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College of Fine Arts and Communication
School of Art and Design

Foundations in the School of Art and Design

The Foundation Year

The Foundation year is essential to one's development as an artist regardless of the area of intended study. Think of the Foundation year as laying the groundwork for the following three years. There are certain basic principles and ideas which remain constant whether one is intent upon a career in the fine arts or the applied arts (environmental design, graphics, illustration, etc.), two-dimensional, or three-dimensional design. This essential understanding of design principles is even helpful to one's critical abilities in the more theoretical areas of study such as Art History and Community Arts Management.


The basic training received in Foundations is broad enough to give different areas of interest and talent a sound and equal basis. Specific descriptions of the courses undertaken in the Foundations year are found below. Projects are chosen with specific goals in mind. It is intended that each project build on the information learned from the previous ones. Faculty are aware of the courses that most students are in at a given time. It may well be the case that faculty teaching different courses, for instance Design I and Beginning Drawing, confer with each other so as to be in a position to reinforce the content each is teaching.


Following are the many areas of concentration in which one may pursue a degree at East Carolina University School of Art and Design:
  • Animation / Interactive Design
  • Ceramics
  • Cinematic Arts Media Production
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Metal Design
  • Painting and Drawing
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile Design
  • Wood Design
  • BFA in Art Education
  • BA in Art History and Appreciation


Although students enrolling in the School of Art are frequently mindful of the area of intended concentration, it is best at this time to keep an open mind. In foundation courses students are introduced to ideas and techniques to which they have not been previously exposed. It is important to recognize these courses as opportunities to experiment and to take advantage of the opportunities offered. Often this leads to areas of interest and study which had not previously been considered.