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The Foundations area in the Department of Art is designed to give students the basic framework for artistic expression and to introduce them to the professional world of art. It includes four studio courses and two art history courses—one of which serves as a freshman seminar course each fall (ARTH 110).

After completing all of the foundation courses, students pursuing a B.F.A. or a B.A. degree must pass a foundation review to continue in the program.

Studio Art Minors choose from two of the four studio foundation courses (ART) based on their area of study and ARTH 110.



Courses Offered:


ART 121: Foundation Drawing

Develops the drawing skills of students. Emphasizes observation, analysis, basic pictorial composition and spatial organization. Students draw from direct observation and explore a variety of drawing materials, processes and attitudes. Required of all art majors. Each semester. 

Prerequisite: None

Offered Each Semester


ART 124: Digital Art Foundations

This course will introduce students to basic computer software and hardware related to the creation, documentation, and presentation of art. The course looks at digital media as an investigative and creative tool in art and design, and as a method of communication. Topics and programs covered include, but are not limited to, digital photography, scanning, Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign.

Prerequisite: None

Offered Each Semester


ART 125: Color and Design

A study of two-dimensional design concepts and their applications. Emphasizes the principles and elements of design.

Prerequisite: None

Offered Each Semester


ART 126: Three-Dimensional Design

Explores three-dimensional design forms to gain a deeper understanding of the elements and principles of design.

Prerequisite: None

Offered Each Semester


ARTH 110: The Visual Arts

Introduces art appreciation. Deals with the form and content of art as well as the process and products of art. Enriches the student's awareness and understanding of visual art forms.

Prerequisite: None

Offered Fall Semester for Majors and Minors


ARTH 111: World Art

Surveys art and architecture from around the world in its cultural context.

Prerequisite: None

Offered Spring Semester