All first-year students in the School of Art + Design take classes through the Foundations Program. These courses help you to build a groundwork of conceptual and technical skills necessary to excel in any of the school’s programs of study. The coursework is research-based with a focus on four sections: Structure, Description, Image, and Function. You’ll participate in one lecture and four studio courses, where you’ll get to create across 2D, 3D, and 4D modes.
This is a unique opportunity to gain professional insight and direction early in your development. The Foundations instructors integrate studio practice with the history of criticism of art and design. They also promote and enact a diverse definition of artist and designer such as critic, writer, educator and provocateur.
Art 1240: Critical Perspectives
Emphasizes the historical and theoretical contexts and approaches that inform contemporary artistic practice, critical thinking and the analysis of visual culture.
Art 1200: Description
Observational and perceptual approaches are practiced and examined through a variety of drawing methods and 3D modeling.
Art 1230: Structure
Spanning plastic and fixed approaches to building and underlying organizational principles, students realize their ideas in multiple physical and conceptual dimensions.
Art 1210: Function
Spatial and utilitarian dynamics of objects are explored. Aesthetic and social possibilities are applied to art and design practices to consider issues of site, community and material culture.
Art 1220: Image
Media, networks, and cultural reproduction provide a framework for this course. Students expand upon tools used for generating image systems and manipulating image to participate in re-defining a rapidly changing data culture.