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Department of Art

Art Foundation: First-Year Art Experience

Program Statement: Art Foundation is a multidisciplinary, first-year experience for Art Studio and Art Education majors in the Department of Art. Students engage in a diverse range of art making approaches and processes that promote a sustainable artistic practice through curiosity and research. Courses are designed to improve visual-spatial intelligence while encouraging exploration, questioning, and risk-taking. Students will gain an ability to develop their visual fundamentals and learn multiple strategies for idea generation by engaging in a shared cultural dialogue, collaboration, and new ways of thinking. This year-long introduction to technical skills, craft, critical thinking, and research, will aid the student in achieving success in their chosen disciplines.

The Department of Art offers course work in the following studio discipline areas:

  • Book Arts and Papermaking
  • Ceramics
  • Graphic Design
  • Narrative Illustration
  • Painting and Drawing
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture and Expanded Media