School of Performing and Visual Arts
School of Performing and Visual Arts
Foundations Graphic Design Painting/Drawing Sculpture
“Foundations”, as many know the program, is an intense first-year experience organized to prepare you for a successful transition into their desired area of visual specialization.
The foundations year includes five basic, yet challenging studio courses including drawing, two and three-dimensional design and color theory. As with more advanced studio courses that follow, foundation level courses are oriented toward understanding the creative process, as well as comprehending and developing a personal sense of visual sophistication. Also significant in the foundation year is the need to acquire, and use with confidence, a strong artistic vocabulary relating to the visual arts. A strong beginning makes for a highly qualified and professionally valuable graduate from any of the visual arts/design programs.
Once you have successfully completed requirements of the Foundation program it is time for you to move into any of the preferred areas of specialization mentioned below.
Studio. A study of the possibilities of drawing as the expression of a variety of ways of seeing and thinking.
Our Graphic Design program will prepare you to work as both an artist and a communicator, as you will develop a high level of proficiency in traditional artistic and digital skills to transform artistic decisions into effective digital graphics for sophisticated audiences.
Course work focuses on visual literacy; development of conceptual, aesthetic, and visualization skills; and creative problem solving. Students will learn Graphic Design skills and principles for identity design, type design, collateral design, editorial design, package design, poster design, information design, storyboarding, advertising design, and, interactive (web) design.
In the initial graphic design courses, students are exposed to design theory, methodologies, and tools of visual communication. Conceptual, technical and presentation skills, based on commercial expectations and professional practices, are developed.
Later course work emphasizes communication skills, technical and production skills, and the understanding of marketing and promotion.
At the completion of the senior year, students produce an extensive senior project, combining an area of personal vision with their professional goals. Successful completion of the program provides a professional portfolio and the skills necessary to enter the field.
The program enjoys an exceptional placement rate, with graduates working in corporate art studios, advertising agencies, design studios, printing and publishing firms, and the expanding electronic publishing and digital art fields throughout the United States.
The objective of the Drawing and Painting area is to teach all students an understanding of the expressive and investigative possibilities of the two-dimensional formal plastic arts.
For those who are professionally oriented, the program provides experiences of sufficient breadth and depth to develop professional standards of performance.
Teaching is done by a two-dimensional visual form problem-solving method, using traditional materials on a planer surface to produce visual artwork. An open and ongoing dialogue about painting and drawing and visual aesthetics is done in group criticism sessions, as well as individual (one-on-one student / faculty) criticism sessions.
Theses, combined with group classes and individual projects, will prepare the student for the senior project and exhibition. Advanced courses are individualized and highly independent.
The objective of the Sculpture Program is to offer students a complete and well-rounded curriculum in the three dimensional art forms.
Creative problem-solving in three-dimensional space and the history of the medium are the primary goals.
It is important for the artist/student to be proficient in a wide range of materials and techniques. Concurrently, the student must endeavor to invent and build an effective visual language as an expressive tool for art-making.
They will be well versed in contemporary issues and theory related to art making as
well as the historical contributions of other artists and institutions and have the
skills, knowledge, and confidence to enter into creative careers, and/or successful
entry into graduate school.