Overview

The Pathways to Art + Design Certificate prepares students for a high level education in the creative arts and sciences. Students will develop their critical thinking skills, as well as cultivate their own unique perspective through writing and composition. Any credits earned in the Pathways to Art + Design Certificate may be used towards BFA degrees at RMCAD in Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration or Interior Design.
Features
To prepare students for an art and design education, the Pathways to Art + Design certificate begins with ACAD 1000 Academic Connections for Artists + Designers. This course introduces students to critical thinking and explores methodological connections between Liberal Arts and Foundations. In Composition I and II, students engage in a variety of academic texts, literature, and literary, aesthetic, and social criticism. By exploring a variety of writing styles, analyzing elements of form and mechanics, and engaging all aspects of the writing process, students find and demonstrate their writing voice, and write with greater authority, clarity and insight. Visual Design 1 focuses on the principles and practices of 2-D design and color theory, providing a foundation for composition theory, vocabulary, and problem solving in art and design. Digital Image Making introduces students to a common body of knowledge of hardware and software programs and processes. Students investigate the creation and manipulation of digital images for functional and creative use. Finally, in the last course, students can choose one course from the field of Arts History, Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration, or Interior Design.
Topics
Academic Connections for Artists + Designers
ACAD1000(3 Credits)

This required entry-level course assists students in their transition into the RMCAD academic community. The class assists students in building skills to recognize, understand, and successfully implement various creative, writing, and reading processes; self-assessment; learning styles and study habits; critical thinking, inquiry, and pedagogy; research skills and writing styles; community engagement; and critique. At the conclusion of this course students will have an enhanced understanding of the skills and motivation necessary to be successful in college, as well as have developed academic and personal strategies that can be applied to their academic career at RMCAD and after graduation. In addition, students will have strengthened their formal writing, critical thinking and research skills. Criteria for Waiving ACAD 1000 for online and on-campus students: Previous Bachelors degree (from an accredited school)

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Composition I
EN 1110(3 Credits)

This is the first, course in the Communication + Critical Thought sequence and serves as an introduction to college-level reading, writing, discussion, and critical thinking. Students engage in a variety of academic texts, literature, and literary, aesthetic, and social criticism. By exploring a variety of writing styles, analyzing elements of form and mechanics, and engaging all aspects of the writing process, students find and demonstrate their writing voice, and write with greater authority, clarity and insight. By the end of this course students will develop their writing and critical thinking skills through critical reading, class discussion, and their own writing. (Formerly CCT 1020) Prerequisites: none

Composition II
EN 1111(3 Credits)

Composition II is the second part of the Communication + Critical Thought sequence. It emphasizes critical thinking, reading, and writing skills by engaging students in all aspects of the writing process. At the conclusion of the course, students have encountered a variety of academic texts, participated in critical discourses regarding the content, meaning and function of these texts, and have developed their thinking through written responses to the readings. Students also have been formally introduced to academic research, and are expected to complete a formal research paper by the end of the semester. (Formerly CCT 1030) Prerequisites: EN 1110 Composition I

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Graphic Design Junior Portfolio Review
GD 3000(0 Credits)

Students who have completed over 60 credit hours are required to participate in a mid-career portfolio review before reaching 90 credits. This review is designed to identify students’ strengths and weaknesses so that they may address both in their upcoming major coursework. Prerequisites: none

Possible Careers
  • Art + Design Intern
  • Art + Design Bachelors Student