Cornish Programs


Art, Design, Film, and Interior Architecture majors spend the first year in FOUNDATIONS, a shared experience for all visual arts students.

Art Student Painting with out of focus student behind them standing at an easel

for Visual Artists

Becoming a thriving Artist-Citizen-Innovator requires more than knowing how to make something or deciding on a particular performance style.

We know artists are stronger in their own craft when they’re exposed to other art forms or diverse media. And we know artists can be extraordinarily adaptive, powerful problem-solvers when their work is grounded in a strong liberal arts education.

This film details the Foundations exhibition “Flourish.” It was made and driven entirely by first-year students, and was Directed + Produced by Daymien Bunao.

Foundations is an immersive, project-based, interdisciplinary experience that will introduce you to a variety of approaches toward making and thinking. You will work with studio faculty from each visual arts department, sampling the distinct languages of each discipline while building a robust foundational set of tools and building a network of friends and faculty with particular expertise. Because all studio faculty are working artists and designers, they have on-the-ground experiences to share with you and a lived sense of passion and dedication to their crafts.


Faculty + Staff


Gala Bent

Foundations Program Director + Studio Faculty

Erin Elyse Burns

Assistant Professor

Gayle Clemans

Associate Professor of Critical + Contextual Studies

Robert Rhee

Assistant Professor of Art

Ruth Tomlinson

Professor of Sculpture
Humanities + Sciences

Elissa Favero


Susan Boye

Professor of Design

Lorena Howard-Sheridan

Associate Professor of Design
Interior Architecture

Javier Gómez Alvarez-Tostado


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