Through foundation studies courses, SCAD undergraduate students experience a transformation in how they use visual language, define and creatively solve problems and develop new ideas. Drawing and design courses build an understanding of the connection between research, process and creative results. Students develop facility with a wide range of media and techniques that enable them to integrate conceptual development with studio abilities to realize their ideas.
The SCAD core curriculum is designed to provide undergraduate students with a broad base of knowledge and skills prior to entering the major curriculum. The organization of foundation studies courses into a two-year sequence allows students to complete necessary prerequisites in preparation for upper-level coursework. Students should consult their programs of study for specific core curriculum requirements.
SCAD has the only dedicated School of Foundation Studies in the United States, offering an array of support services to encourage student success. The Drawing and Design Center offers workshops and peer tutoring and the Still Life Center provides a studio space where elaborate still life materials are available for sustained study. Students hone their drawing skills with open model sessions, learn about faculty work in the presentation series Art First, and have the opportunity to showcase their own work in several exhibitions throughout the year.
With instruction from committed and energetic faculty members with terminal degrees, students are nurtured and motivated to strive to reach their full potential. Foundation studies help students develop the abilities needed to meet the challenges of their academic and professional careers.