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 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).
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.
Student and alumni works