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Design, Art + Technology, Bachelor of Fine Arts

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Michelle Rothwell \ \ 215.717.6571
Program Director


Mission:  We would like our students to challenge and rethink existing interfaces and interactions in order to create new experiences and application.  By questioning and responding to the world today, our student will envision and shape the world tomorrow.

Design, Art + Technology recognizes the convergence of media. Using the building blocks of image, sound, text and interactivity, design, art + technology majors hone their creativity and integrate their skills, developing websites, dynamic web and mobile phone applications, virtual and physical computing environments, motion graphics, and even businesses. The program will prepare you for the changing landscape of technology, while ensuring you have a strong foundation in both art, design, and media.

The BFA in Design, Art + Technology champions collaboration, creativity, exploration, research and analysis, risk-taking, and experimentation. The modular curriculum balances practice and theory, thinking and making. Students focus on their own creativity and imagination, while using technology as a tool rather than an end goal.The flexibility of the design, art + technology program allows students to tailor their education toward their interests and career goals, while being allowed to take major courses in other departments across campus. Students are encouraged to expand their horizons, suit their needs and satisfy their curiosity. During their time here as undergraduates, many design, art + technology students are able to complete multiple internships and work on various freelance projects.

Program Objectives

  • To integrate multiple mediums of image, text, sound, physical objects, space and interactivity;
  • To combine research and studio practice through inquiry and iteration;
  • To adapt to constantly changing technological paradigms by learning how to learn; skills acquisition;
  • To collaborate across disciplines;
  • To adopt and use professional practices; To possess cultural literacy.

Program Requirements (126 credits)

University Common Curriculum (4.5 Credits)

Additional information available on the University Common Curriculum  page.

CAMD College Core (18 credits)

Required CAMD Core


  • Select 1 course from subjects: IMAG or TIME


  • Select 1 course from subjects: OBJT or ENVI


  • Select 2 courses from subjects: IMAG, TIME, OBJT, or ENVI

CAMD School Core (6 credits)

All CAMD students are required to complete 6 credits of School Core coursework during their first three semesters.  Students are free to select courses from any school or cross-college program.  Refer to the CAMD School Core  page for additional information.

Discipline History (12 Credits)

Liberal Arts Distribution (30 credits)

Humanities Seminar (3 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subject HUMS

Period Interpretation (6 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subject PIPT
  • Select 1 course from subject PITC

Scientific Inquiry Foundation Track (3 credits)

  • Select 1 course from subject SIFT

Liberal Arts Electives (12 credits)

  • Select courses from subjects:
    • AHST (Art History), HIST (History)
    • ARAB (Arabic), FRCH (French), ITAL (Italian), LITT (Literature)
    • PHIL (Philosophy), RELI (Religion)
    • MATH (Math), SCIE (Science)
    • ANTH (Anthropology), PHIL (Philosophy), PSYC (Psychology), SOCI (Sociology)
    • STCU (Cultural Studies), STDA (Dance Studies), STGS (Gender & Sexuality Studies),
      STMU (Music Studies), STPF (Performance Studies) 
  • Select courses from  : Art History or LA Elective.

Electives (22.5 credits)

Free Electives (15 credits)

Complete 15 credits of free electives. This requirement is satisfied by any undergraduate course that isn’t required by the program.

Studio Electives (7.5 credits)

Complete 7.5 credits of studio electives.  This requirement is satisfied by any undergraduate studio course that isn’t required by the program.