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 connects students to the College’s supportive resources, communicates RMCAD’s expectations of students, teaches skills for academic and personal success, develops peer-to-peer relationships, and motivates students to persist through the challenges of higher education. These outcomes will be achieved in a student-centered learning environment through a combination of group discussion, out-of-class reading and assignments, and reflective journaling. 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.

Certificate Elective
(3 Credits)

Choose from one of the following courses as an elective to complete the certificate program: Art History I: Ancient to Medieval, Foundations of Animation, Type + Layout, Mastering the Pencil, Introduction to Sustainable Design, or Survey of Interior Design.

Composition I
EN1110(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.

Composition II
EN1111(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.

Digital Image Making
FD1110(3 Credits)

This course introduces students to the use of the computer as an image-making tool used across all art/design disciplines. Students are introduced to Photoshop and Illustrator techniques, as well to printing and type management. At the conclusion of this course, students will demonstrate their ability to solve visual, compositional, and technical problems on Mac/PC platforms.

Visual Design I
FD1115(3 Credits)

This course investigates the language, theories, and practices of color and two-dimensional design in the visual arts. This course familiarizes students with the basic relationships between color and compositional practices such as space, unity, emphasis, balance, rhythm, and proportion.

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