Core Studies (the foundation to art and design education)

Skills learned at CCAD go beyond the artistry. Our Core Studies ensure that students graduate ready to face the world and succeed in their professional field of choice. 

Core Studio

CORE Studio provides robust interdisciplinary experience in a broad array of digital applications, traditional and hybrid media and experimental processes. Designed to complement your work within your area of specialization, CORE ensures that you’ll collaborate with students from other majors. First-year courses develop essential software skills through practice in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. You'll also take intro courses dedicated your major, emphasizing studio practice through project research in both historical and contemporary contexts.

After the first year, CORE concentrates on technical studies (second year), conceptual studies (third year) and professional studies (fourth year).


Core First-Year

This requirement covers foundational courses for students in all majors. They will learn drawing, design, technology, and business. 


Core Studio (Sophomore Year)

CCAD prepares students for a collaborative creative environment by teaching technical skills outside the major of choice. 


Core Studio (Junior Year)

Students will learn how to think conceptually and work with students from many different majors. 


Core Practicum (Senior Year)

The core practicum teaches students the skills they need to succeed professionally with other artists and designers. 

Core Liberal Arts

It’s about the work. But it’s also about how you look at the world. To be a successful artist or designer in today’s culture, you have to be professional, multi-faceted and adaptable. Your education at CCAD means gaining the technical skills to hone your craft while learning how to think critically and conceptually. Along with your major courses, you'll also explore writing, literature, philosophy, business, art and design history, social science, physical science, and math. CORE Liberal Arts coursework complements and supports our college’s art and design programs by broadening your understanding of what it means to be an art student. Starting in your first year, CORE Liberal Arts courses encourage you to engage with your world intellectually, philosophically and culturally.


History of Art & Design

It's all about the work, but it's also about how students look at the world. This core class teaches how their major of choice fits in the history of art and design. 


Writing, Literature & Philosophy

This class focuses on teaching how to communicate about and bringing meaning to the student's work. 


Science & Social Science

From anatomy to chemistry, science informs art and design. Students will gain a broader perspective and will be able to apply it to their works.


Business, Entrepreneurship, & Math

After they have learned how to do the work, CCAD teaches them how to make money.  


 

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Course information

Check out the course requirements chart on the CORE flyer.

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Faculty

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Janet Beard
Adjunct Instructor
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Jordan Bell
Assistant Director of Career Services
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Student Affairs
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David Bennett
Associate Professor
Advertising & Graphic Design
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Brice Bunner
Adjunct Instructor
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David Burghy
Professor
Industrial Design
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Joshua Butts
Associate Director of CORE Liberal Arts
Department Head of Writing, Literature, and Philosophy
Assistant Professor
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Masters of Fine Arts
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Program Liaison, Fine Arts and History of Art and Visual Culture
Adjunct Instructor, CORE Studio
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Evelyn Christner
Adjunct Instructor
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Tom Davis
Adjunct Instructor
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Maggie DiVito
Adjunct Instructor
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John Donahue
Adjunct Instructor
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Elizabeth Douglas
Adjunct Instructor
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Irmak Ertuna Howison
Adjunct Instructor
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Lori Faist
Coordinator of CORE Studio Technology
Assistant Professor
CORE Studies
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Sonya Fix
Department Head of ESL
Assistant Professor
CORE Studies
Masters of Design
Masters of Fine Arts
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Charlene Fix
Professor Emeritus
CORE Studies
Alice Frenz
Associate Professor
CORE Studies
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Andy Havens
Adjunct Instructor
Advertising & Graphic Design
CORE Studies
Hiroshi Hayakawa
Professor
Photography
CORE Studies
Masters of Fine Arts
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Eric Homan
Assistant Professor
CORE Studies
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Jessie Horning
Adjunct Instructor
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Lesley Jenike
Associate Professor
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Robyn Jenkins
Adjunct Instructor
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Mike Laughead
Chair of Illustration
Assistant Professor
Illustration
Comics & Narrative Practice
CORE Studies
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Elizabeth Leidy
Adjunct Instructor
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Angel Lemke
Adjunct Instructor
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Robert Loss
Assistant Professor
Comics & Narrative Practice
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Masters of Fine Arts
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Elaine Luttrul
Adjunct Instructor
Assistant Professor
CORE Studies
Masters of Design
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Andrew McCauley
Associate Director of CORE Studies
Assistant Professor
Masters of Fine Arts
CORE Studies
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Laurenn McCubbin
Assistant Professor
Comics & Narrative Practice
CORE Studies
Masters of Fine Arts
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History of Art & Visual Culture
Matthew Mitchem
Assistant Professor
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Terry Monnett
Adjunct Instructor, CORE Studio
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Teresa Neill-Green
Adjunct Instructor, CORE Studio
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Jonathan Politi
Adjunct Instructor, CORE Studio
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Kevin Rapp
Adjunct Instructor
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Maria Romasco-Moore
Adjunct Instructor, CORE Studio
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Mandy Root-Thompson
Adjunct Instructor
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Rachael Rush
Adjunct Instructor, CORE Studio
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Raj Shroff
Adjunct Instructor, CORE Studio
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Masters of Design
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Anna Soter
Adjunct Instructor
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Jeremy Stoll
Assistant Professor
Department Head
CORE Studies
Grace Strattan
Adjunct Instructor
CORE Studies
Jayne Struble
Adjunct Instructor, CORE Studio
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Jason Tharp
Adjunct Instructor, CORE Studio
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Ernest Viveiros
Professor
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Paige Webb
Adjunct Instructor, CORE Studio
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Kim Webb
Adjunct Instructor, CORE Studio
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Laura Weiser
Adjunct Instructor, CORE Studio
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Rachael Wingo
Adjunct Instructor, CORE Studio
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