School of Media, Culture & Design

Design Foundation

In the Design Foundation program, students learn core drawing, design, color and composition skills to prepare them for their major studies.


Each Foundation student also learns important professional life skills such as communication, time management and critical thinking. With a small class size and experienced, passionate faculty, students receive individual attention in each class session.

In our drawing courses students will develop key perceptual and technical skills for visualizing ideas and for self-expression. They will also gain capacities such as focus, self-confidence and a discerning eye.

In our design and color courses students will investigate the building blocks of 2D, 3D and time-based design and then learn to arrange them in personal and meaningful ways.

Our classes always consist of students from multiple majors. In this way students will discover that core design principles are crucial to each of the majors. Design is a language often spoken across disciplines, and it is here that students learn to speak design with each other.