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Art Foundation Program

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The Art Foundation Program (AFO) is an exciting first year that provides an intellectually rigorous, studio-based experience in the fundamental issues of art and design.  The program exposes students to a vast forum of ideas and concepts preparing them for a wide range of disciplines.  Art Foundation extends the depth of one’s skills, powers of observation and intellectual agility.  Students should expect to be challenged, to try new materials, strategies and ideas.

This fundamental Art Foundation education and exposure to a variety of mediums is just one aspect of the experience.  Students benefit from a peer group of other first-year visual art students who will go on to define the fields of art and design. Art Foundation prepares young artists for their next three years at VCUarts, and ultimately, for a sustained career in the arts. Artists and designers do not work in isolation, and a strong peer group is one of the privileges of being at VCUarts.  The relationships forged here remain with our students throughout their life in the arts.

Upon entering the Art Foundation Program, some students have an idea of the department in which they want to study. Others may not be sure, and use the first year to help define their interests.

Completion of the Art Foundation Program is a prerequisite for entry into all visual art and design departments: Art Education, Communication Arts, Craft/Material Studies, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Kinetic Imaging, Painting + Printmaking, Photography + Film, and Sculpture + Extended Media.

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Faculty and alumni receive VMFA Artist Relief Fellowship

September 3, 2020
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Psyche Inspired

May 14, 2020
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Faculty member challenges art world to address ableism

November 13, 2019

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