Students spend a year honing skills and exploring new techniques and ideas.
This immersive and innovative first-year experience is designed to provide undergraduate students with all the skills they will need to move forward within their major, whether that be graphic design, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, the BS in visual arts, or interdisciplinary study within the School of Art+Design.
The foundations program is a progressive and rigorous one that honors the fundamentals and introduces students to new concepts, materials, and ways of learning.
During their first year, students are also enrolled in art history courses, College Writing, and in the spring, two electives of their choice:
VIS 1050/ComX (Community Experience)
This course brings first-year students in the School of Art+Design together as a community, engaging them with visiting lecturers, field trips, and activities. Students are each assigned an upper-level peer mentor to meet with each week in small groups to help support their curricular experience.
VIS 1070/Extended Media
In this course, students gain experience in traditional and alternative methods for art making. Digital media, printmaking, and photography are used as unique forms or in new combinations. Emphasis is on the process of making and the challenge of expressing ideas.
VIS 1080/Visual Language
Introduces the fundamental theories and methodologies of visual communication that explore the relationship between form and content. Through observation, analysis, writing, exercises, and projects, students begin to develop work processes that involve articulation, visual research, concept generation, form making, and craft skills.
VIS 1060/Foundation Drawing
Drawing is explored as a distinct practice inspired by particular media and traditions, as well as a fundamental tool for exploring ideas across disciplines. Observational skills are emphasized, but seeing extends beyond the visual, enriched by physical, intellectual, and personal experience. Analytical and intuitive approaches are developed toward the goal of communicating significant form and content.
VIS 1260/3-D Processes
This course introduces the fundamental skills and vocabulary needed to design and create three-dimensional works. Students explore areas of 3-D construction, sculpture, and design, ranging from object to installation and using a variety of processes, materials, and techniques, including wood, metal, plaster, clay, mixed media, and digital tools.
VIS 1330/Lens and Time
Students explore time- and lens-based artistic processes that use pictorial space, narrative strategies, sequence, sound, video, social practice, screen-based interaction, and coding throughout this course.