In your first year, you will learn the fundamental processes and principles of art making and design. By developing your perceptual, intellectual, and technical skills, you will enhance your visual sensitivity. The Freshman Foundation Program consists of four art and two academic courses per semester, with two full semesters each of drawing, two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, and issues in art making.
Foundation studio classes, which are limited to a maximum of 20 students, meet for 2½ hours, twice a week. Our professors are sensitive to the transition between high school and college and direct the content of the projects toward specific skill development. During this time, you learn to analyze your work, while developing sensitivity and perception in response to the efforts of your fellow students. Your mind is developed along with your eye and hand so that ideas can be better translated into form and material. You will also learn the art of classroom critique and discussion. The fall semester culminates with the Foundation Program Exhibition in the art school’s Silpe Gallery.
Foundation Drawing I and II are introductory, required courses designed for art students to investigate the different modes of drawing, both traditional and non-traditional. The intent of these courses is not only to impart technical skills in drawing, but also to investigate the nature of drawing as a way of seeing and organizing ideas and perceptions.
Foundation 2D Studio I and II are introductory courses required for all art students, with an emphasis on traditional and non-traditional two-dimensional studio techniques, use of materials, tools, and media. Foundation 2D Studio I focuses on black-and-white issues in design, while Foundation 2D Studio II focuses on color and composition. Emphasis is placed on problem solving through studio activity and relating theory and criticism to the art making activity.
Foundation 3D Studio I and II are introductory, required courses for all students that emphasizes traditional and non-traditional, three-dimensional studio techniques, tools, and media. Emphasis is placed on problem solving through studio activity and relating art theory and criticism to the studio.
Our dedicated faculty are extraordinary teachers in the classroom and recognized professional, practicing artists/designers exhibiting and working in their fields. Learn a little more about them now, and meet them in person when you visit during any of our events, tours, or portfolio review appointment.