The groundwork necessary for concentration in 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.

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.

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.
Prerequisite: FD100

FD111 Drawing 2t
(3 credits)

This course is specifically designated for transfer students who need to repeat FD110 to be better prepared for subsequent coursework at MCA.

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.

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.

FD140 Idea, Process and Criticism
(3 credits)

This interdisciplinary course combines an introduction to digital information relative to art-making and two additional media/disciplines (i.e. photography, printmaking, surface design, sculpture). Different instructors teach integrated sections of the course, with classes rotating through the different experiences and faculty during the course of the semester. Students work individually and collaboratively in mixed media on 2- and 3-D projects that stress concepts, context and narrative.

FD150 Digital Basics
(1 credit)

This course covers the basics of computer usage for our labs: printing, scanning, server access and branches into file transfer, file extensions and compression formats. By course completion, students are able to deliver any file on any platform to a potential client through a range of media (CD, print, Internet).