Student working on an art piece in class


At Brockport, the artistic journey begins with an education in the foundations of arts and design. Foundations focus on developing essential, interdisciplinary skills which will assist all students, across a range of media and artistic expression, as they advance through our programs. We address artistic traditions which date back to the very first drawings preserved on cave walls, along with the newest software and technology, to create a responsive and contemporary curriculum fit for artists in the 21st century.

Students in the freshman cohort can expect to study two-dimensional design and drawing fundamentals in their fall semester, before advancing to three-dimensional design and digital foundations in the spring, as they grow alongside their peers through hands-on learning, exploration and critique.


We have two dedicated workspaces for two- and three-dimensional projects, a computer lab with Apple computers and industry-standard software, and a laser cutter for design projects and fabrication. Additionally, the department hosts Foundations exhibitions to highlight the accomplishments of our emerging artist community.

I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. Vincent Van Gogh