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Hamilton Hall, Room 230 | 215-717-6420

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A program designed for you with a flexible dynamic curriculum

The first year provides students with the technical, intellectual, and artistic framework they need to embark on more advanced study in the fields of art, media or design. It is designed to accommodate both students who already know what field they wish to study and those who discover their interest over the course of their first year.


You should bring these supplies for the first week of class.

First Semester

The first semester of study is comprised of the following 16.5 credits of courseworkComplete your Fall 2017 schedule in the Self Service Student Planning module using the following key as a guide. Please review our Self Service instructions for assistance.

We recommend making your selections in the listed order, choosing the courses with the most options of available times last to prevent schedule conflicts:

College Core - IMAG 101 (choose section, same # as OBJT)
College Core - OBJT 101 (choose section, same # as IMAG)
College Core - DRAW 110 (choose section, same # as OBJT/IMAG) or  FILM 124 / FILM 124S **
Liberal Arts (AHST / SIFT) 
First Year Writing - COMP XXX (choose section of assigned course)
Elective - 1.5 credits (during Orientation)

** Students intending to major in Film + Video should choose FILM 124 and its screening section, FILM 124S. All other students should choose DRAW 110.

1. College Core

CAMD College Core Studies provide a shared foundation for all CAMD students that introduces major themes, central concepts, and modes of making in art, design, and film.

Students complete these courses in a cohort and are required to register for the same section of each course.  For example a student will register for IMAG*101*01 / OBJT*101*01 / DRAW*110*01 or IMAG*101*05 / OBJT*101*05 / DRAW*110*05.

Students intending to major in Film + Video who will instead take FILM*124 do not choose a section corresponding to their IMAG/OBJT selection.

2. Liberal Arts

CAMD students take one of the following during their first semester. Students who have decided on a program of study should consider the following recommendations when making their choice:

Recommended Course Intended Program of Study
 AHST 101
   Art History Survey I
Animation, Craft + Material Studies, Game Art, Illustration, Fine Arts, Photography, Photo + Film Media
 AHST 102
   Art History Survey II
Animation, Craft + Material Studies, Game Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Fine Arts, Photography, Photo + Film Media
 Scientific Inquiry Foundation Track
Film + Animation, Film + Video, Industrial Design

* Find SIFT courses in Student Planning by clicking the search icon in SIFT requirement block on the Progress page

3. First Year Writing

New students are placed into one of three English Composition courses: 

 COMP 099  Foundations of Composition
 COMP 101  Composition Fundamentals I
 COMP 111  Written Composition I

Your composition pre-placement is based on standardized test scores and is listed in both the registration email from the Office of the Registrar and on the Test Scores page in Student Planning

All students take a composition placement test in August to determine final placement.

**Please note there are 17 sections of COMP 111. Be sure to advance the arrows to compare all sections!

4. Electives

During Orientation, students will have an opportunity to meet with advisors and discuss elective options to round out their schedules.