"Foundation" is defined as the base on which something rests or the fundamental principle on which something is founded, a basis.
The courses of the Foundation Program at the UA Myers School of Art are the basis upon which a career as an artist or graphic designer will be built. The content covered in this series of classes will serve as a resource for students to draw on as they move into upper-level classes and then into their professional careers. This groundwork is established to enable students and faculty to focus intently on the interaction between media and content as applied to specific upper level fine and applied arts disciplines.
The many concepts, media, and concerns covered are basic, but should never be considered simple. They are in many ways the most complex topics with which art students struggle. The concepts investigated in these classes are the language and grammar that are the conventions of visual literacy. As the elements of our common language, these are concepts students must know fluently. As the convention of our discipline, their history must be understood and their application to contemporary art considered.
The Myers School of Art's Foundation Program provides a unique and invaluable groundwork of knowledge and experience for the beginning art student.