Foundation Supply List

2022 - 2023

Your faculty have compiled this list based on the projects you’ll be completing in your courses. There’s no need to buy everything at once or to buy items that you already own and any brand you see below can be substituted with a comparable brand. Expect to use all of these materials throughout your first year here. 

Before the first day of classes, faculty members will reach out via your PCA&D email to confirm what you need to bring on the first day of classes.


  1. Buy a pre-curated supply kit at a discount from PCA&D
    Our kits contain most of the supplies you’ll need for your Foundation studio courses. The kits are provided by curio. Gallery & Creative Supply, owned and operated by two PCA&D alumni, Matt Chapman & Nicole Duquette. Supply kits will be available for pickup at Orientation. Pricing details for the supply kit are located on the order form and will be billed to your MyPCAD account. Students may also choose to purchase a portfolio on the order form.
  2. Shop online to find a wider selection of supplies at lower costs and ship them to your home. We recommend:

supplies you'll needed

FD 101 Drawing I ( included in the supply kit )

  • Graphite drawing pencil 2H, HB, 2B, 4B, 6B
  • 24″ ruler  
  • Winsor & Newton vine charcoal – soft 12pk 
  • Charcoal pencil – HB, 2B, 4B
  • 2-hole metal sharpener
  • Staedtler Mars white plastic eraser – large 
  • Design kneaded rubber eraser – extra Large 
  • Strathmore drawing paper pad: 24 sheets: 18″ x 24″
  • Newsprint drawing pad: 100 sheets: 18″ x 24″
  • Conte crayon: black 2B: 2pk
  • Conte crayon: white 2B: 2pk
  • 3 sheets toned paper (gray): 18″ x 24″
  • Drawing board, heavy-duty sketch clipboard: 23″ x 26″
  • Workable fixative
  • Sketchbook: 11″ x 14″

FD 103 2D Design I ( included in the supply kit )

  • 2 sheets of 20″ x 30″ cold press illustration board
  • 9″ x 12″ tape bound sketchbook
  • Micron markers (3pk): 01, 03 and 05 
  • Colored pencils: white, warm grey and black
  • 6″ plastic 45° triangle
  • 1 tube Liquitex Basics Titanium 8.45 oz.  
  • 1 tube Liquitex Basics Mars black 8.45 oz.
  • 1 tube Liquitex Basics 4 oz. Burnt Umber 
  • 1 tube Liquitex Basics 4 oz. Ultramarine Blue
  • 9″ x 12″ (or larger) tear-off paper palette. If you already have a sturdy plastic or wood pallet you may use that.
  • 1″ flat brush
  • Angelus synthetic paint brushes (set of 5 assorted), or Royal Langnickel RSET- 9182, or a similar brush set that includes… round 1, 6, and 12, liner- 2, angular- ½”, and glaze wash- ¾”. Do not get bristle brushes as they are too streaky for acrylic

FD106 3D Design ( included in the supply kit, you'll take this next fall )

  • Xacto knife and #11 blades
  • Utility knife
  • 24″ metal T-square
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Compass
  • Sharpie: Fine Black

Additional Needs ( not included in supply kit )

FD104 2D Design II (not included in kit)

  • 1” masking tape and ¼” masking tape 
  • One piece of 20” x 30” cold press illustration board, 
  • 1 4oz tube of Liquitex Basics (acrylic paint) in each of these colors: Phthalocyanine green, Light Green Permanent, Dioxazine Purple, Alizarin Crimson, Naphthol Crimson, Cadmium Orange Medium Hue, Primary Yellow
  • Pocket color wheel
  • Fabric cloth (old t-shirt or kitchen cloth)
  • pallet knife (plastic is ok)
  • A spray bottle that puts out a fine mist (Dollar Store purchase)
  • Optional: Hairdryer to accelerate paint drying time

FD 114 Figure Drawing

  • Conte Crayons: Set of 12 Portrait Colors
  • 4 sheets Canson Mi-Teintes Drawing Paper (19 x 24)  Neutral Tone such as Moonstone, Pearl Gray, Sky Grey, Alaska Blue

Other Items

  • Art Bin/Organizer
    Recommended size of 14.375″ x 7″ x 5″ or larger.
  • Portfolio with carrying strap and handle
    Recommended size of 23″x31″ (actual dimensions 25″x33″); a portfolio may be ordered through the supply kit order form.

Textbooks you'll need

Please order the following books, new or used, using only the ISBN numbers listed to get the correct edition. Be sure to purchase these books so that you are sure to have them by the first day of classes. 

The books will be used for these classes:
– FVC 101 Foundations of Verbal Communication

  • The St. Martin’s Guide to Writing
    ISBN: 9781319249229.

    Thirteenth Edition, by Rise B. Axelrod and Charles R. Cooper.

technology you'll need

In addition to your studio supplies and textbooks, please keep in mind that all students are required to have access to a laptop computer prior to the start of classes.

  • Laptop: To view the laptop technical specifications for your intended major, please go to: pcad.edu/laptop
  • Adobe Creative Suite & Microsoft Office Suite: You’ll gain access to this software for your classes through your PCA&D email account – no need to purchase anything extra. Contact the IT Department at it@pcad.edu for more information.