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Foundations in The School of Art at The University of Tennessee is a full year of fundamentals in the theory and practice that covers an expansive range of 2D, 3D, and 4D applications, ensuring an established foothold in various methods of thinking and making.

Comprised of a series of three fine arts courses over two semesters, the Foundations course load is designed to engage students in a broad spectrum of interdisciplinary skills, challenging concepts and innovative media.

Our students have access to and instruction in facilities such as the Woodshop, Media Pool, Mac lab, letterpress and our well equipped Foundations studio spaces.

Surrounded by peers with a wide array of skill sets and backgrounds, Foundations maintains a direct, symbiotic relationship to its surrounding community – both on the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our faculty mentors our second and third year graduate students serve as the instructors for Foundations classes, which brings a constantly fresh and diverse approach to instruction that is reflective of the contemporary art world in which we operate.

Upon completion of the Foundations courses, students engage in the multitude of upper-level departments including Ceramics, Graphic Design, Painting and Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Transmedia Design.

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