The objective of the Foundation core is to develop and expand students' visual thinking through a critical examination and practice of methods and processes of creativity. The Foundation core is a prerequisite to the Fine Arts and Communications Design programs. The Foundation core helps freshmen evaluate their previous art experience and become grounded in the underlying concepts, principles and history of the visual arts. Students move on to specialization in their sophomore year.

Drawing I: Figure and General
4 credits
In figure drawing, an understanding of the human body is developed in all its aspects — what the human body is, what it is made of, how it moves, and how it exists in space. The model’s poses, at first, are simple, becoming more complex as skill and under¬standing develop. The emphasis then shifts to the entire space of the page, the model within that space, and the relationship of one figure to another. In general drawing, exercises move from a simple description of the object (its texture, weight, volume) to the relationship of two or more objects in space, and the understanding of space in multiple space relationships, and finally, to the organization of the entire drawing sur¬face. Emphasis is on the reality of drawing as against the reality of nature, stressing that the drawing process is both inventive and analytical. The student learns to devel¬op line and tone to arrive at an integrated image and to work with a variety of media including charcoal, inks, conte and oil crayon.

Drawing II: Figure and General
4 credits
This is a continuation of FDC-143.
Prerequisites: FDC-143.

Materials and 3-Dimensional Form I
3 credits
This course introduces students to the ma¬terials, techniques and ideas that comprise the three-dimensional world of “made” things. Of course, natural forms are also considered. The basic abstract compo¬nents — line, plane, mass and space — are examined and explored through assign¬ments and research. A three-dimensional sensibility is progressively developed when the basic components are manipulated by the effective use of direction, balance, axis, orientation and relationship; in other words, organization (composition). The aesthetic consideration of materials and tools in this context adds to the expressive equation of three-dimensional study. The process may begin with concept, material or observation; it continues by way of lectures, demonstra¬tions, critical analysis and class discussion until each project is crafted to completion.

Materials and 3-Dimensional Form II
3 credits
This is a continuation of FDC-157.

Light/Color/Design I
3 credits
Two-dimensional form, color structure, and composition are investigated here through many ideas and principles. Emphasis is on training the perception of the way color relationships affect optical as well as psy¬chological dynamics. A primary component of the course is the study of the many ways that light modulates our perception of color and form. Using art and nature as sources, students employ a variety of mediums to explore sensory and emotional, as well as intellectual, aesthetic concepts.

Light/Color/Design II
3 credits
This is a continuation of FDC-163. In the second semester, the course concentrates on the ways, both historical and experimen¬tal, of manipulating the two-dimensional surface to explore its endless expressive and structural possibilities. Prerequisites: FDC-163.

4-Dimensional Design I
2 credits
Through the use of computers, video, photo, sound and lighting equipment, students are introduced to basic concepts of art and design in space and time. Assignments direct students in creating works that utilize attributes of time and movement, elements of moving image, serial, sequential, and narrative ordering, still and moving image editing, sound and image relations, and object and even analysis. In focusing on the relations between students’ spacing and timing skills, the 4-D course extends and supplements the other Foundation courses, and prepares students for further work with time-based media.

4-Dimensional Design II
2 credits
This course is a continuation of FDC-180. Prerequisites: FDC-180.

Themes in Art and Culture I
3 credits
This course is the first in a required two-
semester sequence. It covers the history of art and architecture in Non-western cultures and in the West from Paleolithic to the early Renaissance. Works of art are studied in their social, political and economic contexts along with considerations about patronage and stylistic influences. The three-hour sessions will be organized into two hours of lecture and an hour of group discussion on assigned readings or special topics.

Themes in Art and Culture I
3 credits
This course is the second in the two-semester sequence of required courses for students in the School of Art and the School of Design. It covers the history of art and design in western and non-western cultures from the sixteenth century to the present. Works of art are studied in their social, political and economic contexts along with considerations about patronage and stylistic influences.

Intro to Literary/Critical Studies I
3 credits
This class serves as an introduction to liter¬ature, composition, critical analysis, and re¬search. Students are required to write essays based on the critical analysis of texts across a range of genres. Emphasis is placed on using writing as an extension of the thought process, and as a tool that can be integrated across academic and artistic disciplines. Stress is placed on mastering the elements of the thesis centered essay and developing research skills.

Intro to Literary/Critical Studies II
3 credits
While students continue to practice the crit¬ical thinking and writing skills acquired in HMS 101a, emphasis is placed on exploring literature and its relation to the other arts in greater depth, and on developing a writing style characterized by coherency, clarity of expression, and analytical rigor. Students are required to take HMS 103a in the semester following the one in which they took HMS 100a or HMS 101a



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Drawing, 3-D Design, 4-D Design, Light/Color/Design, Liberal Arts

Students spend the first
two years of their Pratt art degree working closely with full-time faculty in a serious, focused art environment.

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