Career Preparation // Professionalism
Academy Card Group Design

This activity allows students to create a design for a business card that represents their academy.

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You will work in groups to design a business card for our academy. The design should include symbols that reflect our theme or show what is special about our academy.

You can use the blank Business Card Design Sketch and put down your group number.

Teacher Notes

Arrange them into groups of 4 and assign a number to each group. Give each group about 15 minutes to sketch a design that might become a standardized card for all the students (and faculty?) in the Academy. Tell them to include all the elements they’ve just been discussing. There is a Business Card Design Sketch form they can use and a place to put down their group number.

If students have access to a computer, they can search the web for examples of designs and layouts (and do their draft on the computer).

When groups are done with their design, have them pass them around for other groups to look at. Ask students to jot down the number of the card they like the best. When everyone has had a chance to look at all the designs, take a vote to decide which will be the Academy Internship Card.

Decide how the card should be finalized and printed.

Assessment Notes

Completion of worksheet

Return to Career Readiness
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