First-Year Experience

Your first year at CCAD will help you develop skills that will take you from a creative who thinks they belong at an art and design school to one who knows they do.

In CCAD's First-Year Experience, you'll be introduced to the physical and digital tools you’ll use throughout your time in college. You’ll ask yourself and others meaningful questions through processes like critiques that support your growth as an artist and designer. You’ll collaborate with your classmates to deepen your problem solving skills. And you’ll take classes in liberal arts that will help sharpen your critical thinking and communication abilities.

By the end of your first year, you’ll know how to track a creative idea from start to finish, how to go deeper into the process of making (not just focus on the finished product!), and how to look for multiple solutions to a problem. And all of that will make you a better, more confident artist or designer.

Course Spotlight

2D Creative Practices

Introduction to creative design using 2D, 3D, and 4D approaches. Learn the basics of color theory, how to create effective layouts and develop effective solutions while using traditional and digital tools.

First Year Experience Course of Study

Academic Year

Fall 2023 - Spring 2024

Total Credit Hours


First-Year Fall

Course Title
Systems of Drawing
2D Creative Practices

First-Year Spring

Course Title
What Can Drawing Do
Drawing for Entertainment Design
3D Making with Care

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