CAUTION for Foundation Students

Here are a few things that have made others uncomfortable.

“…it was sometimes hard to know what the goal of an assignment was, making it difficult to correctly complete the task and get good grades…”

“…this lack of explanation in the presentation of assignments creates varied results, with a variety of interpretations…”

Most of your educational experience you have been looking for the right answer to a problem the teacher has assigned.  In design there are a variety of answers and you have to discover the problem and that is hard to get used too.  You will want the teacher to tell you what they want and they won’t. 

“I didn't feel comfortable and saw people attacking other people's ideas”

“…in class there was often an uneven distribution of comments on certain projects so it was difficult to gain specific insight just solely based on class discussion”

You probably are not used to having your work made public and critiqued by your professor and your peers. Feedback in these foundation courses is by critique more than by grades.  This happens a lot in design.

I loved [the] class, besides being graded against my peers”

“I understand the reasoning behind the idea of ranking students in relation to their peers, but I feel strongly that that competition hurts a student’s confidence in future projects”

This is a limited enrollment program so your ranking with your peers is a more meaningful evaluation than the standard grading system.  This does create a spirit of competition which is regrettable. 

“I feel that [these classes] were more of a semester long test for innate skill and not so much learning. There was not as much teaching [disseminating and regurgitating material] and a lot of ranking and critique.” “…much of the grading is based off of talent…”

The purpose of the foundation courses are to determine if you have the personality and aptitudes to succeed as an industrial designer here at BYU.  We are looking for Creative, Visual, and Adaptive thinkers.