Creative Process + Material Studies: Core 1
Course No. CDE 200 Credits: 3.0
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.
Language of Materials: Core 2
Course No. CDE 201 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Seth Nagelberg
The second course in the core explores commonalities and differences in the “language of materials.” Emphasis is placed on visual and conceptual aspects of materials, and material process. This makes for interesting investigations and explorations within and across mediums. Historically materials and processes are connected with the evolution of function, and meaning. The class will explore inherent physical properties that may bring content and depth to ideas borne of the medium itself. Students continue the process of research and ideation using these common themes, and explore through experimentation. Each student’s individual voice begins to emerge. Fundamental techniques will be explored and practiced, stressing the practice of the maker. Idea-books/sketchbooks will continue to be worked on as an important part of the creative process. Offered spring.
Digital Surface + Image: Core 3 (EP)
Course No. CDE 300 Credits: 3.0
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.
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.
BFA Research + Thesis: Core 5
Course No. CDE 400 Credits: 3.0
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.
Jewelry + Metals: Fabrication
Course No. MET 206-306-406 Credits: 3.0
Prerequisite(s) Intro to Jewelry + Metals
Emphasis in the studio is placed on fabrication techniques, from pattern work to cold connection, soldering on larger scale and hollow construction. Independent work is encouraged. Visiting artists, field trips, and slide presentations supplement the class. Open to sophomore Jewelry + Metals majors and all electives. Prerequisites: MET249 Introduction to Jewelry + Metals.
Enamel: Image, Surface, Relief
Course No. MET 245 Credits: 3.0
Faculty Gretchen Goss
Fused glass (enamel) to metal is the focus of this course. Drawing and painting skills will transcend graphite, paper, oil and canvas to molten glass on metal. Transparent, opaque, liquid and dry enamels will be introduced. Experimental to traditional processes in the medium will be covered. Photographic and digitally produced images are options for resists for the acid etching process. The linear aspects of cloisonné will be considered through the fusion of formed silver and copper wires into the enamel surface.
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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