Bowling Green State University's first year program consists of three semester long courses that are each split into 8 week sessions.

Perception and Color - Drawing and Color Theory
Surface and Process - 2D design and Methods and Practices
Space and Time - 3D design and 2D design.

University of North Dakota
Basic Design - combined 2-D and 3-D foundations course
Digital Foundations - developed the on-line version of this course which focuses on practical digital skills that all art majors need.