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Hamilton Hall, Room 230 | 215-717-6420

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1500 Pine Street, Suite 100 | 215-717-6818

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 choose to immediately specialize in a field and those that do not discover their interest until the end of their first or second 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 Spring 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)
School Core (choose a course and section)
Liberal Arts (AHST / SIFT)  OR Drawing - DRAW 110 
First Year Writing - FYWT XXX (choose section of assigned course)
Elective - 1.5 credits (during Orientation)

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.

All first year CAMD students take IMAG 101 (Image/Time) and OBJT 101 (Object/Environment) their first semester.

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 or IMAG*101*05 & OBJT*101*05.

2. School Core

All first year CAMD students register for their choice of a School Core course.

Each school and college-wide program within the College of Art, Media, and Design provides a selection of courses for first year students. The School Core offers students the opportunity to begin coursework in their area of interest or the chance to explore new fields of study. 

Although students are free to choose courses that interest them, students may consider taking courses that help prepare them for their intended program of study. Below is a list of programs and the affiliated school:

Craft + Material Studies, Fine Arts, Photography School of Art SOAC*101
Graphic Design, Industrial Design School of Design DESN*101
Animation, Film + Video, Film + Animation, Film Design + Production School of Film** FILM*121
Illustration College-Wide Program ILUS*102
Photo + Film Media, Game Art School of Art, Design, Film or Illustration College-Wide Any Above

** Registration of FILM*121 also requires the registration of FILM*121S, the film screening section to the course. If this is your selection, ensure both are on your schedule.

*** Tip! View course descriptions for the above all at once and make your choice by clicking the Search button under School Core on your Progress page!

3. Liberal Arts/ Drawing

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
 DRAW 110 **
  Drawing: Objects and Space
Animation, Game Art, Interdisciplinary Fine Arts (Painting & Drawing), students in FYWT 009 

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

** DRAW 110 will fulfill 3 credits of free electives, but is not required of any program.

4. First Year Writing

New students are placed into one of three First Year Writing (FYW) courses: 

 FYWT 009  Fundamentals of Composition I
 FYWT 100  Fundamentals of Composition II
 FYWT 111  First Year Writing I 

Your FYW placement is based on standardized test scores and is included in the “First Year Students - Registration is Now Open” email from the Office of the Registrar. The specific section (day and time) is your choice. 

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

5. Electives

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