Visual Arts Foundations Program

Visual Arts

The structure of the Art, Design, Film, and Interior Architecture programs removes barriers between these specialized areas by giving students a shared studio experience across all disciplines. In this first year Foundations Program, students work across print, sculpture, moving image, drawing, photography, animation, painting, sound, performance, writing, and digital tools. Students have access to a consistent studio base as well as a range of resource lab facilities that support these diverse processes and expanded practices.

Program Description

The Foundations Program will introduce the student to contemporary ideas and issues within the disciplines of art, design, film and interior architecture.

Full-time student-centered studio spaces and open access to equipment and resources facilitate the student with an opportunity to develop their work to their full potential.

As students work across drawing, painting, film, digital tools, printmaking, sculpture, photography, etc., they simultaneously engage with broader intellectual subjects, informed by the humanities and sciences and critical and contextual studies.  In doing so, they develop an informed cultural and social perspective that supports their studio practice.

All students entering the Foundations Program are required to have a laptop with the appropriate software. Please refer to the Cornish website for the most current systems requirements.

Learning Outcomes for the Shared Foundations courses:

  • Explore a variety of disciplinary approaches appropriate to Design, Art, Film and Interior Architecture.
  • Engage and describe historical and theoretical contexts of visual practice (C+CS) and relate studio work to the humanities and sciences (HS) through integrated course work where appropriate.
  • Display conceptual rigor and researched making, strengthen cultural literacy and world citizenship, recognize the reality of varied and diverse hierarchies of value.
  • Grow skills and competence in verbal communication of intent, reflection, and analysis, both written and spoken.
  • Display the ability to use basic tools and follow fundamental practices including, but not limited to: drawing, three-dimensional building, photography, design software, typographic skills, color theory, and moving image.
  • Participate in learning various critique strategies for responding to design work, and give and receive valuable and constructive feedback in response to work created by self and others.
 

Unit Descriptions

FN 123  Interdisciplinary Studio I  6 Credits  

FN123-124 is taught by Studio faculty who work collaboratively across disciplines representing the broad domains of Art, Design, Film and Interior Architecture. Students work within a studio cohort, and each project will draw on the instructors’ disciplinary expertise in relationship to conceptual themes. Students will be immersed in a dynamic experience, whereby existing assumptions about discipline, media, and methodology will be investigated, guiding the development of their studio practice through a diverse range of options and ideas. Learning outcomes include applied skills (practical and technical), cognitive skills (problem solving and critical analysis), communication skills, digital literacy, agency and collaboration.

FN 124  Interdisciplinary Studio II  6 Credits  

FN123-124 is taught by Studio faculty who work collaboratively across disciplines representing the broad domains of Art, Design, Film and Interior Architecture. Students work within a studio cohort, and each project will draw on the instructors’ disciplinary expertise in relationship to conceptual themes. Students will be immersed in a dynamic experience, whereby existing assumptions about discipline, media, and methodology will be investigated, guiding the development of their studio practice through a diverse range of options and ideas. Learning outcomes include applied skills (practical and technical), cognitive skills (problem solving and critical analysis), communication skills, digital literacy, agency and collaboration.

FN 133  Critical & Contextual Studies I  3 Credits  

FN133-134 are taught through a 15-week semester. Drawing on their disciplinary expertise in relationship to the module themes, Critical and Contextual studies faculty introduce students to the knowledge, concepts, and related discourses that contextually inform artistic practice as well as the production and analysis of visual culture. Students are supported in the process of knowledge acquisition and creation through research, lectures and writing.

FN 134  Critical & Contextual Studies II  3 Credits  

FN133-134 are taught through a 15-week semester. Drawing on their disciplinary expertise in relationship to the module themes, Critical and Contextual studies faculty introduce students to the knowledge, concepts, and related discourses that contextually inform artistic practice as well as the production and analysis of visual culture. Students are supported in the process of knowledge acquisition and creation through research, lectures and writing.

 

Foundations

Gala Bent Director of Foundation Program
MFA University at Buffalo, SUNY
BFA Ball State University

Susan Boye Professor
MFA Washington State University
BA Washington State University

Emilie Burnham

Gayle Clemans  Associate Professor
PhD University of Washington
MA University of Washington

Lane Eagles Instructor
Ph.D. Candidate University of Washington
MA University of Washington

Emilie Burnham  Instructor
MFA California Institute of the Arts
BFA University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Elyse Burns Assistant Professor
MFA University of Washington
BFA  University of Nevada

Craig Downing  Instructor
MS University of North Texas
BA University of Texas at Austin

Elissa Favero Instructor
MA  University of Washington
BA Williams College

Lorena Howard-Sheridan  Associate Professor
BFA Universidad, Iberoamericana, Mexico City
Robert Rhee  Assistant Professor
MFA Columbia University
BA Yale University

Ruth Marie Tomlinson  Professor
MFA University of Washington
BA The Evergreen State College

Javier Gomez Alvarez Tostado Instructor
Professional Degree of Architecture Universidad Anahuac
MS Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México