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Foundations Program

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Mission Statement
In the Foundations program at Ohio University students acquire the conceptual and making skills necessary to excel in any of SOA+D’s programs of study. You will experience traditional, interdisciplinary and innovative approaches to artistic production through a variety to forms and materials. Each course will challenge and inspire you to translate your ideas across 2D, 3D and 4D modes.

The primary focus of the curriculum is research based. Each of the four sections; Structure, Description, Image and Function are taught by faculty. 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.

Program Structure
All students enter the School of Art + Design as either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) studio art or art history major. During the first year, all studio art students complete Foundations classes. In the second year, students take major area studio and topics classes. Studio art students may continue in the BA track, or apply for admission into a BFA degree during their first year (Interior Architecture) or second year (Graphic Design or Studio Art).

The Foundations Program consists of 4 studio courses and 1 lecture course (major/minor only), all taken within the first year of study. Two studio courses per semester are recommended and there are no prerequisites for any of the 4 studios so they may be taken in any order. Each studio course meets for 6 contact hours per week with at least 6 hours of homework per week expected.

There are no standardized textbooks required. Instead, readings will be excerpted from contemporary books, journals, and art exhibition catalog essays to assure a diverse and current discourse. A lab fee will be attached to each studio course to support group projects, project goals and learning experiences. Upon completion of the Foundations Program, students are equipped to advance into second year School of Art + Design Program offerings.

Foundations Program Art Examples

Art 1240: Critical Perspectives

Emphasizes through lecture, presentation and study the historical and theoretical contexts and approaches that inform contemporary artistic practice, critical thinking and the analysis of visual culture.
Art 1200: Description seeing is thinking

Descriptive modes are practiced and examined through a variety of drawing methods and 3D modeling. Perceptual approaches are explored through the expansion of each student’s creative and technical capabilities. New ways of seeing are developed and considered to enhance critical thinking processes.
Art 1230: Structure how it ‘holds up’
Students learn to apply a variety of organizational constructs to the consideration of and making of art and design. Spanning plastic and fixed approaches to building and underlying organizational principles, students realize their ideas in multiple physical and conceptual dimensions. The gaps between thought and form are tested as ideas come to inhabit space and time.
Art 1210: Function the question is not ‘what is it?’ but ‘what does it do?’

The role of the artist/designer is a primary focus in this course. Aesthetic and relational possibilities are applied to art and design practices to consider issues of site, community and material culture. Spatial and utilitarian dynamics of objects are explored through problem solving and speculative design.
Art 1220: Image or ‘Obey’

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. Topics such as appropriation, composition, color and context are explored through interpretive processes.

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For more information, please contact Lori Esposito, Foundations Chair.