Aug 10, 2020  
2012-2013 University Catalogue 
2012-2013 University Catalogue [Archived Catalogue]

College of Art, Media & Design

Colleges & Divisions 
Office of the Dean     Introduction to the College     Common Learning Outcomes     History of the College     Exhibition Program

  Schools in CAMD

   School of Art 
   School of Design 
   School of Film 
   CAMD Cross-College 








Office of the Dean

Christopher Sharrock \ \ 215.717.6120

Jeff Ryder \ \ 215.717.6562
Associate Dean

Regina Barthmaier \ \ 215.717.6120
Assistant to the Dean

Megan Storti \ \ 215.717.6024
Assistant to the Dean

Anderson Hall Room 802 | 215.717.6022 | CAMD Website

Introduction to the College

The College of Art, Media, and Design is comprised of undergraduate and graduate programs in Design, Visual Arts, and Film. The College’s curricula focus on different forms of specialized knowledge and practice that enable artists and designers to create particular kinds of expressive artifacts. Art, media, and design are modes of problem solving, of understanding and analyzing phenomena, of advancing arguments or developing insights, these programs teach not only skills and discipline-specific knowledge but also a way of thinking, understanding and knowing.

In addition to educating students and preparing them for professional success and leadership in their fields, the College produces artists and designers who have the capacity to be creatively self-sustaining and self-critical. Graduates from these programs are able to generate and evaluate new challenges for themselves and are willing to take chances, to fail, and to start over again. These values and capabilities enable our graduates to succeed as artists and to become engaged, intelligent, creative individuals, and citizens.

Common Learning Outcomes for CAMD

  • A coherent critical position with regard to demonstrating a detailed awareness and understanding of key historical and contemporary debates and contexts in art, design, and film.

  • A sustained and well-developed research methodology that is critically engaged with their specialist field(s) of study.

  • The integration of concepts, processes and skills in order to realize, select, and present their intentions as a coherent body of work.

  • Independence in planning and organizing their own learning, relating to all aspects of their work, through a process of analysis, reflection, and self-evaluation.

  • The ability to deploy a wide range of transferable skills, including visual and verbal communication, time-management, planning, initiative, and problem solving, to equip them for professional practice, further study, or employment.

History of the College

In 1876 the Pennsylvania Museum and the School of Industrial Art were founded together in response to the growing interest in art and art education stirred by the country’s Centennial Exposition. In 1949 the school became the Philadelphia Museum School of Art and began granting degrees as an accredited institution in 1949. The Philadelphia College of Art (PCA) separated from the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1964 and became part of the Philadelphia Colleges of Art in 1985.

The College of Art, Media and Design was formed in 2011 by joining the College of Art and Design and the College of Media and Communication

Exhibition Program

The Exhibition Program showcases major contemporary exhibitions related to the University’s diverse academic curricula in design, crafts, and the fine arts.

Over the years, the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, the University’s primary exhibition space, has attracted national and international artists to the campus. Artists who have had one-person exhibitions in the gallery include Vito Acconci, Richard Amsel, Siah Armajani, Alice Aycock, Willie Cole, Gregory Crewdsen, Robert Crumb, Rosalyn Drexler, John Duff, Richard Fleishner, April Gornik, Lois Greenfield, Alex Grey, John Hejduk, James Hyde, Daniel Jackson, Maira Kalman, Barbara Kasten, Mel Kendrick, Jon Kessler, Donald Lipski, Salvatore Meo, Henry Moore, Ree Morton, Robert Motherwell, Isamu Noguchi, Thomas Nozkowski, Jack Pierson, Irving Penn, Anne and Patrick Poirer, Quay Brothers, Yvonne Rainer, Judith Shea, Pat Steir, Lenore Tawney, Paul Thek, George Trakas, and Lebbeus Woods. In addition, the gallery has presented notable historic exhibitions of design: Philippe Apeloig, Geoffrey Beene, Alexei Brodovich, Czech Cubism, Charles Eames, Dan Friedman, Frogdesign, Milton Glaser, Keith Goddard, Daniel Jackson, Matthew Liebowitz, Memphis, Milano, and Samuel Yellin.

Additional exhibition spaces in Dorrance Hamilton Hall Galleries, the Solmssen Court Gallery, and the Window on Broad furnish opportunities for faculty, alumni, students, and regional talents. Nearly every department also launches its own series of exhibits.

The galleries in Media Arts, The Mednick and Gallery 1401, The Art Education Gallery, the Fine Arts Galleries, Gallery 817, and the Printmaking/Book Arts Gallery, the Sculpture Gallery, the Richard C. von Hess Illustration Gallery and the Multimedia Gallery all show works of emerging and established artists. Student-run invitational and juried exhibitions in Gallery One give students the experience of curating and installing shows. Museum Exhibition Planning and Design MFA students gain experience and skills from their practical work in the galleries. Highlights of the year are the Annual Student Show, a featured Commencement event, and Senior Student and Master of Fine Arts exhibitions.
Borowsky Center for Publication Arts

The Borowsky Center for Publication Arts is a unique educational arm of the University providing students, staff, faculty, and visiting artists a resource to explore the creative potential inherent in the offset lithographic printing medium. The Center enables qualified users to experience the complete graphic arts process from initial conceptualization through production, while maintaining the highest printing standards. The Center is equipped with a Heidelberg Kors 19 x 25 offset press, a Dos horizontal camera, a darkroom for shooting and developing negatives, and platemaking and stripping facilities. Staffed with a master printer and student assistants, the Borowsky Center produces a wide variety of printed material including posters, catalogs, brochures, announcements, limited edition prints and artists’ books. The Center’s Fact Sheet, which includes all procedures for project submittal, is available in the CAMD Dean’s office.