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Foundations Program


The mission of the Foundations of Art and Design program is to create an inclusive and nurturing environment that prepares students of any level and background for advanced study in the BFA programs of Creative Technologies, Studio Art, and Graphic Design. The year-long, 1000 level curriculum is made up of 15 credit hours. The investigation of the elements and principles of art and design within a contemporary and historical context is fostered in each Foundation course. Students practice applying what they learn through analogue and digital skill sets specific to 2D, 3D and 4D art and design. Ut Prosim: (That I May Serve).

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The SOVA Foundations program is based in the Armory Building which also houses SOVA’s headquarters and gallery.  A number of Foundations classes are also held in the newly designed teaching studios located in the Creativity and Innovation Building.  Students have secure access to classrooms in both buildings 24 hours a day so they have a place to work on projects outside of class. 

The Foundations program consists of four, 3-credit courses which cover the principles of drawing as well as 2D, 3D and 4D art and design.  Studio Art and Creative Technologies majors also take a 3-credit Contemporary Art and Practice class in addition to the other four.

Spaces for making

Claim your desk in the design labs, build by hand or with robots in the fabrication labs, and explore thousands of books in the libraries.

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Student-focused faculty

Learn more from award-winning faculty who are committed to teaching excellence.

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World-class opportunities

Connect what you learn in the classroom to experiences across the world.