Foundations: Design

The Foundations Program in the College of Visual Arts and Design provides the broad foundation to develop the practical skills and conceptual methodologies necessary to enter any of the Visual Arts majors within the college. The program promotes the understanding of historic and contemporary currents and their relationships.

The program achieves the following outcomes.

  • Materials and techniques;
  • Visual aesthetics and organization;
  • Creative processes;
  • Visual literacy (development of vocabulary, critical analysis, articulation of process and product; content and context);
  • Historic and contemporary visual cultures;
  • Professional pathways

Work completed by Foundations students demonstrates the rigorous critical inquiry, practical skill-building and visual exploration that are the hallmarks of this well-established program.

Faculty who teach in the Foundations program are accomplished artists and designers in their respective fields. They maintain active studio practices and exhibit their work nationally and internationally.