First-Year Foundation Studies

Take the first step.

The School of Art & Design at Suffolk University offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Fine Arts. 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.
  • Explore
    Go beyond the boundaries of what you had thought was possible.