The course opens an experimental field to complete the holistic approach in the first year of architecture. We examine precise observation, passion, independence, sensitivity and intuition - a broad palette of artistic processes, thinking and techniques, for a new understanding of our environment.
Artistic processes and thinking are a fundamental element of a democratic society. A focused examination of the immediate surrounding in a manual-oriented teaching, helps students to develop individuality, a greater understanding of their environment and reflected attitudes to the questions of our times.
The Bauhaus generation found itself in a crisis of knowledge, triggered by the experiences of the First World War and the destructive forces of mechanical rationality. 
Matthew B. Crawford describes our generation in a crisis of Distraction. We might even call it a crisis of reality, since we are appropriating our own realities almost exclusively indirect, constructing it from secondary sources, via media â a copy-paste society. We have to redefine a new approach to our immediate, concrete environment.
Following this, the students will be trained in questioning and searching rather than acquiring and applying. We will not focus on conveying cognitive knowledge. The exclusive studies of renowned master-pieces as well as learning techniques and methodologies will not enable us to understand the elementary importance of art to our culture, our societies and our individual existence. It's rather the experiment, the venture and sensual experience, that unfolds the power to sensitise our perception, to open our minds and make us discover unexplored paths.
Art Fundaments aims to liberate the students from rigid school structures and shift predetermined images of art. We want to wake critical spirits, that develop a new understanding of their environment through experiencing precise observation, passion, independence, sensitivity and intuition - a broad palette of artistic processes, thinking and techniques.
Art Fundaments investigates the relation between art and life, in three chapters:
Matter and Material
Landscape, more specifically the shorline of Lac Leman
Critical Mass - Performative notions of time and space
 Regina Bittner, Katja Klaus introduction for "Getsaltungsproben, Gespraeche zum Bauhausunterricht"
 Matthew B Crawford, the world beyond your head
- Plan and carry out activities in a way which makes optimal use of available time and other resources.
- Use a work methodology appropriate to the task.
- Negotiate effectively within the group.
- Take responsibility for environmental impacts of her/ his actions and decisions.
- Demonstrate a capacity for creativity.
- Demonstrate the capacity for critical thinking
- Take feedback (critique) and respond in an appropriate manner.
- Give feedback (critique) in an appropriate fashion.
Observation, Judgement, Action
- individual exercises
- group work
- Creating exhibitions
Expected student activities
- attendance at lectures
- completing exercises
- Doing project works
- Reading texts
- create presentations
Participation in lectures with exercises (25%)
Participation in group work (25%)
Participation in group discussions and reflections (25%)
Dans les plans d'études
- Semestre: Automne
- Forme de l'examen: Pendant le semestre (session d'hiver)
- Matière examinée: Art fundaments
- Cours: 1 Heure(s) hebdo x 12 semaines
- Exercices: 3 Heure(s) hebdo x 12 semaines