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Foundation

Foundation

Introducing Our New Foundation Year

The First Year Experience

Our newly revamped foundation program will offer you, as a first-year student, an exciting start at the Hartford Art School. Our program introduces you to the fundamental processes and principles of art-making and design, while allowing you to explore specific topic areas of interest and develop at a professional level from your very first day.

Foundation studio classes sizes are intentionally small. Our professors, sensitive to the transition between high school and college, direct the content of your projects toward specific skill development. In our first-year foundation program, you will learn to analyze your work, and to show sensitivity and perception in your response to other students’ efforts and issues in art making. Your mind develops along with your eyes and hands, so that your ideas better translate into form and material. You will learn the art of classroom critique and discussion, as well as learn about the profession of being a contemporary artist in the 21st century.

Fall Semester

In the fall semester, you will enhance your visual sensitivity and begin to develop your perceptual, intellectual, and technical skills in four studio courses in the fundamental areas of Drawing, 2D Design, 3D Design, and 4D Design (2.5 credits each). Two additional fall semester courses – Issues in Art-Making (2 credits) and Academic Writing (3 credits) – will help you learn more about contemporary art and enable you to strengthen your writing skills. The fall semester culminates with the Foundation Program Exhibition in the art school’s Silpe Gallery.

Spring Semester

The spring semester’s unique design will enable you to continue development in the four core areas that are fundamental for art-making: Drawing, 2D Design, 3D Design, and 4D Design, while also allowing you to choose from a series of intensive studio courses in topic areas of your own interest. Spring semester studio courses (1.5 credits each) run for half of the semester (seven weeks). This enables you to create work in six different studio subjects.

A second semester of Issues in Art-Making (2 credits), Academic Writing (3 credits) and an additional three-credit academic course of your choice, will round out your first year.

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