Foundations

A comprehensive base in Foundations promotes an understanding and application of the basic elements of design, creative and analytical thinking, and problem solving, all of which are essential to pursuing a program in the visual arts. By learning to make meaningful connections between art and design, students are able to formulate informed decisions regarding their educational experience in the Department of Art & Design.

FOUNDATION FACULTY
Julie Bowland Davis-Walker profile pic Clyde Edwards
Julie Bowland
Professor
2D Design
Evelyn Davis-Walker
Professor
Computers in Art
Clyde Edwards
Associate Professor
Drawing & 2D Design
Mark Errol Craig Hawkins Sean Hurley
Mark Errol
Lecturer
3D Design
Craig Hawkins
Associate Professor
Drawing & 2D Design
Sean Hurley
Assistant Professor
Drawing & 2D Design
Richard Peterman Glenda Swan Kalina Winska
Richard Peterman
Studio Supervisor
Master Craftsman
2D & 3D Design
Glenda Swan
Assiociate Professor
Art History Survey I
Kalina Winska
Associate Professor
Drawing & 2D Design

Students critiquing work in a foundation drawing class.

ART 1010 Drawing I       Advice from past students

 An introductory drawing course in which the concepts of composition, figure-ground, line, value, contour, gesture, linear and aerial perspective are studied using a variety of drawing techniques and media.

Required text: Drawing from observation by Brian Curtis 2nd Edition 

Basic drawing I & drawing II supply list

ART 1011 Drawing II       Advice from past students

Prerequisite: ART 1010. A continuation of Drawing I. This course will include further development of drawing techniques and rendering methods. The relationship between perception and conception in form will be explored as it pertains to representation and abstraction. 

Required text: Drawing Essentials by Deborah Rockman 2nd Edition


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ART 1020 Two Dimensional Design

A two-dimensional foundation design course in which the formal elements of art, principles of design, and color theory are introduced.

Required text: Launching the Imagination by Mary Stewart 4th Edition

Basic 2D Design supply list

Average range of supply list cost (Not including textbook) = $165 -$215

ART 2030 Computers in Art 

An introductory course to develop basic skills in computer applications for the visual arts including: design, page layout, word processing, illustration, web access, web design, historical and critical methods, and information management. 

Required text: None


3D design class drawing in space with wire
ART 1030 Three Dimensional Design

A three-dimensional foundation design course in which the formal elements of design are introduced along with the methods and safety procedures associated with the use of power equipment. All students must pass examination on power tool usage and safety before access to power tools and shop. 

Required text: None

Heuss' 3D Design supply list

Peterman's 3D Design supply list


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ARTH 2121 Art History Survey I

A survey of art from prehistory to the Renaissance. 

Required text: Gardner's Art through the Ages: A Global History, 15th Ed


FRESHMAN CHECK-IN

The annual Department of Art & Design freshman reviews are held once a semester.  This is the first of two reviews required for all art majors (the second review occurs in the following year, and includes a portfolio review – this one does not).  The fifteen-minute conversation will focus on your experiences in the foundation art courses. 

The reviews serve several purposes:

-       This check-in process is designed to help the faculty in the Department of Art & Design to make personal contact with each of our freshman art or design students and help answer any concerns they may have about their continuation in their current program at VSU.

-       It gives each student the opportunity to meet with several art faculty members to discuss progress in the art program. 

-       Faculty members can comment to students about strengths or concerns with their progress or clarify a student’s confusion about the program. 

Advice from the meeting can inform you about course plans for next year, career option in art and the appropriate degree program for your career ambitions.

ANNUAL STUDENT FOUNDATION EXHIBITION

Submission information

TIPS: HOW TO PHOTOGRAPH YOUR ARTWORK


FIRST YEAR BA ART & BFA ART MAJOR SCHEDULE   (Freshman Survival List)

TERM 1 Hrs. TERM 2 Hrs.
ART 1020 3 ARTH 2121 * 3
ART 1010 3 ART 1011 3
ART 1030 3 ART2030 3
ENGL 1101 3 ENGL 1102 3
CORE AREA E (HIST 2111 OR 2112) 3 MATH 1101, 1111, or 1113 3
TOTAL HOURS 15 TOTAL HOURS 15

Milestones:

  • Declare ART major.
  • Begin Area F CORE Art classes.
  • Accumulate 30 or more collegiate credits.
  • A grade of “C” or better must be earned in the required English courses & in all ART and ARTH major courses. 

* FIRST YEAR BFA INTERIOR DESIGN MAJOR SCHEDULE


Department of Art & Design Incoming Freshman/Transfer Student Scholarship