Advanced Enamel Process
This course will focus on advanced and experimental processes with enamel. Processes may include but are not limited to: torchfiring, electroforming, grissaille, plique-a-jour, enameling on silver and gold. Advanced students are expected to continue their exploration of the medium, focusing on enamel techniques not covered in the beginning course. Students are encouraged to explore 3-dimensional formats and large-scale applications at the same time as mastering their skills in the processes previously learned. Graduating students are generally working independently on research and production of work for the BFA exhibit. Technical demonstrations will be based on the skill level of the students enrolled each semester. Prerequisites: MET245 Enamel: Image, Surface, Relief.
Advanced Glass Concepts: Hot Sculpting
Course No. GLS 242-342-442 Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Hot Glass Intro
With emphasis on Hot Sculpting and students own voice and concepts using glass as a media for expression will be developed. Advancing skills in alternative methods for forming. Techniques is a goal. General studio operation. Safety in the studio. Enrollment priority to intermediate, advanced electives and majors first. Assignments given at an advanced prerequisite, one semester of hot glass. May be repeated. Course fee required. Prerequisite: One semester of hot Glass.
Advanced Glass Concepts: Casting
Course No. GLS 240-340-440 Credits: 3.0
This course aims at advancing students' knowledge and techniques in creative and intellectual ways as well as fostering new conceptual schemes. Students will be introduced to such methods as sand casting, Pate-de-verre, cold working and kiln casting in the course of pursuing their sculptural goals. In the meantime, students will also practice applying problem-solving skills to making art. By the end of this course, students will have a thorough knowledge and understanding of general kiln forming and acquire more advanced casting techniques. Ultimately, with this technical basis, the course will inspire students to shape and realize an individual visual voice. Hot glass will be possibly conducted as complement. Open to all students with one semester of glass. Course fee required. Pre-requisite: One semester of Glass.
Advanced Hot Glass: Concept, Theory, + Practice
Course No. GLS 343A-443A Credits: 3.0
Faculty Chadd Lacy
Assignments given at all levels 300 Independent projects at 400. Includes research and development of concepts using glass as a media for expression. Practice in advanced hot glass working further building on fundamentals of blowing off-hand to more advanced techniques surface decoration of vessels and use of hot glass for sculptural ideas. Advanced methods for forming, may include hot casting, mold blowing, using multiples; cold joining using special adhesives; and cold glass, cutting grinding and finishing techniques. Emphasis on Hot Glass. Safety and General studio operation. For Glass Majors and Advanced Electives. Course fee required. May be repeated. Prerequisite: One semester of hot Glass.
BFA Research + Thesis
Course No. CMC 400 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Matthew Hollern
Core 5 is a hybrid seminar/studio courses for seniors with a focus on investigation, growth and verbal intelligibility. Each student develops their own criteria for a thesis and portfolio of work through research, exploration, and experimentation in various materials and media. The seminar includes discussions, presentations, readings, and writing assignments which vary to recognize the direction of the group and formal issues and conceptual challenges. The subject, research, and writing for the thesis are developed during the first semester with the final thesis due before the BFA exhibition and critique. The course includes field trips to museums, galleries, and artist studio visits to expose students to historical and contemporary artwork and practice. The mid-year review at the end of the fall semester is an Environment- wide presentation and progress review, which also prepares students for the oral defense of the BFA exhibition in the spring. Required of all graduating Craft + Material Culture majors. Offered fall. Open to electives.
BFA Statement + Exhibition
BFA Statement + Exhibition is a hybrid seminar/studio course that builds on the research and thesis work developed in Core 5. Research, exploration, and experimentation culminate with the presentation of the statement and the BFA exhibition. The seminar includes discussions, presentations, readings, and writing assignments which vary to recognize the direction of the group and formal issues and conceptual challenges. The subject, research, and writing for the thesis and BFA statement are further developed during the spring semester with the statement and body of work completed for the BFA exhibition and review. The course includes field trips and artist studio visits to offer the students critical, historical, and contemporary points of reflection. The course also addresses the planning and preparation toward career goals including goals statements, resume review, and digital presentations by each senior. Required of all graduating Craft + Material Culture majors. Offered spring. Open to electives.
Creative Process + Materials Studies
Students focus on the creative process and material studies across the craft majors. From inspiration to the production of multiples, each major explores design and making through their respective mediums as well as other materials. Sophomores in the Craft + Material Culture environment address common themes while working in their respective major: Ceramics, Glass, and Jewelry + Metals. The course affords the integration of skills and knowledge from foundation including drawing, design, color, digital synthesis, and collaboration, with the practices related to the full scope of the Craft + Material Culture major programs. Offered fall.
Digital Modeling + Making
Course No. CMC 301 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Matthew Hollern
Craft Core 4 explores the integration of computer-aided design (CAD) across the craft disciplines. Building on the Core 3 course, Digital Modeling and Making addresses a range of new materials and technologies toward innovative applications across the range of craft, new skills and knowledge from 3D modeling to computer aided manufacturing, and rapid prototyping. Projects integrate design and output experiences toward exploration of new materials, patterns, molds, templates, models, and objects. The seminar/ studio course includes weekly seminar discussions, presentations, and reviews as well as dedicated work in the studios, labs, and major spaces. Laptops are recommended but not required. Offered spring.
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