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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Upcoming Events

Lecture Series and Seminars

  • January 27, 2021
  • 5:30pm

Heather Raquel Phillips creates critical and celebratory disruptions that welcome conversations about power, deviance, failure and desire...

  • February 03, 2021
  • 5:30pm

Henry Bermudez’s interest in the visual representations of cultures and mythologies have appeared in his work in varying forms during his...

  • February 10, 2021
  • 5:30pm

Hailing from Scotland, Michelle Millar Fisher has worked as an educator, curator and historian in US museums including the Museum of Mode...


  • Tyler News Round Up September/October 2020

    Stay up to date on all that is happening with faculty, students and alumni of the Tyler School of Art and Architecture: Trenton Doyle Hancock (MFA '00) gives the orig...

  • Buy Shaver site specific exhibition

    “ Matter”, Hicks Art Center Gallery, Bucks County Community College, OCT 29 DEC 10, 2018. A site specific exhibition pairing the sculpture of Michael Grothusen and tex...

  • Student interview

      Jarrah May- It seems like you've lived everywhere. Is that true? I was born in Arlington, VA, but the entire timeline of moves is like this: 1. Chennai, India...

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