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.
Inside Perspective: An Essay by Curatorial Research Intern Chlo Finley
VCUarts Art Foundation Annual International Student Exhibition 2021: “Better”
Browse recent work by Art Foundation students.
Recognition by Anna Burgoyne / Spring 2021
By Sophia Grinston / Spring 2021
Wooden Wings by Brinnaria Schmiedicke / 2021
Teymura Landsverk, 2019
Chloe Holl, 2019
Aya Daniels, 2019
Claire Woolfall, 2019
Mortimer Cameron, 2019
Esther Lee, 2020
Kynnedi Wilkerson, 2020
Verena Lathers, 2020