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Foundation Studies

As a first-year student, you take foundation courses that are transdisciplinary and cut across MCAD’s curriculum. These courses expose you to a wide 各种 of techniques, 工具, 和概念, while supporting your integration into the MCAD community. The goal of Foundation Studies is to build a solid foundation of art and design skills, 关键概念, and history while further developing writing and research skills. All MCAD students take Foundation: 2D, Foundation: Drawing 1, Foundation: Media 1, and Writing and Inquiry. Working with an advisor, you identify additional foundation courses that support your development in an area of interest.

Declaring a Major

Following your first year of study, you work with an advisor and various instructors to define your goals and choose a major. You declare a major no later than your third semester at MCAD. Bachelor of Science students do not need to declare; they are automatically Creative Entrepreneurship majors.

Foundation Studies Courses

Foundation: 2D


Foundation: 2D is an introduction to creative thinking that develops students’ skills in research, 观察, interpretation, and self-expression. An emphasis is placed on exploring new ways to read and see the world, as well as new ways to report on it. Students learn basic two-dimensional principles through the use of various media, 工具, 材料, and processes. 结果是, students develop a visual and verbal language for analyzing, 组织, 塑造, and communicating two-dimensional form and meaning.

Foundation: Drawing 1


Foundation: Drawing 1 is an introductory drawing course designed to prepare students for study in all majors of the college. Students develop basic drawing skills, including the ability to perceive and express visual relationships, organize a two-dimensional composition, and depict and manipulate form, 空间, 和光线. Students work from direct 观察 of still life, interior 空间, and landscape.

Foundation: Media 1


Students are introduced to digital resources at MCAD while exploring digital media. Areas covered include the Service Bureau, 灰色的工作室, and 媒体中心, along with other digital resources. Students use a 各种 of software and hardware to learn the basics of working with recorded media, including video, 声音, and photography, as well as developing critical language for discussing media and media artists. 

Foundation: Media 2


Building on the knowledge acquired in Foundation: Media 1, this course engages students’ skills in 观察, 记录, 编辑, critical analysis, and conceptualization within media arts. Through discussions, 讲座, and creative projects, students explore various modes of media presentation and the power of moving images and multimedia work. Using digital technologies to deepen their media and technology foundation, students explore complex concepts and techniques for creating impactful work. Prerequisite: Foundation: Media 1

Foundation: 3D


This course is an introduction to the understanding of visual creation in the development of knowledge, 想象力, and perception. Students are introduced to basic three-dimensional concepts as well as 材料 and technical production processes. Classroom activities include shop demonstrations of 工具 and techniques, 讲座, 批评, and discussions appropriate to promoting the balanced fusion of practice and theory.

Foundation: Drawing 2


Foundation: Drawing 2 is an 观察ally based drawing course designed to reinforce and develop the basic drawing skills established in Foundation: Drawing 1. Students work with a 各种 of subjects, including a substantial amount of drawing from the figure. In addition to working from direct 观察, students explore drawing as a tool for invention, conceptualization, and idea development. The course also affords students an opportunity to investigate drawing 材料 in more breadth and depth than in Foundation: Drawing 1. Prerequisite: Foundation: Drawing 1

Ideation and Process


Everything we make has its beginning as an idea, which takes form as an artist/designer makes a series of decisions to guide its creative evolution. This course is designed to help students explore the development of new ideas and their own process of making. Students also create visual 工具 to track their creative process from idea through construction and then to post-production analysis. The course consists of discussions, 批评, exercises, and visual logs. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

Sophomore Seminar: Contemporary Practice


Practice is more than working methods: it’s the context, 市场营销, and creative 空间 that maintain creative work. Contemporary Practice introduces students to the foundations, 各种, and 工具 of a professional practice. Students upgrade websites and documentation, enter contests, and create professional presentations of their work. Classes consist of 讲座, student presentations, and guest speakers from a wide range of disciplines. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

Writing and Inquiry


Key to the creative and critical growth of the engaged, successful artist is participation in a culture of writing and inquiry. Students in this course focus on the kinds of writing they will encounter and produce in their coursework at MCAD and as creative professionals. Regular writing workshops allow students to concentrate on experiential and practical approaches to writing. Students explore a 各种 of texts and objects through class assignments, and then develop clear compelling essays employing a 各种 of rhetorical and narrative strategies. 

Introduction to Art and Design: 历史 1


The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the major stylistic, 主题, 文化, and historical transformations in art history from prehistoric times to the nineteenth century. This course helps students develop critical 工具 for the interpretation and understanding of the meaning and function of art objects, 体系结构, and design artifacts within their original historical contexts. Class sessions consist primarily of lecture with some discussion. Students take in-class examinations and complete short essay assignments.

Introduction to Art and Design 历史 2


This course introduces students to issues in modern art, popular culture, and contemporary art and design. Topics may include the expanding audience for art, the transformation of the art market, the impact of new technologies, the changing status of the artist, and the role of art in society. This course is taught as a seminar with some 讲座. Prerequisite: Introduction to Art and Design 历史 1 or faculty permission