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CVPA Foundations Program

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Required of All Majors (except Art History and Music)

The Studio Art Foundations program in the College of Visual and Performing Arts is a rigorous and engaging program designed to promote creativity, develop understanding of the visual language, instill critical inquiry, and motivate independent learning. Emphasis is placed on developing drawing skills, imparting the fundamental principles of two- and three-dimensional design, and identifying contemporary issues in the world of art. Students will have the opportunity to explore the many options available in CVPA. Students receive an interdisciplinary education that explores 2-D and 3-D approaches, design, and art history. All first year students in CVPA participate in the Freshman Colloquium, a central aspect of the first-year experience. This course brings students together with fellow peers who are passionate about an array of art disciplines and provides opportunity to engage with the community. Foundations courses (FOU prefix at the 100-level) are required for all visual arts majors and serve as prerequisites for all 200 or higher-level courses in Fine Arts, Artisanry, Visual Design, and Art Education.


FOU 101 Visual Arts Colloquium I 1cr  
FOU 110 Structural Drawing 3cr  
FOU 114 2D Workshop 2cr  
FOU 124 3D Concepts 2cr  
ARH 125 Renaissance to Modern Art 3cr  
ENL 101 Critical Writing & Reading I * 3cr  
XXX XXX The Social World * 3cr  
FOU 102 Visual Arts Colloquium II   1cr
FOU 112 Life Drawing   3cr
FOU 115 Visual Language   2cr
FOU 125 3D Workshop   2cr
ARH 150 Modern to Contemporary Art   3cr
ENL 102 Critical Writing & Reading II *   3cr
XXX XXX The Social World *   3cr

Additional courses are required for students pursuing Art Education:

PSY 101 General Psychology  3cr  
PSY 201 Child Psychology    3cr
PSY 215 Adolescent Psychology    "  "


* Students will also take courses within the University Studies program consisting of a set of required courses from across various areas of knowledge and different ways of learning. The required courses are designed not only to expose students to broad areas of knowledge, but also to sharpen key analytical, critical thinking and communication skills.

This curricular guide represents the requirements for students entering the college for the academic year 2013-2014 and is intended as an example of progression towards the degree minor.