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The foundations program prepares students for further study in the arts by introducing skills and strategies important for creative visual expression. Students develop an understanding of how formal language, material sensibilities and a wide range of art practices can articulate content and express ideas. The program also establishes craft and work expectations while encouraging creative risk, experimentation and cross-media solutions. This coordinated introductory curriculum of five classes spans all areas of the studio and art history experience and introduces students to a full range of disciplines for possible future study. Classes are designed to be taken at the beginning of a student’s course of study, and are prerequisite for most other art courses.


Foundations courses are taught in classrooms throughout the School of Art, including sculpture, drawing, painting and art history classrooms (please see each division for a description of facilities). This allows students access to the appropriate tools for each course and to become familiar with the wide range of capabilities offered by our program.


Brad Allen, Associate Professor
MaryAnn Bonjorni, Professor
Trey Hill, Associate Professor
Elena Lourenco, Visiting Assistant Professor


  • Visual Language: Drawing
  • Visual Language: 2D Design
  • Visual Language: 3D Design
  • Art of World Civilization: Ancient to Medieval Art
  • Art of World Civilization: Early Modern to Contemporary Art

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