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.

Studio Foundations curriculum guide 2016-17 (PDF)