The four-year program involves everything from pen and pencil illustration to computer graphic design. There is also a photography studio to help students integrate different media.

Schools on both sides of the bay have started following CAA’s lead with similar programs.

Not only does CAA build great artists and illustrators, learning how to create for themselves and for potential employers, it builds pretty good people, too.

“Being creative and expressing themselves, these students begin to come out of their shell,” says Bayonet.