Art & Design Foundation

The introduction of students admitted to FAD will be through Art & Design Foundation; a common year of faculty requirements shared by all majors within FAD and intended to promote creativity and an understanding of visual language. Common courses consist of 24 credits most of which are concentrated in First Year (fall and spring terms).

a. Content

A student in Art & Design Foundation will undertake an intensive and demanding investigation into three studio areas: drawing, two-dimensional design, and three-dimensional design. Each area requires active involvement in the studio every week, and provides fundamental art and design experiences that are applicable to whatever major the student may choose. Courses in art history, color in design, basic photography as well as English university requirements also play an essential role to provide students with the knowledge that is essential for meaningful participation in contemporary life as artists and designers. A course in portfolio presentation in the last semester prepares the graduating student to the forthcoming professional career.

b. Course Description

ADF 100 Basic Design I (0,8;4 cr.)

This workshop initiates students into the design studio environment and creative designing of objects and artifacts. In this 2-D studio, students will discover the contradiction inherent in a two-dimensional visual plane: a flat surface that draws attention to its apparent spaciousness. Students will be presented with a variety of problems that allow focus on formal issues of pattern, rhythm, figure-ground oscillation, the effect of line, relative size, light and shade, texture, and color. Assigned projects involve traditional as well as unconventional media and sources.

ADF 101 Basic Design II (0,8;4 cr.)

In this 3-D studio, students will explore form and space as they occur in nature as well as in sculpture and architecture. The study of plane, volume, and mass incorporates the relationships between these elements and the particular ways form and space can effect expression. Simple materials shaped with hand tools define the scope of projects. Materials may include paper, wood, clay, plaster, or found objects. At times, responses to assignments may address the scale of large installations in the environment. A great variety of concepts and processes will be explored with considerable emphasis placed on “learning by doing.” Prerequisites: ADF 100

ADF 111 Drawing I (0,6;3 cr.)

At FAD, drawing is considered the basic tool of all art and design disciplines, reflecting the conviction that the coordination of eye, hand, and brain is essential to the way the painter, sculptor, architect, or designer creates. This introductory course for designers utilizes simple materials and a step-by-step approach in the development of drawing skills. Students will explore form as it pertains to representation and the organization of surface through line, shape, light, texture, and space.

ADF 112 Drawing II (0,6;3 cr.)

This course focuses on how to implement drawing techniques employed in design. It stresses drawing as clear communication and covers the proper use of lines, graphic layout for presentation, lettering, dimensioning, title blocks, orthographic projection, perspective renderings and multi-view drawings, including section and auxiliary views. Emphasis is placed on drawing with multiple media and collage. Students will also explore various themes and subjects, such as human figure, landscape, or still life. Prerequisites: ADF 111

ADF 113 Color in Design (0,6;3 cr.)

This course provides an introduction to the principles of color and an exploration of color theory, color vocabulary, and mixing systems as they relate to design. The historical, cultural, and psychological aspects of color will also be examined.

ADF 121 History of Art (3,0;3 cr.)

The course presents a survey of the history of art from the stone age till the modern age in the 20th century. Art in its various forms is discussed as an entity reflecting its cultural context (religious, technical, economical, political, philosophical and social).

ADF 213 Photography I (1,4;3 cr.)

This course examines how to see photographically by exploring the basic tools, techniques and aesthetics of 35mm black-and-white photography, with special emphasis on the creative use of camera controls, film exposure and development, printmaking and proper use of chemicals. The course is a combination of lectures, demonstrations, supervised lab work and critiques.

ADF 331 Portfolio Presentation (1,2;2 cr.)

This course involves a review and practice of many presentation techniques, including verbal, written and visual. Participation in design competitions and in developing effective presentations is a strong part of this course. A major goal of the course is to develop a complete portfolio, in print and digital format, designed to best present the student’s work and reflect the desired personal identity or image in a highly professional and visually interesting manner.