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Art and Design


The Art and Design curriculum leads to the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree for students planning to transfer to baccalaureate programs or professional art schools after study at Community College of Philadelphia. This curriculum prepares students for either a B.F.A. (Bachelor of Fine Arts) or a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) program.

The curriculum has been designed to be consistent with the foundation program of art schools and art programs at four-year colleges.  Because transferability is most important, students will develop skills accordingly and also prepare a comprehensive transfer portfolio. 

As a select program, students are required to submit a portfolio of work and schedule an interview prior to declaring their major.  This portfolio may consist of materials from previous course work (at the college or high school level) or self-directed work.  Portfolios should include 10-12 pieces for review, ideally from various art disciplines (2D, 3D, graphic design, etc.).

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in basic foundation level 2D and 3D design concepts, including perceptual drawing.
  • Utilize learned technical studio and/or computer-based skills to realize and test visual ideas and concepts.
  • Use a wide range of materials and means of expression to communicate visual ideas.
  • Critically interpret and analyze visual concepts.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the arts through associated terminology, historical practices and contemporary developments.

Program Entry Requirements:

Applicants to the program must submit a portfolio with 8 to 10 pieces of original art work to demonstrate ability, talent and originality, though potential rather than competence is the primary measure for admission.

Students are required to take the College's placement tests at their time of entry. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as a part of their degree program.

Program Of Study And Graduation Requirements:

Students in the Art and Design curriculum must complete a series of General Education requirements that include English 101 and 102, college-level math, CIS 103, a Social Science and a Natural Science elective in addition to the program specific courses.  English 101 and CIS 103 are expected to be completed within the first 30 credits.  To qualify for the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree in Art and Design, a student must complete a minimum of 63 credit hours as prescribed and attain a grade point average of 2.0 or better and no grade below "C" in any program core and directed elective course.

Art and Design Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.

First Semester

ART 105 - Drawing I   3  
ART 125 - Design I (black and white)   3  
ART 111 - 3-D Design I   3  
ART 150 - Intro to Computer Art/Graphics   3  
ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 ENGL 101

Second Semester

ART 106 - Drawing II ART 105 3  
ART 126 - Design II ART 125 3  
ART 112 - 3-D Design II ART 111 3  
ART 103 - History of Art: Ancient to Renaissance   3 Interpretive Studies
AM/Global Diversity
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology   3 Tech Comp

Third Semester

ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 ENGL 102 Info Lit
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra (or higher)   3 Mathematics
ART 290 - Portfolio Prep ART 106, ART 111, ART 125 3  
ART 207 - Drawing III ART 106 3  
ART 104 - History of Art: Renaissance to Modern   3 Humanities
Directed Elective - Choose ONE from list below   3  

Fourth Semester

Social Science Elective   3 Social Sciences
ART 208 - Drawing IV ART 207 3  
Directed Elective - choose TWO from list below   6  
Natural Science Elective   3/4 Natural Science

Directed Electives (3 ARE NEEDED)

ART 109 - Ceramics I      
ART 115 - Painting I      
ART 151 - Graphic Design I Art 150 prereq. for Art 151    
ART 205 - Modern American Art Art 103 and Art 104 prereq. for Art 205    
ART 209 - Ceramics II Art 109 prereq. for Art 209    
ART 215 - Painting II Art 115 prereq. for Art 215    
ART 251 - Graphic Design II Art 151 prereq. for Art 251    
PHOT 101 - Introduction to 35mm Film Camera and Darkroom Techniques      
PHOT 151 - Digital Imaging      

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 63

General Education Requirements

All General Education requirements are met through required courses (as indicated above) except for the Writing Intensive requirement. Therefore, in order to graduate, students in this program must choose one course that is designated Writing Intensive. The same course may be used to fulfill both requirements. View the courses that fulfill all degree requirements and receive a more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements to help in your selection.

For More Information Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.