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1st semester studios project, MID student Zoe Nemetz


Learn universal design skills in a collaborative environment.


Today's design professions draw upon a shared fluency in creative thinking and problem-solving. Architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture, and the emerging design professions require skills in reading, writing, visual representation, critical thinking, and research that are shared across these fields.

Segment I, Foundation, works to develop students' design and technical skills; understanding of spatial relationships, human scale, and materiality; critical reading, writing, and research capabilities; and awareness of the design industry and professional practice, all of which are required to succeed in Segments II and III.

Foundation can be completed in two semesters by a student who is taking a full-time academic course load. Beginning with CityLab, the student in first-semester Foundation learns to integrate design and thinking skills in the areas of collaboration and community, critical reading and research, design representation, application of design methods and creative problem solving.

How Your Spring Classes Will Start

  1. Please log into Moodle the week of January 18.
  2. Go into each course's Moodle site, and look for instructions on when and how each class will start.

If you need assistance accessing Moodle, please email If you have any other questions, please email

Foundation Materials: Tools and Supplies

Materials on this list are necessary for students taking a Foundation-level studio (FND1003, FND1004, FND3032, and ARC1001 or ARC3306).
Students can also expect to use them in other Foundation courses, including FND1005, FND1006, and FND1010 (undergrad) and FND3006, FND3032 and FND3010 (grad).
In addition to tools purchased at the beginning of class, you will need to purchase materials like chipboard, paper, etc throughout the semester. Be advised that tools/supplies over the course of the semester are likely to be $300 or more. 
Click here to view Drafting, Sketching, and Model Building setup. 

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Foundation Portfolio Review

Upon completion of the 30 credits of Foundation, students submits a portfolio for review by the College. Successful completion of the Portfolio Review demonstrates the students' understanding and ability to reflectively synthesize the learning of Foundation. Read more at Foundation Portfolio Review.

Foundation Practice Assessment

(Applies to all programs except MDS and online tracks.)
The Foundation Assessment introduces students to the Practice assessment process. It is separate from the Foundation Portfolio Review. Based on coursework completed during Foundation, students develop graphic and written evidence which is assessed by an academic and practice team.

It is the moment when the academic and practice teams determine the student's initial Skill Level, provide suggestions about future assessments, give career guidance, and discuss the student's short-term and long-term Professional Development goals. The students will receive a copy of their Foundation Assessment Student Learning Contract (SLC) from this team.

For more information on Practice Assessment, email