CoreSTUDIO, the Department of Art’s Foundation Program, is comprised of 3 primary course sections that are pre-requisites for most of the classes in the Department’s media areas; Sculpture, Painting and Drawing, Jewely-Metalsmithing, Fibers, Photography, Digital Arts and Printmaking - as well as serving Product Design and the larger university community.
Core’s innovative curriculum does not break course sections into the traditional areas of 2D, 3D and 4D. Preferring to collapse dimensional distinctions CoreSTUDIO student projects grapple with dimensional iterations. Students explore how their work functions, succeeds, and fails in multiple forms exposing students to the interrelationship of perception, systems of representation, and the limitations in 2D, 3D, and 4D outputs. CoreSTUDIO Instructors introduce multiple medias and new skill sets with an awareness of how different media forms function in relation to one another.
CoreSTUDIO’s structure reflects our faculty’s commitment to interdisciplinary and hybrid art inquiry. This structure includes an investigation of techniques, methods, and concepts common to all areas of art and design studio practice. Core Studio strives to stimulate a community of students and teachers who understand and will work within and across the boundaries of conventional visual disciplines; who can integrate technique and theory; who see the impact of their ideas in the public realm; who recognize and value the importance of The University of Oregon’s liberal arts environment; and who can bring the rigor of the University into an environment of creative production.