Students are challenged by courses that share a philosophy of learning through making-thinking-exploring-reflecting and honor the needs of individuals to define their relationship to the world as artists and designers. The program assists students as they consider their major options, providing a breadth of experiences while promoting in-depth thinking and skill development.
First Year Experience Overview
The First Year Experience program is a commonly shared experience for all entering students and will precede the choice of a major, which will take place in the spring semester.
The First Year Experience design is in response to the rapid changes in art, design and technology, and the intersections between them that are occurring today. It has been crafted to provide a rigorous, integrated curriculum that reflects the diversity of our people and our learning pathways.
The program include's a more flexible curriculum of inter-related courses addressing contemporary art and design practice. First-year students will be engaged in traditional skill building through a more trans-disciplinary approach. This is built into
Additionally, the first-year curriculum is tailored to the individual, increasing the number of choices, and allowing students more agency to design their own personal and professional pathway.