Foundations Review and Secondary Admit Process
Upon completion of their Foundations classes, students in Art Education and Studio Art participate in a department-wide review of their work. The Foundations review is an advisory process to give early feedback on the student's growth during the first year. The purpose of this review is to give you early feedback on your growth as an artist. We feel that an understanding of the "fundamentals" is essential before continuing on the program.
Students seeking either the Graphic Design and/or Illustration emphases must participate in a secondary admittance process after completion of the Foundations Review. Both programs prioritize admission based on a review of portfolio work from the Foundations courses
Foundations Review / Secondary Admit Signup
The signup for the Winter 2018 Foundations Review and/or Secondary Admit closed. Please contact Associate Prof. Bill Hosterman for questions.
Foundations Review FAQ
Art students who have completed their Foundations coursework must submit their work for the Foundations Review. If you are a transfer students, you must still bring that work for broader evaluation, including the work presented for credit evaluation.
You are required to apply and participate in the Foundations Review during the semester in which your foundations classes will be completed.
During the 10th week of the semester, go to the GVSU Department of Visual and Media Arts website and sign up online to participate in the review. You will receive an email confirmation of your signing up for the review.
Foundations Reviews occur at the end of Fall and Winter semesters. Remember that you must submit work for review the semester which your Foundations Classes will be completed.
During the Spring semester, if Foundations courses are offered, and you are on track for a Foundations Review, a review limited to you will be scheduled at the end of the spring semester
You will not be present at the time of your review. You must submit your portfolio for review on the Friday before the Review Saturday, after 5 p.m.. This is the time when you will be coming to the building to set up your work. Your portfolio will be reviewed by a committee the following Saturday. You can pick up your portfolio on Saturday after 5 p.m. or on Sunday.
You portfolio should contain all the work for the foundations courses required for your degree program that you have taken — or are presently taking — at GVSU. If you have received transfer credit for any course, you should also present all the work from any of these classes taken at other schools. You cannot show work from high school.
The presentation of your portfolio is a chance to make a good first impression on the faculty. Therefore, your work should be presented in a professional manner. It should be well organized, separated by course, neatly, clearly displayed and labeled with your name and course. The work should be easily accessible.
Please read the presentation instructions on this page for more presentation details.
The Art and Design faculty will look at your work and assess its contents based on the following criteria:
- Use of design principles to achieve unity/variety
- Compositional use of picture plane and 3-D space
- Use of color to achieve unity and variety
- Surface marks/line quality
- Formal and conceptual inventiveness
Congratulations! This means you presented a solid understanding of the fundamentals for the various areas of study in the Department of Visual and Media Design.
The Monday after the Foundations Review, you may pick up your results in the Department of Visual and Media Design main office (room 1105 Calder Arts Center).
Secondary Admit Review (Graphic Design and Illustration majors only)
Students desiring entry into the Graphic Design and Illustration emphases Areas must participate in a secondary admittance process after completion of the Foundations Review.
If you are uncertain about one area over the other, you are welcome to select both emphases areas. You will then be asked to prioritize one over the other. Should you get accepted into your first choice, you will not be considered for the second choice anymore.
Secondary admits occur only in the winter semester.
If you wish to apply for admission to Graphic Design or Illustration and you have completed your Foundations courses in a Fall semester, you must retain your portfolio and resubmit it for consideration at the end of the following winter semester.
To participate in the secondary admit, go to the GVSU Department of Visual and Media website, and use the Foundations Review form to sign up. Upon completion, you will receive an email confirmation of your signing up for the review.
When you register for your Foundations review and you choose Graphic Design and/or Illustration for your BFA emphases areas, you will be prompted to signup for the secondary admit right away.
For those registering for the secondary admit only, the same form must be used and the option "secondary admit only" must be selected.
You should present all the work for the foundations courses required for your degree program that you have taken — or are presently taking — at GVSU. If you have received transfer credit for any course, you should also present all the work from any of these classes taken at other schools
Your work will be evaluated by Graphic Design and/or Illustration faculty from the Visual and Media Arts Department. The faculty will look at your work and assess its contents based on specific criteria. .
Congratulations! This means you become a Graphic Design or Illustration emphasis major and are welcome to register for the emphases courses.
If you are not admitted to either emphases area you may apply again the following year at the next Secondary Admit review. If reapplying, you must submit the entire Foundations Portfolio a second time. It is highly recommended that you meet with a Foundations instructor to receive advice on how to improve the work.
If you fail a second time, you may choose a different art emphasis area, consider a BA/BS degree in art or change to a major outside of the Department of Visual and Media Arts.
Portfolio Preparation Instructions
It is important that you organize and present your foundations portfolio in a professional manner. The following guide will assist you in this task. It also contains specific instructions, essential dates and times, and the room assigned to you for displaying your work.
ART150 - Foundations: 2-D Design
All projects should be included. Any thumbnails, preliminary designs, etc. may be included along with the accompanying final design if they enhance the quality of the portfolio.
ART151 - Foundations: 3-D Design
All original works should be included. Any work that is significantly large should be represented by photograph(s) and mounted on illustration board. Any thumbnails, preliminary designs, etc. may be included along with the accompanying final design if they enhance the quality of your portfolio. No projects, including relief pieces, should be mounted on walls or bulletin boards.
ART152 - Foundations: Color and Design
All projects should be included. Compositions should be grouped together. Color charts, wheels, scales and other exercises should be placed in a manila folder labeled "Exercises" on the front.
ART153 - Foundations: Making and Meaning in Art and Design
All original 2 and 3-dimensional projects should be included. Any work significantly large in scale should be presented by photograph(s). Typed descriptions of the projects which were written by the instructor and given to you during the class should be attached to each project.
ART155 - Foundations: Introduction to Drawing I
All drawings should be included. Longer drawings should be organized by media. Very short gesture drawings and thumbnails should be separated out and organized within by media. Drawings on torn out sketch book paper should have the spirals cut off the edges. Sketchbooks, if required for the class, may be kept intact.
ART157 - Foundations: Introduction to Drawing II
Please refer to the guidelines for Foundations: Introduction to Drawing I - ART155.
On the Friday immediately before your Foundations review, you are required to submit a portfolio for evaluation. Please bring your portfolios to:
Applying for Graphic Design only and have not yet participated in the Foundation Review
Rooms 1811 and 1815
Applying for Illustration only and have not yet participated in the Foundation Review:
Applying for Graphic Design and Illustration and have not yet participated in the Foundation Review
Applying for Graphic Design for those that have already completed the Foundation Review
Applying for Illustration for those that have already completed the Foundation Review
Room 1311and 1715
Applying for Graphic Design and Illustration for those that have already completed the Foundation Review
All other BA/BS and BFA students participating in the Winter 2017 Foundation Review:
Rooms 1201, 1207 (your choice)
The two portfolios below are examples of work submitted during the Foundations Review. This should give you an idea of scope, quantity and quality of the work submitted for consideration.
Foundations Review Form
This is the standard form Faculty in the Department of Visual and Media will use to evaluate your work during the Foundations Review.