First-Year Foundation Studies

Take the first step.

The Art & Design Department at Suffolk University offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Graphic Design and Interior Design and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Studio Art. Regardless of your major, the Foundation Studies program will be your first step.

The first-year Foundation Studies program is designed to equip you with the fundamentals of visual thinking and communication. You’ll get an uncommon degree of personal attention from your instructor, and a sense of bonding with your fellow students that will last throughout your studies. In the Foundation Studies program, you will:

  • Develop Chops
    You will learn a lot about tools and materials and how to use them
  • Own the Problem
    This means to really engage with your assignments in a personal way, and keep trying even if it doesn't go well at first
  • Communicate
    Express the ideas, feelings, and meaning behind your work
  • Observe
    See things in more depth and detail than ever before
  • Question, Explain, and Evaluate
    Think and talk intelligently about your own work and that of fellow students
  •  Go beyond the boundaries of what you had thought was possible