In the fall semester, foundation students work with dedicated faculty in a centralized facility and studio space used exclusively for the foundation year. Students work in a collaborative environment that is key to an active, engaging educational experience. The term begins with activities in perception and active observation, followed by an examination of the visual forces in two- and three-dimensional design, culminating with an exploration of structural abstraction. Throughout the term students are confronted with new media and experiences that test and challenge creative thinking and enhance the ability to sense the possible. Students are asked to demonstrate the validity and depth of their learning strategies through reviews based on demonstrations of problem solving, creative development, intellectual curiosity, visual literacy and a sense of responsibility to the self and the collective studio.
In addition to the primary studio activity, foundation students will participate in three orientations. The Visual Symposium consists of a series of presentations of contemporary practice as defined by the major areas of study offered at KCAI. An introduction to the Central Shop covers the usage of stationary power tools and an exploration of a modular approach to form. The Digital Orientation introduces the freshmen to campus-specific technology and image capture and correction, with an emphasis on the ability to control both technology and image. The orientations take place, in whole or in part, on Fridays throughout the term; are integrated with the primary studio activity; and are designed to introduce the foundation student to campus resources, facilities and departments.
The foundation year’s access to a dedicated building, studios and faculty are coupled with very high expectations and make for an unforgettable year.
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