Foundations - Art Education and Studio Art

In your first year, you’ll focus on foundation courses that introduce you to technical and conceptual approaches to the visual arts. The four core courses emphasize drawing, design, and problem-solving skills. This shared curriculum provides students with the conceptual, technical, and critical skills necessary for later studio work.

Learning Environment

The Foundations program is when the technical and conceptual skills needed for students success are provided. Besides the required coursework, students become aware of the possibilities within art and design making and the various emphasis areas within the Studio Art program. The solid, four-course program, is an essential framework as students decide on their emphasis in the end of their first-year. 


Brett Colley

Brett Colley

Timothy Fisher
Associate Professor
Drawing Coordinator

William Hosterman
Foundations Program Coordinator

Guin Thompson
Assistant Professor

Renee Zettle-Sterling

Renee Zettle-Sterling
3D Design Course Coordinator

Paul Wittenbraker
Making and Meaning Coordinator

Students' Works

Course Catalog

Explores the theories and concepts of two-dimensional art forms. Basic visual design principles, their application, comparison of contemporary and historical examples are presented through lectures and slides and applied to studio problems. Offered fall and winter semesters.

Credits: 3

Fundamentals of design with an emphasis upon projects that develop the language of art as applied to three-dimensional forms in space. Offered fall and winter semesters.

Credits: 3

This course entails investigating contemporary practices of art and design, studying how images and objects acquire meaning, experimenting with basic studio processes, and learning to use digital media in combination with traditional media in making art. Fulfills Foundation - Arts. Offered fall and winter semesters.

Credits: 3

A study of fundamental pictorial concepts of drawing. Experimentation with varied technical means and media directed toward both descriptive and expressive ends. Offered fall and winter semesters.

Credits: 3

A continuation of techniques and media from Introduction to Drawing I. Offered fall and winter semesters. Prerequisite: ART 155.

Credits: 3


Foundations - 2D and Color
Foundations: 3D
Foundations - Drawing
Foundations - Making and Meaning

The comprehensive foundations program has several dedicated classrooms spread throughout the art building. This ensures that individual students have access to the tools necessary for projects regardless of whether one is creating 3-dimensional work, handwork and drawings, or computer-based projects.

Request Information

For questions about the Foundations program, please contact:

Bill Hosterman
Foundations Coordinator
1111 Calder Arts Center
(616) 331-3562
[email protected]



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