Course No. MET 272X-372X-472X Credits: 3.0
As an element of fashion, accessories may serve to punctuate a statement, create a persona, and at their best, serve to reflect and record the times in which we live. Jewelry + Metals is an expansive discipline that plays an important role in fashion, and accessories design. Accessories is designed to extend our opportunities to explore new frontiers of art and design where we will examine history, concepts and design practices, materials, and technologies toward men’s and women’s accessories. Varied materials and techniques from self-directed exploration to advanced studio technologies will supplement the course to challenge conceptual growth, facilitate design, and present new means of fabrication. Projects are presented to challenge students to conduct research and explore their own direction. Discussions and presentations recognize the direction of the group. The course includes group discussions, visiting artists/designers, a field trip, presentations, and demonstrations to support individual directions.
Advanced Enamel Processes
Course No. MET 352-452 Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Enamel: Image, Surface, Relief
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.
BFA Research + Thesis: Core 5
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.
Creative Process + Material Studies: Core 1
Course No. CDE 200 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Kathy Buszkiewicz
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. The sophomores in the Craft + Design 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 + Design major programs. Offered fall.
Digital Modeling + Making: Core 4
Course No. CDE 301 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Matthew Hollern
Craft & Design 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.
Digital Surface + Image: Core 3 (EP)
Course No. CDE 300 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Gretchen Goss
The third year of the Craft + Design core explores the integration of digital technologies, imaging three-dimensional modeling, new materials and processes, and the connections with ceramics, glass, and jewelry and metals. The fall semester brings a focus to the application and integration of 2D digital imaging on surfaces and forms in clay, enamel, glass, and metal. Projects build on the foundation skillset and encourage the use of digital technology for the development of image, pattern, and texture. Students utilize and develop their skills with imaging software and explore how it translates into the various materials and surfaces. Offered fall. Fulfills Engaged Practice requirement.
Enamel in the Public Realm
Course No. MET 250-350-450 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Gretchen Goss
The use of enamel for public, community based, collaborative, or interactive art is the focus of this course. Demonstrations will support beginning to advanced level students and will vary based on needs to complete individual projects. The emphasis for beginning students will be on the use of enamel on the two-dimensional surface. Students with metal forming experience may explore three-dimensional forms in combination with enamel.
Professor | Co-Chair of Glass
Gretchen Goss is a visual artist who works primarily in enamel, inspired by the natural world. Her work has be...more
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