Studies for the BFA degree at Tyler begin with a common freshman experience, the Foundation Year. During this year, students are enrolled in studio courses in Drawing, 2D and 3D Principles, and Introduction to Art and Design. 

The Foundation Program is highly structured and intensive. It forms the fundamental basis for studio practice, critical thinking, and the understanding and implementation of principles of visual art expression. The program emphasizes creative and critical thinking, problem solving, visual thinking, perception and observation, as well as presenting traditional vocabulary, theory, media, and techniques of artistic practice. The Foundation Faculty is comprised of faculty from all major areas in the School, providing freshmen with a broad perspective and diverse points of view from which to build their experience as artists.

Lecture Series and Seminars

  • April 13, 2015
  • 5:00pm

Play with simple electronics and the art of paper folding. We will explore various origami figures and then activate them with simple mot...

  • October 06, 2014
  • 6:00pm

Dr. Andrea Kantrowitz will be discussing the role of cognitive science in the practice of drawing. Her unique perspective on the way we d...


  • The Tyler Carnival is Back!

    Free food. Inflatable rides. Temporary tattoos. Cotton Candy Stand. Did I mention free food? If any of those seem appealing to you, you should make your way to Tyler...

  • Call for Submissions! Tyler Continuing Education 2017 Summer Poster

    Tyler Continuing Education is looking for artwork submissions from the Tyler student body for our 2017 Pre-College Summer Programs Poster.  All media and styles are ...

  • Student Interview: Jacob Kevra

    1. Tell me about yourself. My name is Jacob Kevra, and I like to make jewelry, work with metal and leather, and most importantly make knives. I have some prior experie...

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    More about Foundations
    series of posters hanging in gallery

    2013 First Year Show

    Encompasses studio work from artists in the Drawing, 2D, 3D, and Digital Imaging classes in the Tyler BFA, Visual Studies and Art Education Programs. 

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    Be A Sport
    Featured Event

    Be A Sport

    July 02, 2015

    Leah Modigliani, Assistant Professor of Visual Studies,has work included in The Art Gallery of Mississauga's exhibition Be a Sport, which

    A sketch of a knife Jacob made

    Student Interview: Jacob Kevra

    April 8, 2015

    1. Tell me about yourself. My name is Jacob Kevra, and I like to make jewelry, work with metal and leather, and most importantly make kni

    Sarah Demer and her work

    Student Foundation Award: Sarah Demers

    March 30, 2015

    The Foundation Program has awarded three students one of the three Dean’s Foundation Awards. Students are selected by a faculty jury and