The year-long foundation course is for those students unfamiliar with traditional and digital tools for art. It provides them with the theory and practice they need to start their training on a solid basis.
Here students learn to work with all the tools they need for their career: paint brushes, pencils, crayons, and the graphic tablet. Closely followed by their teachers, the students develop confidence in their own creative processes.
This year also serves to introduce students to art history and the rich panoply of past masters. It supplies them with the necessary concepts to understand these works and trains them in the language they need to describe what artists do in their work.
The skills acquired during this foundation course are crucial. Most applicants need to follow it. Only those who have already been trained in art, or gifted self-taught applicants, can go straight into the first-year course.