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The Arts Foundation Program

As an integral program of study within the School of Art and Design, the Foundation Program’s mission is to challenge and educate students toward the mastery of the fundamental, conceptual, technical, historical, theoretical and practical aspects of art and design. The foundations courses lay down the groundwork upon which all the school's specialized programs continue to build.

In the three foundation courses students receive an extensive introduction to the elements, principles, and vocabulary of design through the use of a variety of two and three dimensional media. Color is an integral part of the design process and is introduced as a descriptive and expressive element of art focusing on color perception and application. Students explore and develop all aspects of the creative process including observation, analysis and historical perspective; visual and conceptual problem solving; the expressive potential of media; and the contribution of craftsmanship to content.
 

Courses in Art Foundations (ARTF)

1301 (ARTS 1311) 2-D Design. (3-3)

Introduction to the elements and principles of design through the use of a variety of two-dimensional media and techniques.

1302 (ARTS 1316) Basic Drawing. (3-3)

Introduction to a variety of media and techniques for exploring descriptive and expressive possibilities in drawing.

1303 (ARTS 1312) 3-D Design. (3-3)

Introduction to the elements and the principles of design through the use of a variety of three-dimensional materials and techniques.