Foundations

The Foundations Program at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture spans incoming students’ first year and serves as an interdisciplinary cornerstone, teaching essential and transferable skills in the principles of art and design.

Led by a faculty of nimble thinkers and creative problem solvers in state-of-the-art facilities, students nurture their curiosity and individual interests through immersive experiences that explore diverse materials, perspectives, techniques and processes—from the very low-tech to the innovative and experimental. This foundational program leads to a greater understanding of the role and importance of art and design in society; a mindful presence of themselves in relation to the world and each other; and prepares them for their desired arts-related path at Tyler, as well as the contemporary art world at-large and successful, professional careers.

Prepare for success now and the future
Foundations offers students critical and creative skills that are both fundamental and practical as they navigate their college experience, in and out of the classroom and studio:

  • a foundation in the principles of art and design

  • an introduction to traditional and contemporary materials and practices

  • time-management

  • creative and critical thinking

  • problem solving

  • visual thinking

  • perception and observation


Foundations courses include:

 

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