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The Foundations Area offers core courses in studio art and art history required by the Art Department’s degree programs. The selection of required courses varies between programs.

The Foundations classes aim to provide students with a solid introduction to design, drawing and art history. The students develop a repertoire of basic studio skills and build the vocabulary (visual and verbal) necessary to create, analyze and discuss artwork. The courses stress creative problem-solving and critical thinking and provide students with a base of experience for further studies in art and related disciplines.

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Foundations Courses

AD 122 Three-Dimensional Design

Basic study of three-dimensional structures and systems.

Prereq: none

AD 121 Two-Dimensional Design

A foundation course dealing with an analytical approach to the study of the elements of design: color, line, shape, value, and texture.

Prereq: none

ARTH 165 Postmodern and Contemporary Art

This course, an introduction to the major trends and movements in recent art, is designed to help students learn and think critically about prevalent attitudes and theories about contemporary visual culture as well as to recognize the increasingly vital role played by the mass media and technology in the creation and dissemination of art. New media, such as video and digital art, and innovative forms of visual expression, such as conceptual and environmental art, will be investigated. Art will be examined as a response to current social, cultural, political and gender issues as will the reasons why artists make the shift from modernist to post-modernist strategies for making their work.

Prereq: none

AD 127 Foundations Digital Media

This course is an introduction to the use of the computer as an art-making tool. Through readings, lectures, and discussions students will explore a wide range of approaches to digital media as well as its larger cultural implications. Exposure to contemporary artists who use the computer at some point in their process will give students insight into its applications across all media.

Prereq: AD 121 and AD 123

AD 126 Foundations Drawing II

Further exploration of drawing fundamentals with an emphasis on interpretive skills and composition. Extensive experimentation in basic drawing media, pictorial organization, and idea generation are stressed. Subjects such as the human figure are introduced and group discussions and critiques are frequent.

Prereq: AD 121 and AD 123

AD 123 Foundations Drawing I

Introduction to drawing fundamentals with an emphasis on object and spatial representation through descriptive and expressive means. Individual problems assigned to foster the development of competent observational skills in a variety of media and to expose students to basic terminology. Group discussions and critiques are frequent.

Prereq: none

AD 300W Studio Concepts

Studio Concepts addresses conceptual/methodological approaches/practices for the making of art. The course is designed to expose students to conceptualization, visual production and meaning within the art world. It will examine contemporary artist’ works and writings as well as larger critical theories.

Prereq: AD 121, AD 122, and AD 123