Foundations courses are freshman-level classes that develop a student's visual acumen through two- and three-dimensional projects that are analog in nature. The Media Arts department firmly believes that even though its students will ultimately work with digital tools in their respective disciplines, mastering both analog processes and basic composition are critical to any student's success. Each course in the foundations area implements the principles and elements of art and design through a variety of genres, whether it be drawing, 2D composition, 3D composition/construction, or printmaking. 

All the foundations courses require the purchase of materials to complete the coursework. Like many other courses in the department, foundations courses are taught via the studio method where lecture, demonstration and working in class occur on a daily basis. Few of these courses require textbooks given their hands-on nature.


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