Design Thinking at PCA&D

Design Thinking

The Associate of Arts in Design Thinking degree prepares you to become a strategic leader and design thinker in arts industries

When you complete the AA DTH degree, you will have obtained broad knowledge, practice, and experience in art-making; developed skills in visual, aural, and written communication; explored problems and tested solutions in a collaborative learning environment. 

In consultation with the faculty and the Office of the Registrar, in the second semester of your first year, you’ll declare your studio area of concentration. You may select: Animation & Game Art, Data Visualization, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Live Experience Design & Production, and Photography & Video.


You’ll complete traditional general educational studies as well as 21 credit hours in a studio. 

Total : 60 Credits

Year 1 : Fall Semester | 15 Credits

FD 101 Drawing I
FD 103 2-D Design
FD 112 Digital Media or FD 106 3-D Design
AH 110 Introduction to the History of Art & Visual Culture
FVC 101 Foundations of Verbal Communication I

Year 1 : Spring Semester | 15 Credits

FD 104 2-D Design II
FD 106 3-D Design or FD 112 Digital Media
FD 102 Drawing II
Liberal Arts Distribution Area Course (TBD)
FVC 102 Foundations of Verbal Communication II

Year 2 : Fall Semester | 15 Credits

Studio Area Course #1
Studio Area Course #2
Studio Area Course #3
Liberal Arts Distribution Area Course (TBD)
FVC 201 Communicating Through the Arts

Year 2 : Spring Semester | 15 Credits

Studio Area Course #4
Studio Area Course #5
Studio Area Course #6
Studio Area Course #7
DTH 200 Design Thinking Seminar I

Design Thinking at PCA&D

course goals

When you successfully complete the program, you’ll be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to use, at an advanced proficiency level, a range of studio and computer-based media and processes.
  • Formulate and develop a personal creative direction that results in artwork that is a union of concept, form, medium, and craft.
  • Formulate and apply critical and contextual analysis to your work and the work of others, while demonstrating an understanding of the visual arts and the relevancy of your work in the context of historic and contemporary art and the broader global culture.
  • Demonstrate deliberate and effective communication through informed and influential visual and verbal language.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of collaborative problem-solving, human-centered design, and the evolution of work from concept to prototype.

career opportunities

With an AA DTH degree you will have numerous career opportunities, including working at community-based art organizations, media companies, web or advertising agencies, and as a creative assistant, social media assistant, scenic artist, and design assistant.

who should enroll

The program is designed for a wide range of individuals. College experience is not a prerequisite for this program, but a fondness for working with data and visual design is essential. High school and college graduates, veterans, professionals, and entrepreneurs will be among those who bring their diverse perspectives to the program.

How to register

Enrolling in this program is simple, just fill out an application. 

If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie Kern, our Admissions Transfer & Outreach Coordinator, at 717.396.7833 ext 1014 or email bkern@pcad.edu.