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The mission of the Studio and Art History Foundations curriculum is to prepare students for further studies in the Department of Art through a diverse and rigorous application of skills and concepts while stressing perceptual explorations of 2D, 3D, and 4D space. The Studio Foundations coursework presents a wide variety of textural, tactile, and physical processes and materials relevant to all areas of emphasis. The Faculty believe it is important to encourage students to think beyond purely formal aspects of art making and, at an early stage, engage a broad thematic content and concept driven inquiry. The Foundations curriculum promotes and encourages strong critical thinking and problem solving skills through studio projects, written and oral presentations, independent research, and portfolio preparation. Lectures, readings, and other assignments introduce the student to the diversity and richness of the contemporary art practice and its relationship to a diverse global culture.
The Art Foundation Requirements consist of the following courses: