The Foundation Year is an entire experience. It is more than a series of classes.

Foundation Year Mission

The Foundation Year is an entire experience. It is more than a series of classes. Students are challenged to ask critical questions in art, craft, and design and interrogate their roles as thinkers, makers, and participants in visual culture. Assumptions are challenged, risk taking is encouraged, new concepts explored, techniques developed, traditional and digital studio methods and media are explored.

Foundation emphasizes community and collaboration through program-wide activities and events. The Foundation Year experience prepares first-year students for creative and critical participation in their lives and provides a basis for continued study in all areas of art and design.
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In the Spotlight


Pianist Frederic Chiu's 'Classical Smackdown' features Prokofiev vs. Debussy

The Department of Music at SUNY New Paltz presents "Classical Smackdown," an innovative musical experience performed by pianist Frederic Chiu. The event will be held on campus Tuesday, Feb. 3,…


Fall 2014 Dean's List announced

SUNY New Paltz has announced its Dean's List for the fall 2014 semester. Dean's List designation is reserved for students who excel academically and earn at least a 3.3 grade-point…


Interim dean of the School of Fine and Performing Arts named to Walkway Over the Hudson board of directors

Members of the Walkway Over the Hudson organization recently voted to add five new directors to its board—including New Paltz's very own Paul Kassel, interim dean of the School of…

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