The Foundations Program—the freshman year for all Art, Design, Film, and Interior Architecture students—is about working together with faculty and peers so that you have what you need to develop your creative voice.
We believe that opportunities open up when students who paint are exposed to design; when designers understand film; when filmmakers draw. It may not show up in your work immediately, but diversity in all its manifestations changes the realm of what’s possible.
In Foundations, you’ll study with a small cohort in shared studios. Our faculty, professional artists themselves, are adept at knowing when to give you structure and when to let your ideas roam. Your projects will be iterative and collaborative, a mix of making, research, reading, and writing. We’ll bring humanities and science into the picture as well.
Your work will include both digital and analog processes. You’ll learn from the past and shape your own future.
Critically, you’ll experience all this in Seattle, an urban center surrounded by stunning natural resources, where pop culture and high culture join forces, where the theoretical and material together spark concepts unimagined. It’s no wonder our city is one of the most potent creative communities in the country.
Foundations is a program for taking things in: skills, content, concepts. At year’s end, you’ll choose to focus on Art, Design, Film, or Interior Architecture.
And the edges will always be as porous as you want them to be.
First year writing is completed as part of this model Over the course of the Foundations year, students will develop integrative learning skills across and beyond the curriculum in conjunction with an increased capacity to transfer knowledge and learning between subjects, while being exposed to a broad spectrum of practices from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Reading, writing, research and making are emphasized as equally important components within an informed and adaptive practice. As students progress through the program, they work closely with faculty to develop an individual perspective and a personal artistic direction, developing skills in both analogue and digital media. Full time studio space and ongoing access to equipment and facilities provide the student with opportunity to work within various communities of practice, and to develop cumulative learning while simultaneously developing an ongoing awareness of their work. The Foundations Program culminates with students selecting one of three pathways: Art, Design, or Film.
The Foundations studios are configured to a flexible and adaptive shared workspace that models the culture of the program. They are spacious, with high ceilings and lots of natural light. Students have access to their studios late into the evenings and on weekends.
The Foundations curriculum is intentionally designed to facilitate making connections and build content across subject areas with research-directed learning outcomes. Students register for the following three units per semester for a total of 15 credits. These units are fully integrated to deliver an intentionally connected framework that models and builds integrative skills and learning.
An example of a typical weekly schedule
|9am||STUDIO FN123||STUDIO FN123||OPEN STUDIOS
FLEXIBLE LAB ACCESS
|STUDIO FN123||H+S HS113|
|1pm||STUDIO FN123||STUDIO FN123||OPEN STUDIOS
FLEXIBLE LAB ACCESS
|STUDIO FN123||STUDIO FN123|
|2pm||C+C FN133||H+S HS113|
|3pm||C+C FN133||H+S HS113||C+C FN133|
All incoming students will need to purchase a laptop and software before the start of classes. Provided below is a list of minimum system requirements to run the software that will be taught at Cornish College of the Arts:.
If you have already invested in a different system or have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Visual Arts IT Coordinator.