When it comes time to apply for jobs in your chosen profession once you graduated from art school, it’s nice to have a competitive advantage. As a student at Academy of Art University, we provide you with a comprehensive foundational skill set that puts you a head above the competition. One way we do this is through our foundations courses. Foundations courses teach students core, fundamental skills in drawing, painting, color, and design. These are required for every student, regardless of skill level. Individual majors will require different foundations courses based on the needs of each program. The focus on teaching foundations has been part of Academy of Art University’s curriculum from its founding 90 years ago, and it remains an important element to this day

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Foundations courses focus on the basics, improving the essential skills required for students to specialize in their chosen areas of focus. Courses cover such topics as:

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