As an integral academic component of the Department of Art and Art History, the Foundations Program embraces and promotes the department’s aims by laying the bedrock of knowledge and skill base of scholarly research and creative experimentation. The Foundations Program’s purpose is to give students in the department the same basic hand skills and knowledge needed by visual artists, designers, art educators and historians to continue on to beginning courses and to create works and research with success. Issues appropriate to foundation study can be applied to discussion of art and design from any period.
Foundations courses are pre-requisites for all beginning / level-one studio art classes. The Foundations Program services all incoming freshman and prepares them for their studies in all four programs within the department: Art History, Design, Studio Art, and Visual Art Studies.
Starting in Fall 2016, the Foundations Program will undergo changes to become AAH Core. The Department of Art and Art History’s Core (AAH Core) serves as an entrance to the larger Department and University, fostering community, while engaging students in the fundamental materials, processes and concepts inherent in Art and Design. Freshman and transfer students from all four areas of study (Art History, Studio Art, Design and Visual Art Studies) work with a range of faculty in studio environments promoting both hand skills and contemporary technologies through independent and collaborative projects.