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Foundations

Foundations

The Art + Design Foundations program encourages students to take hold of their creative education at Columbia College Chicago from day one.

Making 1 and Making 2, a pair of integrated studio courses, foster risk tasking and experimentation. Students practice creative strategies for individual and collaborative project development.

A series of five-week, intensive skill-building modules complement these principal studio courses and can be tailored to each individual student’s interests and academic goals.

Introduction to Visual Culture enhances students’ skills of observation, analysis, evaluation, critique and reflection, alongside the development of research and presentation skills.

22-1910 Making 1  (more info...)

22-1910 Making 1

Making 1 is the first in a pair of foundation-level courses that teaches students how to solve art and design problems. It introduces first-year students to critical strategies common to major areas of study offered within the departments of Art + Design, Photography and Fashion Studies. Students are exposed to a diversity of materials and methods, and are encouraged to develop their own unique solutions through experimentation and collaboration.

22-1920 Making 2   (more info...)

22-1920 Making 2

Making 2 is the second in a pair of foundation-level courses that teach students how to solve art and design problems. It builds on Making I by strengthening the first-year student’s ability to analyze and use critical strategies common to major areas of study offered within the departments of Art + Design, Photography and Fashion Studies. Assuming the role of problem solver, students work on increasingly complex projects, which culminates in a formalized demonstration of their ability to make work.

22-1925 Making for Transfers   (more info...)

22-1925 Making for Transfers

Making for Transfers is a foundation-level course oriented toward transfer students in an art or design studio program or Fashion Design, and students from other programs working towards an art or design area minor. Students are exposed to a diversity of materials and methods, and are encouraged to develop their own unique solutions through experimentation and collaboration. Assuming the role of problem-solver, students work on increasingly complex projects which culminates in a formalized demonstration of their ability to make work.

22-1930 Medium   (more info...)

22-1930 Medium

This introductory course focuses student learning around a specific generative or observational technology. Students will produce projects through the implementation of the specified technology and its basics will be covered through a series of classroom demos and slide lectures. Student work will be refined through critiques, discussions, and one-to-one training.


A list of Medium modules offered in Fall 2014 (select for more info...)

Photographing Space (sections 01, 02, 03) 
Sewing Essentials (section 04, 05, 06, 13, 14, 15)
Basic HTML/CSS (sections 07, 08, 09)
Drawing: Ink on Paper (sections 10, 11, 12)
Image, Text, and Type (sections 16, 17, 18)
Collaging Interiors in Photoshop (section 19, 20, 21)
Basic Screenprinting (section 22, 23, 24)
Photographing in the Studio (sections 25, 26, 27)

22-1940 Methods    (more info...)

22-1940 Methods

This introductory course teaches students to organize, structure, and develop specific solutions to produce creative works. Students examine and apply this systematic approach to their output. Emphasis is placed on situating the correct steps to achieve a desired result.


A list of Methods modules offered in Fall 2014 (select for more info...)

Perspective Drawing (sections 01, 02, 03)
Drawing for Fabrication (section 04,05, 06)
Survey Design (sections 07, 08, 09)
Narrative Drawing (sections 10, 11, 12)
Photographing People (sections 13, 14, 15)
Ideational Sketching (sections 16, 17, 18)
Basic Circuitry for Creative Use (sections 19, 20, 21)
Interior Space Design (sections 22, 23, 24)
Color Systems (sections 25, 26, 27)
2D to 3D Form (sections 28, 29, 30)

22-1950 Materials    (more info...)

22-1950 Materials

This introductory course focuses on the use and manipulation of a specific material in developing solutions to creative problems. Students use this substance and learn to adapt their working procedures to its specific concerns. Projects are designed to heighten students’ understanding of the physical properties and solutions dictated by material choices.


Click here for a list of Materials modules offered in Fall 2014 (select for more info...)

The Anatomy of Objects (sections 01, 02, 03)
Collage and Music (sections 04, 05, 06)
Material Investigations (sections 07, 08, 09)
Basic Model Making (sections 10, 11, 12)
Basic Digital 3D Modeling (sections 13, 14, 15)
Texture in the Urban Environment (section 16, 17, 18)
Fabric Manipulations (section 19, 20, 21)
Wood (sections 22, 23, 24)

22-1105 Introduction to Visual Culture   (more info...)

22-1105 Introduction to Visual Culture

In this course, students will refine their skills of seeing, discussing, and writing about visual culture. Structured according to methodologies for visual analysis rather than chronology or artistic style, the course introduces students to critical approaches that can be applied to a wide range of images, objects and spaces. Through assignments that emphasize writing, research and presentation skills, students will explore a broad range of perspectives on visual literacy.