Foundations Courses

Required of all majors (except Art History and Music)

Foundations Program: Curriculum Guide

FOU 101 one credit 
Visual Arts Colloquium I
1.25 lecture hours
A forum for faculty and visual artists to present current topics in the arts to new visual art students. It serves as an introduction to the resources of the College of Visual and Performing Arts and the University. In addition, the Colloquium hosts cultural events, providing opportunities for community activities for the CVPA.

FOU 102 one credit C
Visual Arts Colloquium II

1.25 lecture hours
Continuation of FOU 101.

FOU 110 three credits C
Foundation: Structural Drawing

One of two studio courses that introduce students to the comprehensive visual language of drawing. Various projects and presentations expose students to numerous drawing approaches, including ways of structuring the picture plane, establishing proportion, creating believable space with linear perspective, and modeling form with shading. Students will apply these skills to idea generation, form development, experimental variations on a design, investigative studies of creative problem solving, and expressions of movement and spatial illusion. Students are also introduced to the processes involved in planning, researching, and actualizing a major drawing project. Critiques and lectures will help students develop an understanding of the critical issues of drawing and of its context within the history of art.

FOU 112 three credits C
Foundation Life Drawing
Studio course that introduces students to fundamental drawing principles. The advancement of observational skills is the primary concern, as it plays a major role in preparing students for subsequent study in the visual arts. Assignments develop abilities in the two-dimensional representation of form and space. In addition, students are introduced to the historical spectrum of drawing through lectures and demonstrations. Through intensive study of the figure, students are provided with a basis for artistic and cultural tradition. The human form, the most enduring theme of western art, has been used by artists throughout history to express their interpretations of the world.

FOU 114 two credits C
2D Workshop

To develop a critical understanding of basic two dimensional design, students explore the processes of idea generation, research, and organization of fundamental visual principles. Comprehension is facilitated by direct implementation in a single medium. Students pursue the development of visual principles in one of the following studio areas: painting, photography, printmaking, illustration, textile design, or electronic imaging. The studio dynamics allow for intense interactions with faculty and fellow students, as well as the enhancement of critical and creative problem solving. Emphasis is placed on constructive critical analysis, visual perception, and the relationship between sensory and reasoning activities.

FOU 115 two credits C
Visual Language

Studio course that explores two dimensional form at a fundamental level. Assignments develop skills in composition, color theory, figure and ground, proportion, contrast and scale. In addition, attention to craftsmanship in various media, such as drawing, painting, photography and collage, develop patience, concentration, and the necessary work ethic for all forms of visual communication. A fundamental goal for this course is to investigate the communicative power of art. Lectures and presentations, coordinated with other disciplines such as Art History and English, develop students' critical awareness of visual arts' potential to inform and influence its audiences.

FOU 124 two credits C
3D Concepts

Studio course that promotes the discovery and understanding of the third dimension through the manipulation of materials. Students develop creative problem solving abilities by conducting research, generating ideas, developing working drawings and plans, and constructing three dimensional objects. This course advances visual sensitivity, accurate analysis of process, and a basic proficiency in the processes of carving, modeling, casting, and assemblage.

FOU 125 two credits C
3D Workshop

Studio course that utilizes the tactile, physical and visual richness of three dimensional discipline areas to explore object making and related processes. Students will explore basic design in one of the following studio areas: ceramics, metals, sculpture or wood. The limited class sizes provide significant contact between faculty and students, and the inclusion in a studio community provides exposure to creative problem solving techniques and innovations used by advanced students. This course strives to help students develop an awareness of what is meaningful and of personal interest to them, promoting idea generation and self confidence.

ARH 125 three credits C, G 
Studies in Visual Culture: Renaissance to Modern Art

3 lecture hours 
Surveys painting, sculpture, and architecture from the Renaissance to Impressionism.

ARH 150 three credits C, G 
Studies in Visual Culture: Modern to Contemporary Art

3 lecture hours 
Surveys developments in painting and sculpture from the late 19th century to World War II. The historical context of major artists and the theoretical, critical and aesthetic issues surrounding their works will be discussed.

ARH 200 three credits C, G, W
Studies in Visual Culture: Ancient, Medieval, and World Art

3 lecture hours
Prerequisites: ARH 125, 150; or permission of instructor 
Explores the critical relationships between art/architecture and its social, political, and economic contexts. The course presents the art object as a cultural artifact which expresses specific values of the time and space in which created. The course thus transcends identification and chronology of objects of art, to ask: Why was a work of art made? Students will attain an intellectual and visual understanding of significant themes and issues of Ancient, Medieval, and World Art; will think and write critically about social, economic, political, and/or religious structures that influence and formulate visual art traditions; and will gain in-depth knowledge on a specific artist, art period, or theoretical problem through an extended research project.