Foundations

The groundwork necessary for concentration in any studio practice is formed in Foundations. The skills, vocabulary and principles of art making are developed through a variety of media and interdisciplinary approaches that stress conceptual thought through contemporary approaches.

Foundations Courses

FD100 Drawing 1

(3 Credits)

Seeing/drawing skills are developed and sensitivity toward the aesthetics of form and space including linear perspective, mark making, value, line and line quality is explored. Students work in black and white media on a variety of papers from still-life, landscape and self-portrait. Foundation Core requirement; Offered in the fall and spring semester. Pre-reqs: None

FD110 Drawing 2

(3 Credits)

FD100 is continued with continued emphasis on mark making, full value studies, point-of-view selection, basic compositional ideas and space. Foundation Core requirement; Offered in the fall and spring semester. Pre-reqs: FD100

FD120 2-D Design

(3 Credits)

The vocabulary, premises and methods of visual events on the flat plane are explored through a series of lectures, experimental exercises and applied problems. Foundation Core requirement; Offered in the fall and spring semester. Pre-reqs: None

FD130 3-D Design

(3 Credits)

Volume, space organization, structure, texture, mass and tension are explored through a series of short projects using simple construction materials and techniques. Equipment use and safety instruction are included. Foundation Core requirement; Offered in the fall and spring semester. Pre-reqs: None

FD140 Idea, Process and Criticism

(3 Credits)

IPC investigates the development of ideas and concepts in art making. This course introduces strategies for the research, development, organization, analysis, presentation, documentation and criticism of individual artistic content. Product and technique will be de-emphasized in order to focus more attention on concept and process. A rigorous method of self-documentation will promote self-evaluation skills and disciplined improvement. Critique participation, writing and research will be as important as any finished artwork. Students will be encouraged to harness pre-existing technical skills and experience to serve their individual conceptual aims and to make artwork. Additionally, digital and analog strategies will be promoted, enabling students to take their concepts through a larger number of revision cycles. Foundation Core requirement; Offered in the fall and spring semester. Pre-reqs: None

FD160 Color Foundations

(3 Credits)

Recognizing that color is the most relative and temporary of art elements, this course seeks to remove color usage solely from the realm of intuition and instinct and put the student in the position of making informed decisions. This is an introduction to the principles of color mixing and design. It includes the most significant aspects of various figures in the history of color theory, however it is a studio class based on the actual experience of color. Students will develop a broad understanding of color principles and characteristics and their relationship to the other principles of visual art. Foundation Core requirement; Offered in the fall and spring semester. Pre-reqs: None

FD170 Digital Foundations

(3 Credits)

Digital methods meditate how we perceive, define and access and speak about art. Traditional art forms both incorporate and react against against these technologies. This component of the foundations curriculum addresses the practical and conceptual tools requisite for artists in the 21st century. Foundation Core requirement; Offered in the fall and spring semester. Pre-reqs: None

*Satisfactory completion of all Foundation coursework is a prerequisite for all courses beyond the introductory level within individual area concentrations.

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