Jan 29, 2020  
2017-2018 University Catalogue 
2017-2018 University Catalogue [Archived Catalogue]

CAMD Core Studies

Programs   >  Programs in the College of Art, Media, & Design  
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Charles Cooper \ ccooper@uarts.edu \ 215.717.6210
Co-Director for CAMD Core Studies

Larry Mitnick \ lmitnick@uarts.edu \ 215.717.6210
Co-Director for CAMD Core Studies


Courses in the Core Studies are generalist in scope and introduce students to major themes, central concepts, and modes of making in art, design and film. Core Studies integrates these areas through an interdisciplinary approach, revealing their similarities and interconnection. Students develop skills in Core Studies that are transferable among CAMD’s Schools. Manual and digital technologies are incorporated into the curriculum. Writing, reading, and research are also integrated into the courses to help students realize the connection among art history, critical reading and writing and their studio practice. Students work individually and collaboratively, engaging in an artistic community and using the city as a resource.

Program Objectives

The program will:

  • expose students to diverse ways of thinking creatively, experimenting imaginatively and making art inventively
  • help to prepare students for more advanced, increasingly specialized study
  • support students’ transition to the University
  • promote the integration of practice with research, analysis, and reflection
  • foster critical thinking, cultural and historical understanding, and analytical skills by incorporating seminar content and linking studio courses with Liberal Arts courses
  • encourage interaction among students of diverse educational backgrounds and interests
  • increase cross-disciplinary activity
  • enable collaboration
  • strengthen community

Programs Requirements

All students in the College of Art, Media, and Design are required to complete 18 credits from the College Core.

University Common Curriculum (4.5 credits)

Additional information available on the University Common Curriculum  page.

CAMD School Core (6 credits)

All CAMD students are required to complete 6 credits of School Core coursework after completing Core Studies.  Students are free to select courses from any school or college-wide program.