Foundation Supply List

FALL 2022 Semester

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. 

In the first week of August, 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 in August. 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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 )

  • 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 in May, June, or July so that you are sure to have them by the first day of classes on August 22. 

The books will be used for these classes:
– FVC 101 Foundations of Verbal Communication
– AH 110 Introduction to the History of Art & Visual Culture

The total cost of all of the textbooks will be around $175.

  • The St. Martin’s Guide to Writing
    ISBN: 9781319439828

    Thirteenth Edition, by Rise B. Axelrod, et. al.
    Order this textbook on the Macmillan Student Store website only. Enter the course ID: t8t2qk
    This is a loose-leaf edition of the book with 1-year access to Achieve, the online companion site to the textbook.

  • Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture
    ISBN: ‎978-0190265717

    3rd Edition, by Marita Sturken & Lisa Cartwright.
    You may order used copies of this book and the two books below on sites like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Abe’s Books.

  • Short Guide to Writing About Art
    ISBN: ‎ 978-0205886999

    11th Edition, by Sylvan Barnett

  • Methods & Theories of Art History
    ISBN: ‎978-1913947026

    3rd Edition, by Michael Cothren & Anne D’Alleva

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 on Monday, August 22, 2022.

  • 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.
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