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Liberal Arts + Foundations

A solid foundation to support big dreams.

At RMCAD, we believe that the liberal arts are the essential human context for artistic expression. Artists and designers who understand the fundamental principles and ideas that have shaped our civilization will, ultimately, make more informed decisions when it comes to their own creations. 

Liberal Arts

With a seasoned staff of historians, writers, sociologists, scientists, and humanists, our Liberal Arts Department teaches a comprehensive curriculum focused on a spectrum of culturally enriching subjects, from history, literature, and the humanities to the social and physical sciences.


No matter the artist you aspire to become, you need to start with the basics. Foundation Studies courses at RMCAD will help you to refine fundamental skills, such as sketching, sculpting, and the study of composition and color theory. You’ll also practice creative problem solving while honing your computer literacy. 

All RMCAD students, regardless of major, will take between 12 and 21 credit hours of Foundations coursework during the freshman and sophomore years. With a combination of studio projects and written assignments, these classes challenge you to explore materials, techniques, and critiques in new ways. You’ll work with everything from charcoal to software to woodworking tools as you enhance your visual expression. 

Transfer students who have studied basic art concepts through another accredited program may be eligible for credits for all or some of these classes. Check with your Admissions Counselor for more information.