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


The Veterans Project: Leaving Theatre

The Office of the President, the Division of Enrollment Management, the Department of Theatre Arts, and the Office of Veteran and Military Services presents: The Veterans Project: Leaving Theatre, Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 3:00 P.M. in Parker Theatre.


Fighting for Survival: SUNY New Paltz presents The Trojan Women

The Department of Theatre Arts at SUNY New Paltz presents Euripides’ tragedy, The Trojan Women, Feb. 26 – March 8, in Parker Theatre located on the New Paltz campus. The…


Art history professor releases new book on Gothic art and Romantic literature

Kerry Dean Carso, associate professor of art history, has written “American Gothic Art and Architecture in the Age of Romantic Literature,” published by the University of Wales Press. The book…

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