Foundation Year

Artwork by Rody Dufresne
The Associate of Fine Arts Degree Program requires a core group of Foundations courses during the first year of study. Starting with the second year, students take major-specific courses in addition to liberal arts courses.

Foundation Year Mission: 

DCAD embraces the practice of a Foundation year.  During this time, all students, regardless of their program, focus on the same fundamental issues of form making through studio classes in drawing, two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and four-dimensional (time-based) design, and color theory.  The purpose of the foundation experience is to develop visual literacy and skill in basic studio technique, to provide a foundation in art history, and to promote understanding of the underlying concepts and principles of the visual arts.  During the first two semesters, students work with materials, concepts and skills that they apply later in their areas of concentration.  Students cultivate the potential for visual, technical, and symbolic qualities of two- and three-dimensional form as well as color and the use of time as a design element.  The Foundation-Year includes a basic introduction to each studio emphasis through the Foundation Seminar.

Foundation Year Goals

Foundation Year Competencies

Foundation Year Curriculum


Syllabi with Supply Lists and Costs (First Year Art Kit)

Drawing I

Drawing II

2D Design I

2D Design II

3D Design I

3D Design II    

4D Design

Foundation Seminar