Foundation Mission Statement
The Foundation Department provides a teaching and learning environment for students of diverse backgrounds who seek to begin college-level studies in art and design. Our mission is two-fold: to prepare students to enter the more specialized professional departments in the School and to broaden and deepen their experience in art and design as a basis and an impetus for lifelong learning and development.
We advance our mission through the pursuit of six interrelated goals.
- Through practical and theoretical coursework in four related disciplines, Drawing, Light Color and Design, Three-Dimensional Design, and Four-Dimensional Design, students acquire a working knowledge of the basic concepts and fundamental principles that underlie and connect the theory and practice of many fields of art and design.
- Through the practices required for the successful completion of assignments in the four disciplines, we address, elicit, and strengthen specific sensory-perceptual, cognitive, and affective capacities along with essential manipulative skills necessary for both professional practice and for continued learning and development.
- Students are introduced to a broad range of both traditional and digital time-based media used in art and design and, through practice, gain a degree of skill in their use.
- Through focused attention given to individual students, made possible by extended, six-hour studio classes, we recognize and develop the profile of talents, interests, and skills particular to each student.
- Through faculty assessment of student learning and achievements, and through student self-assessment, students become more self-reflective regarding their own interests and abilities. In acquiring this self-knowledge they are better able to make sound judgments and decisions regarding both their short-term and long-range educational paths.
- Students are immersed an information-rich environment which enables them to gain an acquaintance with the fields of art and design and are thereby better able to orient themselves with respect to the range of available careers.
- Students become aware of the process and experience of knowing the world through the senses. Students will achieve heightened awareness of perception: sights, sounds, textures as well as the haptic and proprioceptive. Student work that displays knowledge of scales, contrasts, and nuances of values, color attributes, design principles, sound and movement and the interactions between all of them will be evidence of this learning outcome.
- Students will demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary to order information in time and space for the aesthetic, expressive, pragmatic, and communicative ends. Evidence of this will be demonstrated in all student work, assessment will be made through examples of differing ordering and organizing strategies that will exhibit students mastery of wide range of methodologies in multiple dimensions.
- Students will demonstrate the appropriate level of both technical skill and critical thinking ability. Through analysis and critique, achieve awareness of cognitive and meta-cognitive skills, and how both relate to the iterative process of making meaning through materials in art and design. Evidence of this will be seen in all student work.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to make meaningful connections and analogies between the disciplines (including Art History and Literary and Critical Studies), and meaningful connections between one’s work and the world. Evidence of these connections will be demonstrated in students’ visual, oral, and written presentations.
- Students will demonstrate self–knowledge and self-efficacy gained from a wide range of experiences with different processes, materials, and media leading to the confidence to continue successfully in their education. Self-efficacy is demonstrated when students have become active makers and can show the ability to state goals, identify tasks needed to achieve the goals, implement a course of action, test and revise, and achieve the desired outcome. This process is required of all students in capstone projects.