Foundation Program

"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.

For further information regarding the Foundation Program, please contact the Myers School of Art: or 330-972-6030


Mary Schiller Myers School of Art

Located in Folk Hall, the Mary Schiller Myers School of Art is one of 22 schools in the  Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences.

Majors and Minors

Bachelor of Fine Art  (BFA)  degrees in the  following areas:

  • Ceramics
  • Graphic Design
  • Jewelry and  Metalsmithing
  • Painting/Drawing
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees in the  following:

  • Art Education
  • Art History
  • Studio Art

Minors in 13 Art areas:

  • Art History
  • Ceramics
  • Computer Imaging
  • Drawing
  • Illustration
  • Metalsmithing
  • New Media
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Photography for Non-Art Majors
  • Professional Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture

Our Faculty

  • Nineteen full-time faculty members personally engaged and committed to student successes
  • More than 20 part-time faculty members who bring current professional experience into
    the classroom, which offers a competitive blend of expert researchers and applied practitioners working in the industry
  • Internationally diverse: Scotland, Taiwan, Austria, Lithuania and Korea

Akron Advantage


  • A named school with an endowment that specifically supports student travel, faculty professional development and visiting artist programs
  • A fully integrated Art+Design undergraduate school. Students and faculty work cross  discipline
  • Accredited by National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) since 1979
  • Small class sizes — 15-1 ratio average class size
  • Scholarships available for current students; Dispersed $l00,000 last year to declared art majors
  • Stellar visiting artist, residencies and lecture series annually

Our Facilities

Phenomenal classroom facilities consisting of:

  • 70,000 square feet of learning space with area-specific studios
  • Nationally known Emily Davis Gallery within Folk Hall

Myers School of Art Student Organizations 

Eight active student organizations:

  • Akron Jewelry and Metals Club
  • Akron Painting League
  • Akron Print Enthusiasts
  • Art History Association
  • Folk Photo Association
  • Myers Clay Club
  • Student Art League
  • Student Design Society

Recent Graduate Placements Include:

  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
  • Case Western Reserve University (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Cranbrook Academy of Art (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
  • Massachusetts College of Art & Design  (Boston, Mass.)
  • Parsons School of Design (New York, N.Y.)
  • Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, R.I.)
  • San Francisco Art Institute (San Francisco, Calif.)
  • School of Visual Arts (New  York, N.Y.)
  • The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, Ill.)
  • University of Northern Texas (Denton, Texas)
  • Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, Va.)

Internship Placements Include:

  • Intern, Akronist (Akron, Ohio)
  • Intern, Rubber City Prints Studio (Akron, Ohio)
  • Intern,Todd Biss Photography Studio (Akron, Ohio)
  • Forensic Photography Intern, Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office
  • (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Front-End Developer, SkyCatchFire (Canton, Ohio)
  • Graphic Designer, Geometry Global (Akron, Ohio)
  • Graphic Designer, Hitchcock Fleming & Associates (Akron, Ohio)
  • Graphic Designer, Koroseal Interior Products (Fairlawn, Ohio)
  • Graphic Designer, SoundCioud (New York, N.Y.)
  • Security and Exhibition Installation Intern, Akron Art Museum (Akron, Ohio)
  • Visitor Engagement Associate, MOCA Cleveland (Cleveland, Ohio)

Employment Placements Include:

  • Art Handler, 212 Gallery (Aspen, Colo.)
  • Art Teacher, Classical Charter Schools (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
  • Assistant Professor, Eastern Illinois University (Charleston, Ill.)
  • Associate Professor, Purdue University (West  Lafayette, Ill.)
  • Associate Professor, Youngstown State University (Youngstown, Ohio)
  • Bench Jeweler, Sterling Jewelers (Akron, Ohio)
  • City Photographer, City of San Francisco (San Francisco, Calif.)
  • Digital Designer, Bandujo Advertising + Design (New  York, N.Y.)
  • Elementary Art Teacher, Akron Public Schools, full time (Akron, Ohio)
  • Graphic Designer, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), (Washington, D.C.)
  • Graphic Designer, David Stark Design (New York, N.Y.)
  • Graphic Designer, Kleidon & Associates (Akron, Ohio)
  • Graphic Designer, Sterling Jewelers (Akron, Ohio)
  • Jeweler, TAP Studios (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Jeweler Owner and Operator, Exquisite Corpse (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio)
  • Medical Photographer, Cleveland Clinic Dermatology and Plastic Surgery
  • (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Middle School Art Teacher, Canton City Schools (Akron, Ohio)
  • Product Line Designer, American Greetings (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Studio Manager and Secondary Photographer, Todd Biss Photography Studio (Akron, Ohio)
  • UX Design Freelancer (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Visitor Engagement Associate, Cleveland Museum of Art (Cleveland, Ohio)
  • Web Designer, Invent Now Inc. (Canton, Ohio)