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Foundations is a year-long sequence of courses taken in your first year in the art department and is required for all incoming students majoring in BFA studio (Photo Media Art, Painting and Drawing, Graphic Design, and Sculpture) and BA (Art Education, Studio, and Art History). The faculty in the art department have designed this sequence of courses with students’ success in mind. Students are provided with hands-on experience in several materials, methods of creative practices, and processes that are traditional and experimental.

In foundations, students will develop essential skills of analyzing, writing, speaking about art and visual media; develop an understanding of the various disciplines; and begin to build personal research and idea generation techniques. Most importantly, Foundations provides a supportive environment for developing responsible and rigorous working habits required for success at UTC and creative professional fields alike.

Most art programs around the country have a sequence of courses known as “Foundations.” While our program has designed these courses to relate to the content of our specific majors, if you have taken similar courses at another institution, these courses will likely transfer to UTC. 


The UTC Catalog is the official source for degree requirements and course listings.



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UTC Fine Arts Center, Room 335
Department 1301
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37403

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

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