The Foundations curriculum is highly structured and intensive, introducing students to principles and theories in studio art and visual thinking. The courses present and explore many concepts and skills used by artists and designers. The foundations curriculum is fundamental in forming sound studio practice. Critical thinking is encouraged through the explanation of core visual expression, discussion, and writing. Students must complete these courses before moving on to upper level classes. Moreover, all foundation level courses are required for acceptance into the BFA program.
Drawing Fundamentals and Drawing Concepts
Foundations Drawing emphasizes art-making as an ongoing discipline rooted in rich history. We provide our students with a rigorous experience of disciplined observational drawing coupled with aesthetic, technical, and conceptual instruction. The program also challenges students to push beyond traditional drawing techniques.
Drawing Fundamentals (ART 1307)
Foundations Drawing emphasizes art-making ask an ongoing discipline rooted in rich history. We provide our students with a rigorous experience of the disciplined observational drawing coupled with aesthetic, technical, and conceptual instruction. The program also challenges students to push beyond traditional drawing techniques.
2D Design (ART 1305) and 3D Design (ART 1306)
2D Design and 3D Design expose students to practices and strategies that will assist them in their understanding of visual organization The curriculum is designed to promote creativity and develop in the young artist an understanding of the visual language.
Digital Design (ART 2304)
Digital Design offers art students an introduction to digital media through exposure to ideas, problems, and curriculum with an emphasis on digital and time-based media as applied to design concepts. Fundamental principles in electronic media are explored with additional emphasis on experimental and innovative techniques.
**Some concentrations have required courses that will be used for 2D and 3D Studio and Media Foundations**
|The principles and elements of two-dimensional design as expressed through concepts and problems with various media and techniques. Lab fee: $35|
|Three-dimensional design principles will be explored to expand knowledge of various materials and develop an awareness of spatial elements as a creative expression. Formerly listed as ART 1303. Credit will not be granted for both 1303 and 1306. Lab fee: $35|
|Basic drawing principles and elements in varied media including such concepts and skills as hand-eye coordination, perceptual acuity, spatial organization, and interpretation of directly observed subjects.|
|This course is a continuation of ART 1305 and 1306 with an emphasis on digital and time-based media as applied to design concepts. Formerly listed as ART 1304. Credit will not be granted for both 2304 and 1304. Lab fee: $40|
||Art 2308 Drawing Concepts, Art 2371 Painting, Art 3343 Printmaking, or ART 3349 Watermedia|
||Art 3340 Kiln Formed Glass, Art 3341 Sculpture, Art 3342 Glassblowing, Art 3353 Metals, or Art 3363 Clay|
||Art 2354 Typography, Art 2358 Intro to Film/Video, Art 2359 Intro to Photography, or Art 3352 Digital Imaging|
(6 Credit Hours)
|Art 1309 Art of the Western World I, Art 1310 Art of the Western World II, and/or Art 1317 Art of the Nonwestern World (only 2 of the 3 are required)|