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Foundation Studies Program


“The way that farmers channel the water; fletchers shape the arrow; carpenters work the timber; the wise shape their lives.”
- Dhammapada, Verse 80



Weaving using found ‘waste’ material to create new aesthetic meaning.


Vision

‘Unlearning’ challenges the learner and incites reflection. The structure that challenges one’s dominant notions and encourages seeing the world from multiple perspectives and myriad ways of understanding can be stimulating. Building the capacity to think critically through a wide variety of medium and material can develop the voice of a responsible artist in a conscious designer.

Where aspirations take a roller-coaster ride of adventure, imagination and practice is a space that gets one to think out of the box. The fun of experiential ‘unlearning’, the thrill of exploring and the joy of making is something that a learner is always looking forward to.

‘Unlearning’ challenges the learner and incites reflection. The structure that challenges one’s dominant notions and encourages seeing the world from multiple perspectives and myriad ways of understanding can be stimulating. Building the capacity to think critically through a wide variety of medium and material can develop the voice of a responsible artist in a conscious designer.

Where aspirations take a roller-coaster ride of adventure, imagination and practice is a space that gets one to think out of the box. The fun of experiential ‘unlearning’, the thrill of exploring and the joy of making is something that a learner is always looking forward to.


Overview

Foundation Studies is a year-long experience spread over two semesters where the exciting journey of the creative practitioner begins. This is where the seeds of aspiration to expand the practice for next three years are sown. This space goes beyond the boundaries of discipline and introduces certain Core values relevant to the contemporary world of Art, Design and Technology.

Successful completion of this program will take students to four semesters of studio-based program.



Reflection to absorb the water-bodies and ecology around the foothills of the Nandi Hills.


Core Values

Expanding the idea of learning, a well-rounded development of an individual, who empathizes with the world around rests on certain core values:

Navigate layers to unravel complexity
Appreciate multiple perspectives to expand understanding
Inculcate curiosity to explore new terrains
Engage playfully with medium and material
Construct ideas to make meaning
Exercise criticality to reflective expression



Exploring modes of story-telling in a group-work.


Course Structure

These are the building blocks that are interconnected and form a larger pattern like the pieces of an open puzzle. The integrated pattern becomes apparent when one navigates through these modules.

  • Contextual Enquiry explores Art and Design practices from a variety of generative themes clustered around historical, social, political, economical and cultural contexts, through various tools, techniques, methodologies and modes of enquiry.
  • Generic Skills expand the ability to observe, make, know, experience and build competence in creative production to translate ideas into expressions.
  • General Studies expose and engage learners with a wide range of discourses in philosophy, history, critical thinking, cultural studies, science, literature and language.
  • Study of Socio-ecology immerses learners into the complexities of society/culture/ecology/craft/design/art practices through field visits, research-methods and documentation. Directness of experience and engagement in the real-world contexts is primary to this unit.
  • General Electives range from essential skill-sets in the art & design disciplines to trans-disciplinary skills like coding, geo-tagging and so on.
  • Holistic Education nurtures the personal interest in a learner that goes beyond the academic work and discourse. These act as catalysts in interpersonal skills, stress-busting and inculcating esprit-de-corps and promotes inclusion.



Field visits as part of the observation and learning for Study of Social Ecology unit.



Handloom weaving process at the Janapada Sewa Trust, Melukote, Karnataka.


Learning Approaches

A range of approaches bring alive the experience of imbibing the core values:

  • Driven by Enquiry through generative themes that are rooted around historical, socio-cultural and political contexts
  • Theoretical and Critical approach to expand the idea of art and design practice
  • Hands-on approach to making in interdisciplinary ways, for developing self-expression
  • Research and collaborations as ways to enhance creativity and studio learning.
  • Field based enquiry making the real-world into a classroom
  • Participatory approach through direct engagement with communities of various practitioners



Art Installation by Students - The Invisible Wall.


Capabilities Engaged

Understanding large frameworks of any system or practice and making connections.

Applying studio habits that help internalize a set of dispositions and defined approaches to gradually develop one's own practice.

Iterating to translate a line of thinking into a desired form by drawing from one's exposure to various kinds of practices, and to hone skill by repetitive use of certain tools.

Creating through appropriate medium or material.

Reflecting to continuously learn from reviewing and recording one's own process while carefully analysing the relationships between the part and the whole.


Enquiry

For more information about this program, kindly email Ramesh Kalkur at ramesh.kalkur@manipal.edu
Or Pooja Kaul at pooja.kaul@manipal.edu and Kumar K J at kumar.kj@manipal.edu