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BFA Research + Thesis: Core 5

Course No. CDE 400  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Matthew Hollern | Seth Nagelberg

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 Show 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 & Design majors. Offered fall. Open to electives.

BFA Statement + Exhibition: Core 6

Course No. CDE 401  Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kathy Buszkiewicz

BFA Statement and 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 & Design majors. Offered spring. Open to electives.

Ceramics: Advanced Handbuilding

Course No. CER 243-343-443  Credits: 3.0

This course will explore basic and advanced hand-building techniques to explore individual investigation of clay for personal ideation and concepts. We will make glazes, fire kilns and explore ceramic history. We will cover all types of work from utility to sculpture and its relationship to site and place. The class will research and test various ceramic materials, clay bodies and surface treatments. Open to all.

Ceramics: Alchemy of Fire + Clay

Course No. CER 244-344-444  Credits: 3.0

Students will explore and experiment with ancient and contemporary firing techniques, such as raku, pit firing, sawdust and saggar firing. Ceramic history of the vessel and sculpture traditions will be covered. Work will be fabricated using the wheel and hand building techniques. The class will work on drawing and image making using these primeval traditions to create their own personal idiom and concepts. Open to all.

Ceramics: Dciph Digit Dsgn to Phys Mtrl

Course No. CER 258-358-458  Credits: 3.0

Participants will obtain a familiarity with the various fabrication techniques utilized in transforming digital design into ceramics. This familiarity will inform their ability to objectively analyze a digital model for its ability to be translated into ceramics. Additionally, they will obtain an understanding of glaze and clay chemistry, the stages of clay and firing processes. Finally, students will acquire the basic skills necessary for setting up and outputting a model using digital fabrication tools. Books and supplies to be determined by instructor.

Ceramics: Image, Pattern + Surface in Clay

Course No. CER 202-302-402  Credits: 3.0

This class will concentrate on the integration of form and surface using drawing, painting, pattern and mark making on ceramics. We will use ceramic materials, print processes, decals and digital imagery on both two and three dimensional clay objects. We will research historical and current ceramic works and the technology of image making on clay to invent a personal narrative. Required of all Ceramic Majors. Open to all. Prerequisites: Some clay working experience is suggested.

Ceramics: Internship (EP)

Course No. CER 399-499  Credits: 0.0

Elective credit can be given on a case-by case basis for student internships developed through the Career Services Office, with advance permission of instructor and department chair. Fulfills Engaged Practice requirement.

Ceramics: Majolica, The Painted Pot

Course No. CER 247-347-447  Credits: 3.0

This course will explore the use of the painted image and pattern through the tin- glazed Majolica earthenware tradition. This is a brightly colored glazing technique steeped in the ceramic history of the Middle East, Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands. Wheel based and handbuilt fabrication will be taught along with over-glaze brush techniques. Students will investigate personal iconography and its connection to form, volume and content. Some clay experience is useful. Open to all.

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Alberto Veronica Lopez

Technical Specialist | Adjunct Faculty

Alberto Veronica Lopez received his MFA at Syracuse University and his BFA at Kansas City Art Institute. His a...more

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