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First-Year Experience and Core Curriculum

As a first-year student, you will experience an immersive program that promotes your success in college.

Your yearlong Foundation Studio section will establish an immediate sense of community with your faculty and fellow classmates. The first-year Common Core Curriculum includes studio courses that teach the universal vocabulary, skills and concepts of all art and design disciplines. Working with your hands, on the computer, drawing from observation and building form prepares you for any major and because we teach across disciplines, Foundation helps equip you for the future, wherever your careers take you.

The Core Curriculum in your Liberal Arts and Sciences courses places a strong emphasis on common intellectual experiences, art history, critical inquiry, diversity, writing, information literacy and collaborative learning. You will always be in close dialogue with faculty members who will help you to discover working methods that will carry you into a major, serve you through college, and last a lifetime.