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There are a number of options for earning college credits at CPAVTS. It is important that students work with the Admissions Office at the school they plan on attending. Our Student Services office will help to guide students through this process as well.


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All CPAVTS programs are approved by the Department of Education. Because of this, the following list of colleges have agreed to give CPAVTS students credit for the following courses when students enroll and meet the following requirements:

  1. 1.  Graduate from high school. 
  2. 2.  Earn a 2.5 GPA in the courses in your program area. 
  3. 3.  Earn a score of “Advanced” or “Competent” on the NOCTI exam.  
  4. 4.  Successfully complete all tasks on the Program of Study task list.

Bucks County Community College

VAFA 161 - Printmaking/Silkscreen
VAGD 100 - Introduction to Desktop Publishing
VAMM 100 - Digital Imaging

Community College of Beaver County

VISC 220 - Digital Photography
VISC 105 - Digital Illustration
VISC 115 - Digital Imaging

Butler County Community College

COMM 214 - Introduction to Graphic Arts Production

Harrisburg Area Community College-HACC

ART 105 - Fundamentals of Two-Dimensional Design

Pennsylvania College of Technology

AAE XXX - Applied Arts Elective
ART 180 - Drawing
PNP 128 - PreMedia I



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To receive advanced placement credit, the following criteria are required:

The student must graduate from high school and have completed the courses listed above with a grade of “B” or higher; meet the admission policy requirement of The Art Institute of Pittsburgh; and be admitted as a degree-seeking student within 15 months of high school graduation. The student must submit:

a)  A completed High School Student Request for Articulated Credit form to apply for articulated credit (listed above) from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

b)  An official high school transcript indicating the grade received in the course(s) listed above as well as the date of graduation.

The following supplemental criteria may be required as applicable:

c) A portfolio of student work or samples of projects completed.

d) A letter of recommendation on school letterhead from the high school teacher and/or counselor confirming the student has achieved the knowledge and skills for the course competencies required.

e)  Any other evidence of student learning that the Institute believes demonstrates the award of credit to this particular student is merited.

FNDA 105  Design Fundamentals  3 Credits
FNDA 110 Observational Drawing 3 Credits
FNDA 135 Image Manipulation 3 Credits
FNDA 150 Digital Color Theory 3 Credits
G131 Typography 3 Credits
G150 Introduction to Design Applications 3 Credits



NOCTI / NCCRS: By scoring at or above 70% on an approved NOCTI Test, students may earn articulated credit at many institutions. Click Here for more information and to see lists of participating school.