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


"Architecture and Acoustics of Recording Studios Analysis to Prediction to Realization"

John Storyk, Co Founder and Principal of Walters-Storyk Design Group, will discuss the recent evolution of recording studios and audio content creation, Saturday March 28 from 4-6 p.m. in Lecture Center 103...


Stage performance stimulates conversation about issues in the veteran community

The Lucid Body Theatre company brought their production, "The Veterans Project: Leaving Theatre," to New Paltz's Parker Theatre on March 10. The performance was directed by Faye Simpson,…


Women's Summit brings alumnae and thought leaders to campus for panel discussions on success

The College welcomed 32 women scholars and business leaders, the vast majority of whom are New Paltz alumnae, for a summit entitled "Successful Women: What Does It Take?" on March…

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