Department of Art and Art History Foundations


New Foundations courses, known as AAH Core, will be required beginning in Fall 2016. If you intend to transfer equivalent credits for Fall 2016, please consult our admissions coordinator.

2D Foundations

Emphasizing contemporary and traditional two-dimensional processes, concepts, and materials, this course presents projects that are designed to introduce and fuse content, skill, and the principles of design and composition. Emphasis will be placed on solving visual problems and thinking critically, analytically, and creatively.

3D Foundations

Emphasizing contemporary and traditional three-dimensional processes, concepts and materials, this course presents projects that are designed to provide knowledge and understanding of three-dimensional spatial composition in art, architecture, craft, and industrial design. Emphasis will be placed on innovative visual communication, conceptual clarity, problem solving skills, and critical thinking, both analytically and creatively.

Drawing Foundations

Drawing is the primary medium for visual thinking. It is fundamental. Because of the simplicity and economy of means it is conducive to exploration and experimentation. It is a preliminary tool used by artist of all media, from digital/video artist, photographers to painters. Drawing has also come to be considered a unique graphic expression and experience rather than simply the preliminary notation to be translated into other media.

Digital Foundations

A foundational course aimed at basic digital art theory and use of computer graphic software. Exploration into digital art and the conceptual use of technology within art help create a digital vocabulary. This course’s objective is to enable the student to make educated technological and conceptual decisions in the exploration of digital technology and art within their own artistic style and aesthetic development.

Art History Foundations

As this course is only for majors in the Department of Art and Art History, it is meant to develop ways to think critically about visual works and how they have been studied. This is not a survey of any period or type of art, but engages selected issues of art history. This course serves as a foundation on which students can develop their understanding of the significance of visual art, now and in the past. One aspect of such understanding, for example, is to consider how terms, such as culture, context, design and art, are often used without much reflection upon their meaning and the consequences of this.