Students learn the art-making and critical thinking skills they need to become inventive, informed makers. A personal vision emerges from the confluence of visual, intuitive, and rational thinking. Underlying this synthesis is the belief that meaningful artistic investigation combines creativity with problem solving and defining.
1st Term: The core curriculum includes Life Drawing, Drawing and Composition, Principles of Design, and Form and Space. Students take these four studio courses along with Liberal Arts and Sciences as a part of a section, where peer collaboration promotes creative investigation, construction of meaning, and appropriate risk-taking.
2nd Term: Students continue Drawing and Composition, Form and Space, Liberal Arts and Sciences and add Connections Through Color and Design, a Creative Action course. They can take Creative Practices and Responses, a unique studio course that focuses on the study and practice of creative thinking that bridges art and design disciplines in place of second-term Life Drawing. Second-term students also select an Elective that introduces the majors.