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The Foundations Program within the School of Art and Design is intended to provide a common experience of concepts, methods, and issues that are common throughout a wide variety of art and design disciplines.

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Foundations Concepts

The Foundations Program

The School of Art and Design prepares students for participation in the professional fields of art, design, and education, broadening the scope of their experience by providing intellectual support for art beyond the limits of studio skills.

The Foundations Program within the School of Art and Design is intended to provide a common experience of concepts, methods, and issues that are common throughout a wide variety of art and design disciplines. An awareness of the broad nature of art and design underlies all foundation courses. The foundation courses prepare students for study in their chosen discipline and serve as a foundation for visual awareness, problem solving, creativity, and development of analytical and critical faculties.

As program goals, these criteria should be met, in some degree, by every foundation course. Obviously, some course will stress certain goals more heavily than others, but for consistency, pedagogical reinforcement, and to ensure that the goals are actually met, they must be present in every foundation course.

Foundation instruction does not stop at the end of a student's foundation courses. It is the responsibility of the faculty as a whole to continue to reemphasize the basic skills, vocabulary, and principles that will help students to succeed in the program as well as in their chosen career path. Educational theory has shown that students often do not absorb information the first time they are exposed to it. Depending upon the manner in which information is presented--as well as the learning style of the student--as little as 5% of what a student is exposed to will be retained and transferred to work in other classes. Faculty should recognize the fact that students need to be exposed repeatedly to basic information before being able to apply that information.

FOUNDATION PROGRAM
EMPHASIZES

Comprehension of visual structures as elements
that are fundamental to the artistic process

Understanding of the relationship of art
and the artist to mass culture

Exhibition of conceptual development

Ability to solve problems. Ability to be self-critical

Ability to use written, oral, and visual
communication to present and
articulate concepts


FOUNDATION COURSES

AD101 - 4 credit hours
Rrocess & Design

AD102 - 4 credit hours
Foundational Drawing

AD270 - 4 credit hours
Social Structures

AD485 - 4 credit hours
Foundations: Theories and Practices


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Foundation Program provides a common experience of concepts, methods, and issues across a variety of disciplines

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Foundations Faculty

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Foundations Coordinator
Tracy Wascom

Assistant Professor
B.F.A. University of Louisiana, Lafayette
M.F.A. Syracuse University


EMAIL

twascom@nmu.edu
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Emily Lanctot

Assistant Professor
B.F.A. Northern Michigan University
M.F.A. Vermont College of Fine Arts

Emily Lanctot recieved a BFA from Northern Michigan University in Drawing and Painting and recieved an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Interdiscplinary Studio. Emily is the Curator of Collections and Outreach for the Devos Art Museum along with teaching foundations courses for the School of Art & Design.


EMAIL

elanctot@nmu.edu
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Emily Lanctot
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Emily Lanctot
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Julie Clark-Risak

Assistant Professor
B.F.A. Northern Michigan University
M.A.E. Northern Michigan University

Julie Clark-Risak teaches foundational drawing courses for the School of Art & Design.


EMAIL

jclarkri@nmu.edu
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Foundation Courses

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AD 101 Process and Design

4 credit hours

An exploration of various technical methods of construction, production, and assembly used in the creation of art forms (2D, 3D, and 4D), integrated with an introduction to and application of the visual vocabulary of art (visual elements, principles of design, color theory).


AD 102 Foundational Drawing

4 credit hours

Introductory drawing course focusing on the methods and knowledge needed to create various types of spatial illusions and translate observed information onto a two-dimensional surface.


AD 270 Concepts and Culture

4 credit hours
Prerequisites: AD 101, AD 110 & Sophmore Standing

This course engages in the direct experiential understanding and development of ideas and intentions within art and design. The emphasis is on understanding the relationship of art/design and its maker to culture at-large as a method of contextualizing a student’s current and future work. The comparative study of cultural products, visual representation, and visual conditioning, both historically and in contemporary society, will be discussed.


AD 485 Foundations: Theories and Practices

4 credit hours
Prerequisite: AD 270

Utilizing a range of analytical and practical frameworks this course includes an intensive examination of the methods, production, values, philosophies and theories surrounding art and design.


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