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Art Foundation Requirements


The Art Foundation Requirements consist of the following courses:

  • ART 1101 - Studio Foundations: 2D
  • ART 1141 - Studio Foundations: Drawing
  • ART 1501 - Studio Foundations: 3D
  • ART 1531 - Studio Foundations: 4D
  • ARTH 1600 - World Art I: Art Prior to 1400
  • ARTH 1700 - World Art II: Art 1400-1900

The mission of the Studio and Art History Foundations curriculum is to prepare students for further studies in the Department of Art through a diverse and rigorous application of skills and concepts while stressing perceptual explorations of 2D, 3D, and 4D space. The Studio Foundations coursework presents a wide variety of textural, tactile, and physical processes and materials relevant to all areas of emphasis. The Faculty believe it is important to encourage students to think beyond purely formal aspects of art making and, at an early stage, engage a broad thematic content and concept driven inquiry. The Foundations curriculum promotes and encourages strong critical thinking and problem solving skills through studio projects, written and oral presentations, independent research, and portfolio preparation. Lectures, readings, and other assignments introduce the student to the diversity and richness of the contemporary art practice and its relationship to a diverse global culture.


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Office hours are scheduled by appointment. Please contact the Department of Art office at 303-615-0300.

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Directory Profile


Michael Bernhardt spent his early years as an amateur actor and theatrical technician, graduating with a BFA in Pottery and Art Education from Colorado State University in 1999 and earning his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Colorado-Boulder in 2009. Bernhardt has shown nationally in Colorado, New York, Ohio, New Mexico, and Texas, and internationally in Columbia, France, Australia, and China. His work was published in the October 2009 edition of New American Paintings and in Propeller Magazine with the collaboration Barchael. Bernhardt currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Studio Foundations and Sculpture in the Department of Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver.                  

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